Regional
8:39 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Ohio River Bridges Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget So Far

An artist's rendering of the new Ohio River bridges project
An artist's rendering of the new Ohio River bridges project
Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Ohio River bridges project is ahead of schedule and under budget according to an updated financial report.

The Courier-Journal reports the project will cost about $240 million less than previous projections, thanks to efficiencies in design and construction. The savings bring the total cost to about $2.34 billion.

Most of the joint Kentucky-Indiana project could be complete by the end of 2016, months ahead of schedule.

Kentucky is in charge of building a new bridge for northbound Interstate 65 traffic; a renovated and reconfigured John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge for southbound traffic; and improved downtown interchanges in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind.

Indiana is in charge of building a new bridge and approaches to connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Highway in Indiana.