Regional
8:33 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Winning Firm Picked for Massive Ohio River Bridges Project

Kentucky transportation officials say a team headed by Chicago firm Walsh Construction Co. is the apparent winner of bidding to build a new bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. The Transportation Cabinet said the proposals were scored Thursday in Frankfort.

An artist's rendering of what the Ohio River bridges project would look like upon completion.

The Walsh bid included a projected completion date of December 2016 at a construction cost of $860 million, more than 1 1/2 years ahead of deadline and $90 million less than the cabinet's preliminary cost estimate.

Walsh plans to start construction early next year. The project includes a new Interstate 65 bridge, a revamped Kennedy bridge and reconstructed interchanges in downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville.

Indiana is overseeing construction of an eastern Jefferson County bridge and planned to announce a selected team on Friday.