Bridge Selection

Committee selects unique design
for East End Bridge

Staff Report

(January 2007) – The Ohio River Bridges Project committee announced its decision on which design to pursue for the two bridges – one in downtown Louisville and a second “East End Bridge” to join Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind.

Bridge Concept

Rendition provided

The selected design gives motorists an unobstructed view of the Ohio River.

The committee selected “Alternative 3” for the $230 million East End Bridge. This design is perhaps the most unique of the three options presented by the committee during a series of public open houses held around the region in November. The selected design features a bridge with two needle towers rising 300 feet through the center of the platform with cables extending through the median, giving motorists an unobstructed view of the Ohio River.
A bridge with a similar design stands in Sarasota, Fla., according to lead designer Dan Carrier. RoundAbout featured the three alternatives in its December cover story.
The design committee spent more than a year studying dozens of options before narrowing the selection to only three alternatives. A separate set of three alternatives was presented for the downtown bridge by a separate design committee. The downtown bridge design selected features three pairs of towers with the highest standing 210 feet above the platform.
Neither of the two bridge designs selected were among the public’s top choices. The public had been invited to vote for its favorite designs on an Internet website, with more than 5,000 ballots cast. The committees chose the cheapest designs of the six, officials said.
In all, the two bridges are estimated to cost $3.9 billion in a project that includes redesigning Spaghetti Junction in downtown Louisville. The East End Bridge is scheduled to be built between 2009 and 2013.

• For more information, visit www.kyinbridges.com.

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