The Ohio River Bridges (ORB) project, connecting Louisville and southern Indiana, is currently one of the nation’s largest transportation improvements. Anticipated for more than 40 years, the ORB will reduce congestion and improve safety and connectivity in the region’s busiest transportation hub.
Stantec is a design consultant on the Walsh Construction design-build team for the Downtown Crossing, one of two segments of this massive project. The team will complete the $860 million Downtown Crossing segment in December 2016, which is more than 18 months earlier than originally scheduled and $90 million under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s preliminary cost estimate.
The Downtown Crossing involves untangling “Spaghetti Junction”, or the Kennedy Interchange, the area where Interstates 64, 65, and 71 all merge in downtown Louisville. It also includes reworking an interchange in Jeffersonville, Indiana, revamping the Kennedy Bridge, and developing a new I-65 bridge.
Stantec is responsible for roadway, structure and drainage design; geotechnical engineering; permitting; landscaping, aesthetics and enhancements implementation and stakeholder involvement; and lighting/signing.