The Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing project was recognized this week as the region’s best Quality of Life/Community Development project in 2017. The $670 project, which led to the creation of the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Louisville, won top honors in the large project division at the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials Annual Meeting in Cleveland.
The bridge was completed in December 2016 and “is increasing cross-river mobility in the Southern Indiana-Louisville metro area by improving safety, alleviating traffic congestion and connecting highways,” the Indiana Department of Transportation reported Wednesday, July 26. The Kentucky approach to the new bridge extended I-265, adding a new, four-lane 1.4-mile section.
The East End Crossing was developed in partnership with WVB East End Partners, which was selected to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the East End Crossing. The overall Ohio River Bridges project is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $87 billion on the region over the next 30 years.
Indiana’s U.S. 31 Hamilton County project also was recognized today, earning an award in the large division of the Operations Excellence category. The $350 million project, completed in the summer of 2016, upgraded 13 miles of existing U.S. 31 between I-465 in Carmel and S.R. 38 near Westfield. With the improvements, a total of 13 traffic signals have been removed from the segment, reducing travel time and the risk of crashes along the corridor.
“INDOT works every day to improve Indiana’s economic competitiveness and the quality of life for all Hoosiers,” Joe McGuinness, INDOT Commissioner said. “The East End Crossing and the new U.S. 31 in Hamilton County are prime examples of our commitment to those goals. Both projects are making travel safer and more convenient for motorists and promoting development and job growth by enhancing the transportation networks in two of Indiana’s fastest growing regions.”
Both projects will compete for the America’s Transportation Awards Grand Prize and People’s Choice awards, which will be announced in September. For a full list of winners announced this week, click here.