selects unique design
for East End Bridge
(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.
selected design gives motorists an unobstructed view of the Ohio
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 publics
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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