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Five teams respond to RFQ to build I-65 bridges, interchanges in downtown Louisville

List will be narrowed to 3 by mid-April; innovation, speed, value and inclusion will determine winner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 3, 2012) – Five teams of bridge- and road-building professionals responded to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s call for firms to build a new I-65 bridge in downtown Louisville and rebuild interstate connections on both sides of the Ohio River.

This is the Kentucky-managed portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The other half being managed by Indiana includes an East End bridge and its approaches that will connect the I-265 Gene Snyder Freeway with the Lee Hamilton Highway on the Indiana side.

Each portion of the project is expected to cost approximately $1.3 billion.

The teams that responded to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Downtown Crossing by Monday’s deadline include some of the leading contracting firms in the nation. The list includes:

Cross River Constructors LLC, a joint venture of Flour Enterprises Inc., Acciona Infraestructuras S.A. and The Lane Construction Company

Kentucky Indiana Bridge Partners, a joint venture by Bechtel Infrastructure Corp. and Tutor Perini Corp.

Ohio River Transportation Constructors, a joint venture of Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Traylor Brothers Inc., Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. and Massman Construction Co.

Skanska, Flatiron, Dragados USA

Walsh Construction Co.

A KYTC review committee will narrow the list of teams to three by mid-April. The selection criteria include proven experience; innovative ideas; inclusion of minorities and women in the construction workforce; and ability to deliver the best value on schedule.

Teams will spend the summer developing specific proposals that will include innovative concepts, technical designs and cost details.

The schedule calls for the winning team to be selected in October, allowing preliminary construction work to begin before year’s end. The massive construction project – which includes a new downtown I-65 bridge, overhauling the existing Kennedy Bridge, rebuilding the downtown Louisville interchange and new interstate connections in southern Indiana – is scheduled for completion on or before June 2018.