JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the City of Jeffersonville have reached an agreement in principle to share responsibilities in financing and maintaining additional aesthetic enhancements for the Indiana approaches to the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Pending Redevelopment Commission and City Council approval, INDOT and Jeffersonville would share the costs for enhancements that may include upgraded railings, fencing, lighting, pedestrian connections and other aesthetic measures. The city also would assume some ongoing maintenance responsibilities consistent with other major projects throughout Indiana.
Specific enhancements and their costs are still being investigated. More information will be available once a written agreement with financial and maintenance commitments is signed by both parties.
The Bridges Project will improve cross-river mobility and increase safety in one of the nation’s most congested and important highway corridors. It involves construction of two new bridges across the Ohio River between Louisville and Jeffersonville and between Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind. In addition, the project will dramatically improve the Kennedy Interchange, where Interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet in downtown Louisville, and the existing Kennedy Bridge that carries I-65 traffic.
Will Wingfield, INDOT: 317-233-4675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Merkley, Jeffersonville: (812) 285-6423 or lmerkley@CityofJeff.net