East End Kentucky Approach
KYTC secures contract for purchase of Drumanard Estate
Needed for construction of East End crossing in Jefferson County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2012) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)
has contracted for purchase of the historic Drumanard Estate in Jefferson County,
taking a significant step toward realization of a long-sought East End Bridge over
the Ohio River.
The cabinet will pay $8.3 million for the approximately 50-acre property owned by
Soterion Corp. Closing of the purchase is to occur on or before April 17.
An East End Bridge connecting Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind., is part of the Louisville-Southern
Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Kentucky and Indiana are splitting the project
into two procurements – Indiana contracting for the East End crossing and Kentucky
contracting for a downtown Louisville bridge and approaches on both sides of the
Under terms of the Record of Decision for the project, the approach to the East
End Bridge will be tunneled beneath the Drumanard property. KYTC will place a preservation
easement on the property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Media contact: Chuck.Wolfe@ky.gov, KYTC
Office of Public Affairs, (502) 564-3419
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (April 6, 2011) The Ohio River Bridges Project will host
a series of public meetings as part of the year-long federal review process necessary
before construction work can begin on two new bridges and rebuilding the downtown
Eight meetings will be scheduled in June as part of the federally prescribed process
known as a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), which will study
changes and environmental effects not considered during the original review, said
Bridges Project Manager John Sacksteder.
The update will evaluate a number of cost-saving approaches including those recommended
earlier this year by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer:
- Rebuilding the Kennedy Interchange in the existing location rather than move it
- Reducing the East End bridge, roadway and tunnel from six lanes to four lanes, with
the option to add two lanes later if traffic demand warrants
Removing the proposed pedestrian and bike path from the design of a new downtown
I-65 bridge as a result of a separate project to complete the Big Four Bridge pedestrian
walkway and bike path
The review will also consider the impact of collecting tolls on the new and improved
I-65 bridges downtown and the new East End Bridge.
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- If attendance at the June 5 open house is any indication, public interest in the
impending exploratory tunnel and access ramp work at U.S. 42 and KY 841 has reached
a high point. More than 200 area residents came to Springdale Community Church to
view exhibits, watch a brief power point presentation and question project engineers
and officials on issues ranging from work schedules to traffic flow.
March 2007 - Interest in design plans for the Kentucky East End Approach
section appeared to be at a high pitch Feb. 22, 2007, when approximately 200 area
residents turned out for an open house at Springdale Community Church. The public
came to review, and comment on, preliminary line and grade plans and aesthetic design
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January 2007 - The projected completion date for the U.S. 42/KY 841 ramp
relocation has been rescheduled from Dec. 30, 2006, to Spring 2007. An unusually
high amount of rain throughout the fall, which caused work delays, and a scheduled
winter shut-down has made it necessary to adjust the project’s completion date.
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