Ohio River bridge project resuming powwow

A bi-state effort between Kentucky and Indiana to construct a bridge along the Ohio River hit a snag with a public hearing was nixed last month. But the forum restarted yesterday.

A brief holdup for a public hearing about a multibillion bridge that would link Indiana and Kentucky ended Monday with a meeting in Kentucky.

A second public hearing in Ohio will take place tonight, according to a Web site for the Ohio River Bridges Project—a proposed public-private partnership (PPP) that would construct a bridge between Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, and reconfigure the Kennedy Interchange in Louisville.

In November, the Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority, a cross state partnership established to examine the would-be project, cancelled the hearing.

The authority worried public doubt about the project delivery method, or system used to build, finance, manage and operate an infrastructure project need to be eliminated before going ahead with a formal process.

A request for information (RFI) for the project was published in November and due by December. The project has been anticipated to cost from $1.2 billion and $2.9 billion.