The skaters are back on board

First conceived in 2002, the Ohio River Bridges Project has been both hailed as a potential lodestar for US privatisation and disparaged as a gathering scourge on the skateboarding community – until now.

A review of the multi-billion dollar undertaking, a bi-state government-led endeavour to build a bridge linking Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana, concluded that the project would leave the Louisville Extreme Park, a world renowned skate park, intact.

The 1.85-acre Louisville park is located next to the Kennedy Interchange, dubbed “Spaghetti Junction”. Spaghetti Junction needs to be rebuilt to accommodate the project. And rebuilding Spaghetti Junction was supposed to entail an acre-long routing—and, in effect, tearing down of—the skate park.

But Louisville rallied around Extreme Park, going back to the drawing board and coming up with a re-design that will cost the park just a third of its land.

Opened in 2002, the park was featured in the “Secret Skate Park Tour” DVD series created by legendary professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.

The Ohio River Bridges Project is set to begin in 2012, with Indiana planning to embark on a public-private partnership (PPP) for its part of the project and Kentucky a design-build scheme.