24 April 2012
The US states of Kentucky and Indiana have announced the finalists that will compete to build the US$2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project.
Separate shortlists have been annonced for the Interstate 65 contract and for the East End Crossing.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) narrowed the list of design-build teams from five to three for the contract to build a new Interstate 65 bridge over the Ohio River in downtown Louisville and rebuild the interstate connections on both sides of the river.
The three shortlisted for the I-65 project are:
- Ohio River Transportation Constructors, a joint venture of Kiewit Infrastructure, Traylor Brothers, Kokosing Construction and Massman Construction
- Skanska, Flatiron and Dragados USA
- Walsh Construction Company
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 in or before June 2018.
Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) narrowed the list of potential partners from six to four for East End Crossing, which will connect the Lee Hamilton Expressway in Indiana with the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky.
The four shortlisted for the East End Crossing are:
- East End Mobility Partners, made up of SNC-Lavalin Capital, John Laing Investments, Zachry Resources, Tutor Perini Corporation
- Ohio River Mobility Group, made up of ACS Infrastructure Development, Hochtief PPP Solutions North America, Skanska Infrastructure Development, Flatiron Constructors and Dragados USA
- Ohio River Transportation Partners, made up of Infrared Capital Partners, Balfour Beatty Capital, Kiewit Development, Traylor Bros and Massman Construction
- WVB East End Partners, made up of Walsh Investors, Vinci Concessions and Bilfinger Berger PI International Holding.
“This was a difficult winnowing process,” said Indiana public finance director Kendra York. “All six teams had impressive qualifications and experience, but after a very diligent review, we concluded that these four teams best met our criteria.”
A final request for proposals on financing, developing, constructing, operating and maintaining the East End Crossing is due to be issued to the shortlisted teams in late July.