Ohio River Bridges (ORB)

LOUISVILLE, KY—The Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, located roughly from Clarksville, IN and 9th Street in downtown Louisville, KY, to just east of Utica, IN and Prospect, KY, was a five-year effort to develop a comprehensive, detailed environmental impact assessment of approximately 13,798 acres or 21.5 square miles for various transportation options to connect Southern Indiana and Louisville. The project examined alternatives such as the construction of one or more new bridges, the redesign of connecting interstate highways on both sides of the river and "non-highway" alternatives, such as mass transit, bike paths and telecommuting.

Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC (part of the team “Community Transportation Solutions Inc.” (CTS)) was selected by the state transportation agencies to complete the $22.2 million Environmental Impact Statement, the first phase of the project, and to develop preliminary designs. The work focused on four factors that helped guide the decision-making process: environmental impact, engineering feasibility, traffic analysis and public input. The Record of Decision completing the Environmental Impact Statement was signed in September 2003.

Public Involvement

Beginning in 1998 with the environmental phase, the project team maintained open lines of communication with the public using several methods and tools. This effort continued throughout the current phase of the Project, allowing people to interact with the Project personnel as follows:

  • Regional Advisory Committee
  • Area Advisory Teams
  • Historic Preservation Advisory Teams
  • Public Meetings and Public Hearings
  • Public Communications (Newsletter, Mail & Email Database, Project Website, etc)





Project has recieved numerous awards including an Engineering Excellence Award from the Consulting Engineers of Indiana, the Top Project Start by ENR Midwest and Project of the Year by the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA).

BLN has been involved in the project almost since the beginning—decades ago—providing Environmental Services and coordination that determined numerous factors that are affecting design and construction today. These days, our involvement centers around plan review, Right-of-Way Services and Construction Inspection.

Clients: Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

In-House Services Included

  • Program Management
  • Environmental Services
    • Coordination of over 40 subconsultants
  • Engineering Feasibility Study
  • Traffic Analysis
  • Public Coordination
  • Right-of-Way Services
    • Land Acquisition
  • Construction Inspection