East End Crossing of Ohio River Bridges Brings Awards and Recognition

LOUISVILLE, KY – Four members of the BLN team are being recognized for their hard work and dedication throughout the East End Crossing (EEC) construction of the Ohio River Bridges (ORB). Emily Brown, Mark Eckert, George Jackson, and Hugh Townsend are all being acknowledged for the outstanding work performed in accordance of the EEC.

In June and July alone, four members of the BLN staff received tech team awards for their involvement in the ORB project. Emily Brown was recognized for her work on the Ohio River Bridges project by receiving the Project-Wide East End Crossing Tech Team Safety Award Recognition in July. The award states, “She has made safety a priority, taking training and classes not only here at work, but also in her continuing educational pursuits. No one is more deserving of this award than Emily Brown.”

Alongside her are Hugh Townsend and George Jackson. Jackson received an East End Crossing Tech Team Safety Award Recognition for his maintenance of traffic (MOT) work on the lane closures at the SR 62 roundabout in Section 6. He found that there was a spacing issue with the barrels, no maintenance plan in place to replace barrels or devices that were hit, and one sign showing the wrong merge direction. George contacted WVC so they could take corrective action immediately, ensuring the safety of everyone in the area, workers and motorists alike.

Townsend and Eckert, both of who also received EEC Tech Team Awards, were recognized for their involvement with the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA). IFA works to provided economic management and efficiencies and they are often involved in construction benefiting the State.

Mark Eckert was commended for his efficient distribution of submittals that have been consistently relied upon by reviewers for design submittals to maximize review time. His dedication and flexibility has helped ensure the efficient flow of communication, which has been crucial throughout the fast-paced project. Mark has many times facilitated particularly complex or lengthy submittals with tight timelines. His perspective and interest has helped reviewers reach consensus while ensuring consistency between sections in the IFA responses.

Hugh Townsend received the East End Crossing Tech Team Quality Award Recognition for Section 5 in June 2016 for identifying any nonconforming details on the Kentucky Approach Bridge at an early stage. Furthermore, he was also recognized with an additional Quality Award Recognition for aiding the IFA, WVB, and WVC by identifying any nonconforming details on the Kentucky Approach Bridge at an early stage. Every day Hugh applies his years of construction experience, familiarity with INDOT Standard Specifications, and his clear understanding of the specific Bridge Plan details and project Specifications. His positive working relationship with the WVC QC team and his practice to raise any concerns he has early helps to quickly resolve issues. Recently with the ongoing deck and barrier work, Hugh has helped identify issues with the steel reinforcing, shear studs, utility duct placement, concrete cover issues, and concrete finish.

BLN could not be more honored to have staff members as capable and impressive as Brown, Eckert, Jackson, and Townsend. “These awards would not be possible without the dedicated employees consistently proving their expert knowledge out in the field,” says Jim Longest, PE, President and third generation partner, “Extraordinary employees have always aided in the success of BLN and proved our expertise in the marketplace.”

The purpose of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is to improve safety, alleviate traffic congestion and connect highways. It connects the east end of Louisville to southern Indiana, near Utica. The Kentucky approach to the new bridge extends I-265 (the Gene Snyder Freeway, also known as KY 841) from its current termination at U.S. 42 to the bridge, adding a new four-lane 1.4-mile section. The Indiana approach is a four-lane section and will extend SR 265 (the Lee Hamilton Highway) four miles from its current termination at SR 62 to the bridge.

The East End Crossing will provide several very specific benefits to the Louisville and Southern Indiana area, including convenient access for area residents commuting between eastern Jefferson County and southern Indiana and an alternate route that bypasses the urban traffic of downtown Louisville. A joint project between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, initial construction activity began in spring 2013 and will be substantially completed and open to traffic in late 2016.

BLN, as part of a venture with prime consultant Parsons, provided a number of services including program management, environmental services, engineering feasibility study, traffic analysis, public coordination, right-of-way services/land acquisition, construction observation, and coordination of more than 40 subconsultants.

About Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC

Founded in 1945, BLN is a third-generation, full-service engineering firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. BLN provides a customer-service approach with comprehensive solutions in all aspects of infrastructure projects that has been recognized in ENR Midwest as one of the top Midwest design firms as well as in ENR’s top 500 design firms in the US. With offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Michigan, and West Virginia, BLN is available to assist in improving infrastructure across the nation.