On March 9, 2012, the Indiana Finance Authority, an independent instrumentality in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation, issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting statements of qualifications from prospective proposers to develop, design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a tolled bridge facility and associated roadway facilities crossing the Ohio River from Clark County in southeastern Indiana into Jefferson County, Kentucky (the East End Crossing) through an availability payment concession.
The East End Crossing involves the construction of the approximately 3.3-mile Gene Snyder Freeway (KY 841) approach to a new East End Bridge on the Kentucky side in Eastern Jefferson County, including an approximately 2,000-foot tunnel; the construction of an approximately 2,500-foot, 4-lane new East End Bridge (which can accommodate six lanes) located about eight miles east of downtown Louisville; and the construction of the approximately 4.1-mile Lee Hamilton Highway (SR 265) approach to the East End Bridge in Indiana.
Statements of qualifications are due on April 9, 2012.
The East End Crossing is just one of two ongoing procurement processes that make up the larger Ohio River Bridges Project to be developed in coordination with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Since the Ohio River Bridges Project links Indiana and Kentucky, it requires the cooperation and partnership of both states and the cities of Louisville and Jeffersonville.
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