Project Key Points

Sherman Minton Bridge

  • First interstate bridge in Louisville
  • Opened in 1962
  • Unique double-decked design
  • Carries six lanes of traffic (I-64 and US 150)
  • Carries about 70,000 vehicles daily
  • Long-term repairs needed to extend the life of the bridge
  • Five bridge structures associated with the crossing

Overview

  • Major bridge rehabilitation
  • Will add up to 30 years of life to the bridge
  • Replacement or refurbishment of all bridge decks
  • Rehabilitation or replacement of structural steel elements and hanger cables
  • New lighting
  • Drainage repairs 
  • Painting of steel components

Environmental Process

  • Study is required by law for federally funded projects 
  • Public involvement is a key part of the study
  • Analyzed temporary social, economic and environmental impacts 
  • Considered ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate temporary impacts 
  • Worked with state, local and federal officials

Construction Approach

  • Ensures at least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open for nearly 95% of the time
  • Lanes will be closed in one direction for 54 days of the estimated 843 total days of work
  • Closures will be limited to 9 consecutive days per direction in a calendar year and up to three 3-day weekends per direction each year
  • Reflects public’s preference for maximum access to bridge during construction

Funding

  • Fully funded through federal and state highway funds 
  • IN and KY will share the cost of the work 
  • There are no plans to toll the Sherman Minton Bridge

Timeline

  • Construction approach recommended in summer 2020
  • Complete contract procurement, select Design-Build/best value contractor in winter 2020 
  • Construction expected to begin late spring or early summer 2021 
  • Construction completed in three years

Project Milestones

Fall 2018

Project announced to the public

Fall 2020

Low-impact MOT approach approved

December 2020

Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. selected as the Design-Build Contractor

January-March 2021

Contract negotiation and award

Early Summer 2021

Anticipated start of construction and lane restrictions

Fact Sheet

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