updated: 8/3/2012 7:53:30 AM
A Clarksville company has been awarded the first construction contract for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Gohmann Construction Inc. will build a 3,000-foot road section that will ultimately connect the future East End Bridge with the River Ridge Commerce Center.
August 2, 2012
Clark County, Ind. -- The first construction contract on the Ohio River Bridges Project has been awarded to a local company, Gohmann Construction Inc. of Clarksville. Gohmannís $3.2 million bid was the lowest among six Indiana contractors to design and build a 3,000-foot road section that will ultimately connect State Road 265 and the future East End Bridge with the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will join federal, state and local officials Aug. 30 to break ground on the Ohio River Bridges Project. The project will improve cross-river mobility and increase safety in one of the nationís most congested and important highway corridors. In the process, it will create thousands of jobs, both in short-term construction and in long-term economic development.
Each state is responsible for procuring and overseeing construction of a portion of the project. Indiana is responsible for the East End Crossing that will link the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Expressway in Indiana. Kentucky is responsible for the Downtown Crossing portion, which will build a new I-65 bridge to supplement the existing Kennedy Bridge and modernize the Kennedy Interchange where Interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet in downtown Louisville.
When the East End Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project is finished, Old Salem Road will be the first exit north of the bridge for heavy trucks serving the nearby Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville and the River Ridge Commerce Center.
Gohmannís contract, which is separate from the rest of the East End Crossing project, will build 3,000 feet of Old Salem Road designed to accommodate heavy trucks, which includes a 170-foot two-span bridge that will form part of the proposed S.R. 265 interchange. Entrance and exit ramps for Old Salem Road are not included in the Gohmann contract.
River Ridge Commerce Center is a business and industrial park adjacent to the Port of Indiana Ė Jeffersonville, with easy access to multiple railways, major interstates, regional and international airports and the UPS Worldport Hub in Louisville. Earlier this year, Amazon.com selected River Ridge as the site for a new 1 million-square-foot distribution center that will employ more than 1,000 workers.
The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville encompasses more than 1,000 acres and over 3,200 feet of riverfront. It is home to 25 companies, including 13 steel-related facilities. The Port of Indiana - Jeffersonville is the 7th busiest U.S. waterborne shipping center and the 15th busiest for foreign and domestic shipping, handling more than $500 million in cargo each year.