ORB East End Crossing Named No. 1 Top Project Start in the Midwest


Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest has named the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing the No. 1 project among its “Midwest Top Project Starts of 2012” annual list in its April 1, 2013 magazine, ranking the highest out of 50 total projects across the region.

Our firm, American Structurepoint, is serving as the subconsultant to the lead design firm, Jacobs, on this project, which is headed by prime contractor and developer team Walsh Construction and VINCI Concessions. East End Crossing was procured by the Indiana Finance Authority and the Indiana Department of Transportation as a best value design-build-finance-operate-maintain project. The $763 million project, which began in August 2012, has a scheduled completion date of October of 2016.

We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and opportunity to participate in one of the largest transportation projects on-going in the nation. From our Transportation Group’s standpoint, the Ohio River Bridges project is the largest opportunity we’ve ever pursued, and this is the first public-private partnership we’ve ever been involved with. We hope this will help us to create more future teaming opportunities.

Our heaviest involvement for the East End Crossing project is with the Indiana approach to the new East End Bridge. We’ll modify the interchange at IN 265 with IN 62 and Port Road and design a new interchange at IN 265 and Old Salem Road. Our team will also design a new 4-lane, 4-mile road from the existing IN 265 interchange at IN 62 all the way to the new cable-stayed bridge that will be constructed over the Ohio River, just north of Utica and eight miles upstream from the current bridge. In addition, the work will include a combination of new and widening rehabilitation work on 18 bridges.

Last year’s “Midwest Top Project Starts of 2011” winner was the US 31 Major Moves Upgrade in Hamilton County, Ind., a $600 million INDOT project also expected to reach completion in 2017. The Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing project cost tops last year’s No. 1 project by $163 million—a giant undertaking for a very important infrastructure improvement project.

Learn more about the Ohio River Bridges projects at http://kyinbridges.com.