Thursday, November 15, 2012

The $971.4 million bridge

A company from Chicago is the apparent low bidder on the project to build the new Ohio River bridge at Louisville, according to the Courier-Journal. Walsh Construction of Chicago said it could build the bridge for $971.4 million and have it open by Dec. 10, 2016.

Kentucky officials were pleased with the delivery date.

But a guy like me looks at the cost and thinks, almost $1 billion for an Ohio River bridge. Think of what the people who built those narrow bridges nearly a hundred years ago with private capital would have thought about a $1 billion bridge.

Indiana will open bids for its bridge at Lousville tomorrow morning.