Monday, December 9 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-09 23:37:59 GMT
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."The RFP includesMore >>
The IU School of Medicine has released the official request for proposal for,"the development of a multi-institutional academic health, science and research center in Evansville, Indiana."More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:34 PM EST2013-12-09 22:34:19 GMT
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) – Police are reporting a flatbed lumber semi-truck has overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan. Police are reporting the driver is out of the truck, and seems to be okay. PoliceMore >>
A flatbed lumber semi-truck that overturned on NB I-164 between Lynch & Morgan has now been up righted. More >>
Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year.More >>
Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.More >>
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -
Plans to paint the KY 2262/IN Route 161 Ohio River Bridge – the "Blue Bridge" in Owensboro – are on track for a scheduled Feb. 22nd bidding.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) engineers have received inquiries from about a dozen contractors who have expressed an interest in painting the Owensboro landmark. Once bids are received, engineers will take about a week to review the winning bid to ensure it meets all technical requirements before a contract is awarded.
According to KYTC District 2 Chief District Engineer Kevin McClearn, the contractor should be able to complete most of the cleaning and painting work on the approaches by working underneath the bridge structure with minimal lane restrictions. However, cleaning and painting of the main truss spans can be accomplished much quicker if the bridge is completely closed during that phase of the work.
"We narrowed numerous design parameters down to a couple of basic choices. We could go with limited one-lane traffic for two construction seasons, or we could close the bridge to all traffic to allow the contractor to complete the work on the main truss in only one season," McClearn said. "We discussed the full closure option with Owensboro and Daviess County officials, and although neither choice is perfect, we have their support."
McClearn noted the one-season full closure decision was aided by the fact that with one-lane closure, traffic on the bridge would be one-way for the duration of the project and no trucks or farm equipment would be allowed for two full construction seasons.
During remarks to the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Rooster Booster Breakfast on Thursday morning, McClearn acknowledged that the painting project will create some hardships for businesses that depend on the river crossing and daily commuters who will face a detour via the US 231 Natcher Bridge.
"Closing the Blue Bridge adds a little less than 10 miles to a commute from Reo, Indiana, to downtown Owensboro. From our conversations with various stakeholders, the conclusion was that enduring that detour for one season was preferable to enduring delays created by extended one lane traffic flow over two seasons to accommodate the work," McClearn said.
Current plans call for the Blue Bridge to close for the painting project after May 12th, allowing it to be fully open during Owensboro's International Bar-B-Que Festival. It would be expected to reopen to traffic by November 15th in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday traffic.
The request for bids is being structured to ensure timely completion. The contractor will face a $4,000 per day fine for keeping the bridge closed beyond the November 15th date.
After the letting, and before the Bar-B-QueFestival, periodic overnight closures will be allowed during the week to configure rigging and position equipment to ensure that work begins quickly once the contractor is given full control of the structure. McClearn noted that sufficient notice will be given to the public prior to any overnight closures leading up to the May 12 full closure.
"Once the Blue Bridge is closed for this work, it will remain closed until painting of the main truss is complete," McClearn said. "The contractor will be allowed more overnight closures and limited lane restrictions for painting of the approach spans during the 2014 construction season, and the completion of the entire project is projected to be November 15, 2014."
Temperature requirements would likely prohibit painting work beyond November 15th. Work dates for the 2014 construction season will be from April 1st to November 15th.
The project is jointly funded by Kentucky and Indiana. The Blue Bridge was originally scheduled for painting in 2017. Following the re-development of Owensboro's riverfront, local lawmakers moved funding for new paint up in the Kentucky road plan. The Indiana Department of Transportation agreed to advance their share of the funding to put the project on track for the 2013 construction season.
The painting project will affect commuters and about 30 businesses that depend on bridge traffic. Many of the businesses affected by the 6-month closure are along IN 161 between the bridge and Indiana 66 at Reo, Indiana. The Blue Bridge was also closed during the 2011 construction season for a partial rehab of the bridge deck for a period of 3 months.
The Blue Bridge, also known as the Glover Cary Bridge, connects KY 2262 and Indiana Route 161.
Approximately 8,500 vehicles cross the Blue Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in an average day. The bridge opened to traffic in September 1940 as a toll bridge. Tolls were discontinued in 1954. The Blue Bridge is located at Ohio River navigation mile point 756.3 in downtown Owensboro.
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:08 PM EST2013-12-11 02:08:16 GMT
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges. Police say a tip lead them to 29-year-old Jessica Pate's home on Jackson Avenue. Officers say during a search of her home they found threeMore >>
An Evansville mother is facing several child neglect charges.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 3:59 PM EST2013-12-10 20:59:50 GMT
On Monday December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm the North Canton Police Department responded to 1161 North Main Street Lot 16, to investigate a report of the possibility of infant skeletal remains found in aMore >>
An investigation is underway after the skeletal remains of two infants were found in a North Canton mobile home.
Cops were called to the mobile home on North Main Street just before 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Monday, December 9 2013 8:17 PM EST2013-12-10 01:17:55 GMT
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world again, and he's taking his whole band with him. Brooks remains theMore >>
The country music star who set the standard for live concert production in the 1990s is back. Garth Brooks is ready to tour the world, and he's taking his whole band with him.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:35 PM EST2013-12-11 02:35:35 GMT
Voting is almost over in a special election in Western Kentucky. The election is to fill the 7th House District seat vacated when Representative John Arnold stepped down. The district covers all of UnionMore >>
The polls closed at 6 Tuesday night, and results show a winner in the election for the 7th District House seat. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:21 PM EST2013-12-11 01:21:35 GMT
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing andMore >>
Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier are cutting ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm after an animal rights group released video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:41 AM EST2013-12-11 13:41:37 GMT
HENDERSON, KY (WFIE) – Two students at Henderson High School is facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students. According to Henderson School District Public InformationMore >>
Two students at Henderson High School are facing expulsion after the school says "serious horseplay" occurred on other students.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:51 PM EST2013-12-11 02:51:15 GMT
Officials with the EVSC say schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Wednesday. When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the followingMore >>
When on a two-hour delay, all schools and programs will begin two hours later than their normal time, with the following exceptions:More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:38 PM EST2013-12-11 04:38:05 GMT
The Indiana State Board of Education is hearing from EVSC officials Tuesday night on why Glenwood Leadership Academy should stay open and under the school corporation's control. EVSC Superintendent DavidMore >>
A sixth consecutive 'F' grade could be facing Evansville's Glenwood Leadership Academy and that could force the state to take drastic action. More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 11:54 PM EST2013-12-11 04:54:32 GMT
(RNN) - Gil Brandt of NFL.com and ESPN radio host Paul Finebaum are reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban is in contract negotiations with the university for a contract extension that would pay him $7 millionMore >>
Reports are swirling that Alabama football coach Nick Saban has a contract extension on his desk from Alabama. Meanwhile, conflicting reports coming from Texas say that coach Mack Brown may be on his way out this week. More >>
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