HMB Professional Engineers, Inc. (HMB) is one of three firms comprising Community Transportation Solutions (CTS), the team selected by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to oversee the first major phase of the Louisville - Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project. HMB’s partners on the CTS team were De Leuw, Cather & Co., of Chicago, and Beam, Longest and Neff, Inc., of Indianapolis. HMB’s primary responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Environmental studies from Biological Assessments to baseline studies – from Phase II Hazmat Investigations to permitting and mitigation plans. HMB Roadway and Structural Engineers also provided considerable support on various project design aspects. HMB and its CTS team partners are currently providing project management through the preconstruction engineering phases.
The Environmental Impact Statement and Preliminary Design Phase covered several major tasks, including realignment of interstates on both sides of the river, studies to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), traffic analysis, preliminary bridges design, and coordination of a public involvement program.
Another important factor to this project includes designing and acquiring right of way for Kentucky and Indiana approaches to the bridges. In order to relieve workload, District 5, KYTC assigned HMB to act as the district office. This means that the consultants acquiring right of way send all of their work in for review to HMB. HMB’s staff appraisal reviewers reviewed all of the completed appraisals, as well as several property owner counter proposal documents. HMB was also included in many of the meetings with property owners and their attorneys, and assisted the legal staff with any information needed for condemnations.
For more information about the Louisville Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, please visit kyinbridges.com.