Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project—East End Crossing: Evaluating Sustainability Performance on a P3 Transportation Mega Project

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges (LSIORB) East End Crossing (EEC) project consists of a 2,300-ft cable-stay bridge over the Ohio River, a 1,700-ft twin bore tunnel, and 8 mi of new-terrain highway which links Prospect, Kentucky, in northeast Louisville to Jeffersonville and Utica in Southern Indiana. The EEC project used the Envision infrastructure sustainability rating system to evaluate performance and was awarded a platinum rating by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) in November 2016. As Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT’s) largest public–private partnership (P3) project and the first involving new construction, this $1.1 billion project is one of the largest single infrastructure projects in North America to be certified by a third party horizontal infrastructure sustainability rating system. It is also the first application of Envision to a major river crossing. The goal of this paper is to convey the following main ideas: early commitment and continued investment by the owner is critical to ensuring that sustainability practices are followed throughout the project lifecycle; Envision’s focus on transformative practices that consider lifecycle performance is inherently compatible with the scope and requirements of large P3 infrastructure projects; collaboration among project team members and integration throughout all project phases optimizes sustainability performance and Envision credit achievement. It also strengthens relationships among participating firms and serves as on-the-job sustainability training in a rapidly growing specialty; as early adopters of Envision on a unique project, there were lessons learned by the project team throughout the process.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2017: Methodology

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  • Accession Number: 01683746
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784481196
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2018 5:12PM