Ohio River Bridges Project Price Tag Climbs Again, but Why?

The price tag for massive project to bridge the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky complete with dual approach tunnels, has long been a source of controversy. Another sudden cost increase has one commenter wondering how this keeps happening.

Aaron Renn checks in with the “Indiana Big-Dig” aka “The Tunnel Under the Trees” aka “The Boondoggle Ohio River Bridges project”—a 2.6 billion highway project that is the work of the departments of transportation in Kentucky and Indiana. After Indiana claimed to have found $209 million on the project due to design changes, Renn caught a mysterious price increase in a recent news report.

“Remember that $260 million tunnel under the trees in Louisville?…Would you believe the price went up by almost $80 million at the same time Indiana claimed it ‘saved’ $209 million on it through design changes? Of course you would.”

“Yesterday the Courier Journal reported that the actual tunnel was cost $338 million – that’s a $78 million increase over 2010 and a $36 million increase over our max burn scenario in 2012.”

Renn also presents a couple of possible scenarios to explain the loose math, but neither of them are particularly flattering to the state DOTs.

Full Story: How State DOT Math Works

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.
$23.00