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Kentucky and Indiana: Construction of Ohio River Bridges

Agency: Federal Highway Administration

As reported in the Summer 2002 Case Digest, proposed highway improvements between Kentucky and Indiana were opposed by local preservation groups and Indian tribes concerned with the projectís effects on historic properties.

After extensive consultation, an agreement has been reached that allows the 40 consulting parties to develop design solutions together that are sensitive to historic preservation and other context values.

In October 2002, the proposed transportation enhancement project was listed as a priority under Executive Order 13274, “Environmental Stewardship and Transportation Infrastructure Project Reviews.”

Ohio River Bridges, Louisville, Kentucky



Downtown Louisville, KY, site of one of the proposed major bridge projects (staff photo)


In December 2002, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) held a second consultation meeting with Indian tribes to discuss the phased identification and assessment of effects, and the treatment of properties of religious and cultural significance, including those with human remains.

Later, the tribes and other consulting parties, including the Society for American Archeology, worked to resolve their differences about how a draft agreement on the treatment of the historic properties should address their concerns.

In an effort to resolve the adverse effects of the proposed project on historic properties, the consulting parties continued their discussions. More than 40 groups participated, including city and State agencies, Indian tribes, and preservation groups, with the addition of several archeology organizations. In March 2003, FHWA circulated a final agreement that was executed by the project’s signatories, including the ACHP.

Under the agreement, consulting parties will continue their collaborative effort for design solutions that are sensitive to historic preservation. The agreement also provides for specific mitigation measures to address direct and indirect adverse effects from noise, lighting, and construction. Historic property plans developed under the terms of the agreement will guide the selection of some specific mitigation measures.

For background information on this case, see the Summer 2002 Case Digest at

Staff contact: Laura Henley Dean

Posted August 15, 2003

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