International Bridge Technologies

Abraham Lincoln Bridge – Louisville, Kentucky

Technical details
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet & Indiana Department of Transportation

Construction Completed: 2012

Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Design/Build Contractor: Walsh Construction Co., Prime Consultants: Type Selection Phase: Michael Bake, Design/Build Phase: Jacobs Engineering
SYSTRA IBT’s Role: Type Selection Phase: Concept Development, Design/Build Phase: Independent Check


Main Span: Two main spans of
750 ft (229 m)

Bridge Length:  2,000 ft (610 m)

Width: 128 ft (39 m)

The Abraham Lincoln Bridge connects Downtown Louisville to Southern Indiana. This bridge carries the northbound I-65 traffic immediately upstream of the existing Kennedy Bridge. The southbound traffic carries the existing bridge.

The total length of the cable-stayed structure is 2,000 ft (610 m) with two main spans of 750 ft (229 m) providing a minimum clearance for the navigation channel of 680 ft x 71 ft (207 m x 22 m).

The 128 ft (39 m) wide superstructure carries six lanes of traffic and a 17 ft (5.2 m)-wide pedestrian/bikeway. It is supported by two planes of stay cables in a harp arrangement anchored along the edges of the deck. The three pylons have vertical legs without any cross beam above roadway level.

This innovative concept was selected over 32 other alternatives as a result of a 15-month bridge type selection process with extensive public involvement.

SYSTRA IBT is responsible for the Type Selection Phase of Concept Development, as well as the Design/Build Phase, serving as the Independent Checking Engineer.

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