Several members of the East End Crossing project team biked to work in late July 2015 for a more healthy, sustainable and economic mode of transportation.
This is the third time a group of the project team gathered to bike to work since the beginning of the project. One group biked 6.5 miles in Indiana from the Big Four Bridge to the project headquarters. The other group biked 8.2 miles from the Big Four Bridge to the offices in Kentucky on River Road.
June 30, 2015 – The East End Crossing project team hosted two groups of engineering students and faculty from Clarksville, Jeffersonville and New Washington High Schools on field trips last month. The field trips consisted of presentations of the East End Crossing at the project headquarters, followed by construction site visits in southern Indiana.
Students who were in attendance showed a strong interest in the project and said that they hope to have careers in the engineering industry one day.
June 25, 2015 – Members of the East End Crossing project team participated in the 26th annual Ohio River Sweep with their family and friends to clean the riverbanks of the Ohio River at the Falls of the Ohio State Park.
The project team picked-up and disposed of mainly food containers and plastic bottles.
May 21, 2015 – Several members of the East End Crossing project team participated in Louisville’s annual Bike to Work day on May 15, 2015. This is the second year that the East End Crossing team has been involved in this event.
One team biked over six miles starting at the Big Four Bridge and ending at the East End Crossing project headquarters in Jeffersonville. A second team of biked over eight miles to reach their project offices in Kentucky.
In April 2015, the East End Crossing was recognized by Mid-America OSHA Training Institute because of the implementation of the project’s safety program and how it has surpassed expectations. The Mid-America OSHA Education Center provided to Walsh-Vinci Construction (WVC) an award of recognition for going above and beyond in safety. The award was for the training of 11 members of the project team to be official OSHA 10 and 30-hour trainers in the construction industry. In fact, the project was one of the first projects in the United States to hold an OSHA 500 course on-site as a part of the partnership with the OSHA training institute. The majority of the students were members of the WVC safety and management teams.
The OHSA 10 and 30-hour courses are an integral part of the site safety program for anyone involved in construction activities. The programs train workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, prevention of safety and health hazards in construction and the basics of occupational safety and health.
The OSHA 10-hour course provides an entry level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. The OSHA 30-hour course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in the construction industry. It’s specifically devised for project management, engineers, superintendents, foremen, and field supervisors; the program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues.
May 4, 2015 – Throughout March 2015, the East End Crossing project team held a “Madness Food Drive” to collect nonperishable items for Dare to Care, which is the leading nonprofit social service agency addressing hunger needs in Kentuckiana.
Collection boxes were placed in project offices and trailers and represented popular basketball teams in Kentucky and Indiana. A project team member even created an additional box for Illinois University.
The “Madness Food Drive” was held in part of the Sustainability Action Plan of the East End Crossing, which encourages project team members to help with social, economic and environmental issues in Kentuckiana.
March 30, 2015 – Several members of the East End Crossing project team participated in the Love Louisville Trees restoration project this past Saturday, March 28. The project team members joined over 100 other volunteers to plant trees in the Shawnee neighborhood in west Louisville. To ensure the planted trees will be maintained properly, summer inspections have been planned.
Their participation was in effort to reforest the city and reach a tree coverage goal of 45 percent. The current tree canopy coverage in Louisville, including thousands of acres of greens spaces and parks, is 37 percent.
Love Louisville Trees is a program of Louisville Grows, a local non-profit with the mission to grow a just and sustainable community through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Their services include engaging and training the public in proper tree planting and maintenance to build and support a vibrant urban forest in Louisville, Ky.
March 13, 2015 – Members of the Ohio River Bridges project team partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct two homes in the area this past February. Among the volunteer team were workers from the Downtown Crossing and East End Crossing.
The group of volunteers met early in the morning in the south of Louisville, well equipped to fight the temperatures that day, which remained around 15 degrees. Habitat for Humanity representatives explained what they expected from the team and how each person could find their place to work to succeed in building the homes. The duties of the workers included hammering, sawing, moving wood floor panels, completing a 1000-square-foot floor deck and installation of thermal insulation and a 140-foot drainage system.
This day of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity allowed the project team to help families in the community and put their skills to work in another context than the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Pictured from left to right: Becky Halman, Sarah Falin, Sean Ashburn, Greg Cowan, Eddie Shickel, Tom Zidron, Alex Byers, Coty Young, Joe Meyn, Matt Cullen, Keith Lord, Paul Rodriguez, Dan Brown, Tomasz Korolczuk, Dan Kleinhenz & Martin Roussel<br />
On the foreground: Jonathan Klemm, Anaëlle Buysse & Albane Hagnéré
The adoption was coordinated through the Animals Depend On People To Survive (ADOPTS) program. By being involved in the ADOPTS Program, WVC now helps cover some of the cost that goes toward feeding and caring for all of the animals at the Louisville Zoo.
The adoption was undertaken to celebrate Save the Eagles Day, which occurs on January 10 each year. Some species of eagles are on the endangered list, however, due to the work of scientists and the public, the Bald Eagle was removed from this list in June 2007.
Click here to view a video of WVC’s adopted North American Bald Eagle: bit.ly/1Emb64C.
The official adoption certificate can be found here: bit.ly/171WTzg.
Oct. 15, 2014 – Bloomberg News showcases the East End Crossing in an article about the nation’s infrastructure. The reporter says that the project may be a model for large infrastructure projects because of WVB East End Partners’ public-private partnership with the Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation. View the entire article here: bloom.bg/1xTw8oL.
Project Director of WVB East End Partners, Rob Morphonious, talks with the reporter about the main-span piers on the Ohio River. View the video here: p://bloom.bg/1vwueMO.