Roughly 600 people are now working in downtown Louisville as a result of the Ohio River Bridges project.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you build
it, they will come. When it comes to the Ohio River Bridges project it's not only bridges, but the workers. Roughly 600 people are now working in downtown Louisville.
As the East End Bridge construction gets up to full speed about an equal
number of employees will go to work there.
Even if bridge work is not your trade we're
all reaping the benefits.
"We'd like to see
everyone working on the bridge but there are only a limited number of jobs of
course," said the project's DBE and EEO Workforce Plan Manager, Marvin
With more than 1,000 jobs that
weren't in our community one year ago, Jackson knows the bridges are making
their presence felt.
"The local restaurants, the
housing markets, the hotels, the entertainment," Jackson said. "I know a lot of people have done the
bourbon tour -- not while they're at work -- but they have. I mean stuff like
this, just entertainment because families have moved down."
Some people who remember the debate
about the downtown and East End Bridge long before any dirt was turned now see
the benefits the $2.5 billion construction projects are driving home.
"Then there's the local
people who have started working, they have additional disposable income
nowadays," Jackson said.
He is responsible for making sure the
bridge boom extends to small, minority and women owned businesses. "Once we hit diversity numbers and
workforce outreach numbers, just the most qualified," he said.
Thursday, Jackson and others
responsible for building the bridges want to meet with people who want to work
on the project: like welders, ironworkers and carpenters.
"The project works in
phases, so we finish one phase and now the next phase is moving up and we have
that backlog of workforce, we can pull from that," Jackson said.
Walsh Construction as well as some of
the subcontractors will be at Kye's I in Jeffersonville Thursday morning. The job fair runs from nine until one.
There are both union and non-union
jobs available and lists for jobs that will pop up throughout construction.
Members of the unions involved will be there as well to
answer questions about how to get started in this type of career.
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