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Construction starts for East End Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been two months since the Governors of Indiana and Kentucky broke ground on the East End Bridge -- but the real construction is just now starting.

WDRB got exclusive access to see the site where construction is starting for the East End Bridge Project, and you might not believe where it is -- among cattle in a field.

Over time, that field sprawling with cattle will become an epicenter of traffic and commerce.

Nearby, we found the first construction site for the East End Bridge.

Gohmann Construction out of Clarksville is building a portion of the billion dollar project. Tree after tree, they are clearing the way for a road to be built.

"This is considered the first phase of the east end project," said Jerry Acy, with the River Ridge Commerce Center.

Using a map, Acy showed us how the construction on the ground correlates with the part Gohmann plays in building the bridge.

"This is the approximate location of the East End Bridge," Acy said. "The new interchange will be here."

The road construction is a small part of the East End Bridge Project, but it is a start.

"It will be the connector road and interchange bridge over the new I-265," Acy explained.

A contractor for the rest of the East End Bridge project and the Downtown Crossing will be chosen soon. The East End Bridge is putting southern Indiana in the spotlight.

The River Ridge Commerce Center has already brought in corporate giant Amazon -- and more than a thousand jobs. The property near the interchange will be redeveloped as the bridges project continues moving forward. Army bunkers will be taken out, and the cows will have to move somewhere else.

"And the cows will be gone," Acy said. "And we anticipate this being potentially not only manufacturing, wear house operations, but potentially some commercial type developments here in close proximity to the new interchange."

The entire East End Bridge Project is scheduled to be complete by 2017.

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