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Work begins on Kentucky side of East End bridge

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PROSPECT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some said they never thought they would see the day, but work has been happening this week on the Ohio River Bridges Project.  INDOT has started work on the Kentucky side of the East End bridge.

On Tuesday, it was environmental concerns that had crews busy.

"It is about time," said Phil McHugh, the President of the Shadow Wood Neighborhood Association said about the Ohio River Bridges Project.

"This has loomed over our heads for approximately 25 to 30 years," McHugh said.  "That's always been our biggest complaint."

Peter McHugh and his neighbors live near the East End crossing site.  The bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway with the Lee Hamilton Highway, creating an Interstate loop around Louisville.

"Instead of saying you're going to say you are going to do something, just do it," said McHugh.

McHugh said he is glad to see workers out and about, though INDOT officials said workers have to begin with prepping the land.  Workers are putting up containment fences, marking the limits of the area and seeing which trees will be cut down, something neighbors say they are interested in.

"I wanted him to point out which trees were going to be taken and which were going to stay because we want as many trees to remain as possible," said McHugh.

"If you have been back there, you see that some of those trees are probably a hundred years old."

Neighbors said there is an eagle's nest near the site, which INDOT will have to preserve.  McHugh said he and other neighbors  never been opposed to the idea of a new bridge and now is excited to see it becoming a reality.

"We're not against the project, we are just against the delay of the project," McHugh said.

"You either do it or you don't do it and I am glad that it's moving forward."

Although a new design has slashed the price tag, it will still cost around a billion dollars to build.

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