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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN. (WDRB)--Indiana's new governor got his first look at the Hoosier State's portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project on Friday.
"I am very excited to have a chance to be out here and walk the shoreline and really see the future of infrastructure in southern Indiana," says Indiana governor Mike Pence.
The newly elected Governor got his first real look at his state's obligation to the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The governor says, "I think it's important that Indiana and Kentucky work together to complete these bridges."
Indiana is responsible for the East End Crossing, which calls for building a new bridge eight miles upstream from downtown Louisville. After a brief tour, Governor Pence looked at maps and an artist rendering of what the bridge will look like when it's done.
He says, "I truly believe that this is going to contribute mightily to the economic potential of this region."
Pence says the bridges project will have a significant economic impact on both sides of the river. "I think roads means jobs."
Pence takes over in the middle of the project but says he's still looking out for the best interests of Hoosiers. "We're going to look very carefully as we work through the process of how the financing is structured and make sure that Hoosiers get a fair deal," says Governor Pence.
Crews have already started the demolition and tree removal portion of the project and expect to break ground sometime this spring. A completion date set for 2016.