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Road crews begin clearing the way for downtown bridge construction

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Years of planning finally became a reality for a new downtown bridge on Thursday.  That's when Kentucky road crews have started clearing the way for construction on the bridge.

The early work involves clearing the right of way along interstate routes in downtown Louisville.  That work involves cutting and trimming dozens of trees.

Crews are working in three locations, even if it doesn't exactly look like highway construction work.

"Probably most people who see these crews wouldn't...may not have any reason to associate it with the bridges project," says Chuck Wolfe, Public Affairs Director, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Wolfe sees a lot that you don't see.  He says, "A lot of work has been done but it's not work that is really visible to the public."  And it means actual construction work will start sometime soon.

"About the first of July, you should see the beginning of what people would consider actual construction work."

Wolfe says the entire downtown interchange will be done sooner than most people might think.  "Walsh construction company's bid to win the contract says we're going to be done with everything December 2016."

Indiana is responsible for building the East End bridge.  It is also scheduled to be finished sometime in 2016.

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