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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the Shadow Wood Subdivision, houses have already have been torn down to makes way for the approach to the East End Bridge. Sawdust and rolling hills are along the path of the project.
In the distance, there is a historic property, the Rosewell Estate. Plans call for protecting the Rosewell Mansion and its property near the Ohio River.
Construction equipment and markers are everywhere as people see first hand the progress being made. Tree clearing and stump removal are just about done.
The Snyder Freeway will be widened from I-71 to U.S. 42 that extends to the new East End Bridge. Greg Prince with the Indiana Department of Transportation says, "The tunnel is a very complex operation and so we'll have experts in tunnel work in all phases of this project."
A 1680-foot tunnel will go under U.S. 42 and the historic Drumanard Estate. It'll be two lanes in each direction, but will have room for three lanes each way if needed. Crews would just have to restripe it.
Prince says, "Blasting for that tunnel will start in June or July of this summer and time frame for completion on that will be nearly around October of 2016 when the entire project will be complete with the bridge being built."
The East End Crossing will complete an interstate loop around Louisville by connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway with I-265 in Indiana.
16 homes are being demolished to make way for the bridge on the Indiana side, Five have been torn down so far. After all of the homes are demolished, the next step is utility work.
Back on the Kentucky side, crews are planning to build a small bridge crossing over Harrods Creek that will connect to the project. Two apartment buildings and a home in the area will be last to be demolished to make way for the bridge.