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Crews drill test shaft for downtown bridge support piers

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It's a first sign of what will be a new downtown Louisville bridge, as crews drill a 50-foot-deep test shaft for support piers on the Indiana shore near the Kennedy Bridge.

The new bridge will be built with nine piers -- four on land and five in the water.  The test is to see whether the design will work when actual construction of the bridge begins.

As Max Rowland of Walsh Construction explained, "We do this to test the assumptions that our designers have made as far as the bearing that the bridge will have to support, and by doing this, by testing it, it will actually confirm that those assumptions are correct for the permanent drill shafts."

Construction on the downtown crossing is expected to start in July, with a completion date of April 2016.

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