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Loud booms, rocks flying and smoke from East End Bridge project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents say they're getting used to the traffic tie-ups and explosions for the East End Bridge.

Several homes back up to the project, and they're getting a front row view of construction.  When they hear the daily blasts, they are quick, loud, and rocks are flying.

Janet Jackson has lived in the Bridgepointe neighborhood for nearly two decades.  She says, "It has never knocked anything off of the walls or anything like that, doesn't bother anything in the china cabinet. It's just a loud noise and that's it."

She enjoys walking her dog "Jack" and gets an up close look at construction each day, but misses the wooded area that was once here.  Jackson says, "The view out my kitchen window, I can see 42 where I could always see beautiful trees."

Dan Hartlage, an East End Crossing spokesman, says, "Over the next year plus, the entire roadway over 841 will be lowered going all the way back to just south of Wolfpen Branch Road. So, there's a gradual descention from 841 into a tunnel. So, the blasting which is going on at the intersection here overtime will backtrack or go down KY 841."

The project will also include a redesigned partial interchange at 42  that still allows northbound Gene Snyder traffic to exit onto 42.

The long-planned East End Crossing will connect Prospect, Kentucky to Utica Indiana. It will include a bike and pedestrian path on one side and two traffic lanes in each direction.

Crews are setting off explosions to make way for the tunnel extending 1700 feet under U.S. 42 and the historic Drumanard Estate. Those explosions are expected to last until the end of 2015.

Officials say before the booms, drivers will be stopped nearby for five to 20 minutes which ties up traffic.  Hartlage says, "With each blast about 4000 cubic yards of dirt and rock is loosened and then it's hauled away and you can see that takes time."

Jackson says, "I've been here 19 years. I really thought I'd be dead and gone and never see a bridge that it wasn't going to be there, but it is."

Expect to see these workers in this area until the construction is completed in October of 2016.

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