Crews doing prep work near Harrods Creek for East End Bridge - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Crews doing prep work near Harrods Creek for East End Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)  Off of River Rd. in Prospect, crews are dumping the rubble and you can see how the East End Bridge project is taking shape.

On a hillside near a frozen Harrods Creek, crews are finishing prep work to get ready for surface blasting in March.

East End Bridge project spokesman Dan Hartlage says the hillside will be the north side of the tunnel, "about a 1,700-foot tunnel that will come out the other side of US 42 and KY 841."

"On the north side of River Road, what you see now are some very tall steel beams," Hartlage said. "Eventually they will be cut down and leveled off. A dirt embankment and grade will be built around them."

That concrete foundation is expected to support the overpass that will be 40 feet above Harrods Creek and 18 feet above River Road.

"After crossing River Road, going north, KY 841 will remain elevated, but will be set on dirt and rock fill until it approaches Transylvania Beach Road and the Ohio River," Hartlage explained. "As it approaches Transylvania Beach Road and the river, the road will once again be elevated by a bridge, as opposed to rock and dirt fill."

He continued: "For a motorist traveling on KY 841 northbound emerging from the tunnel, going toward the river, the road will have a very slight, barely noticeable rise all the way to the river."

Blasting beneath US 42 began Jan. 22, with one blast each morning. And for the first time, we're getting an up-close look at that site.

"You'll see a lot of rock that is actually loosened by the blasting and cranes and bulldozers will pick it up and it's hauled away one dump truck at a time," Hartlage said. "It's tedious, time-consuming work, but that's how you get it out of there."

Once completed, the East End Crossing will connect Prospect to Utica, Indiana.

In the Fall, expect to see beams across River Road which will be the start of the East End Bridge. And even with the snowy, icy, and cold weather, the project is on schedule.

The East End Bridge project is expected to open to traffic in October of 2016.

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