Progress continues on Ohio River Bridges project
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Construction crews on both sides of the river continue to make progress on the Ohio River Bridges Project.
On Monday, work began in Jeffersonville on the Indiana approach portion of the Downtown Crossing. Crews will continue constructing the structure that will connect the bridge to the interstate.
And blasting will continue Monday for the East End crossing, where crews are preparing to build the new tunnel.
Underground tunnel blasting near the intersection of U.S. 42 and Kentucky 841 was planned for 7:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. That blasting should not affect traffic, although residents and motorists in the area should expect to hear the loud booms from the blasts.
We're told there's no risk to the public.
Although underground blasting does not affect drivers, surface blasting does require traffic stops, and construction crews plan to blast twice a day this week -- at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
During those times, traffic will be stopped for five to 20 minutes until the blasting is complete.
The massive project has a price tag of $2.3 billion, and is expected to be finished in 2016, which is when tolls will begin.
Kentucky and Indiana have divided work on the project.
Kentucky is in charge of a revamped Spaghetti Junction interchange and the new downtown span, which will be built next to the I-65 Kennedy Bridge.
Indiana is responsible for the covering the costs of building the bridge that will connect to eastern Louisville, as well as the approach roads and on-ramps for both sides of the river.
Walsh construction is hosting project tours open to the public on the Big Four Bridge. The tours will run once a month, March through October. More details here: http://kyinbridges.com/
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