1-year progress report on East End Bridge project released - WDRB 41 Louisville News

1-year progress report on East End Bridge project released

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Project managers have released footage of the East End bridge excavation project. It's the first video we've seen inside the tunnel being excavated underneath Louisville's historic Drumanard Estate.

The aftermath of the blasts have been rocking Marti Gibon and her East End neighbors for months. "The dust, the fumes, the noise... it's not very pleasant," Gibon said. 

Crews blast one day, remove the fill and repeat the process six days a week. 

The work is being done along Kentucky 841 from U.S. 42 to the I-71 interchange. 

"Blasting will probably continue all through next year," said Rob Morphonios, CEO of WVB East End Partners.

The construction team leading the charge on the East End bridge gave a one year status update Friday. 

"We are striving to create a project that this community can take great pride in. We're striving to do that in the most efficient manner we can while being as least disruptive as possible," Morphonios said. 

In addition to the tunnel, work on the Indiana side of the river focuses on the reconstruction of the I-265/62 interchange. WDRB was told 62 will be cut down to one lane this summer. Drivers should expect delays but no long term-closures. 

"There's lot of dirt and mess and we really encourage people to pack their patience and thank them for that," said Will Wingfield of the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

Meanwhile, work continues on the water.

"The cable state bridge we're finishing up the foundations this summer and now we'll be able to start the 350 foot towers there after, so yes you will see a bigger change in the landscape," Morphonios said. 

The east end crossing will connect Kentucky and Indiana over the Ohio river between Prospect and Utica. It's a $750 million  project, expected to be complete by 2016.
Marti Gibon, along with many of her East End neighbors, wish construction crews could make the process move a little more swiftly. 

"It looks like they're doing what they need to do I jut wish it wasn't here," she said.  

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