East End Bridge Project cuts through landscape, river, memories
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We’ve talked to the foremen, the engineers and the people pouring the concrete in the East End Bridges Project, but there’s another perspective on the construction: the bridge watchers – witnesses to Kentuckiana’s changing landscape.
A stone pillar peaking between the trees marks the site of the first date of Carl and Janice Morrow.
“We walked up there and climbed on top,” Carl Morrow said.
50 years later, they retrace their steps near the base of the Ohio River on Upper River Road in Utica.
They recently visited the spot on another date, but this time it was a different memory as the bluff is going away.
“I went up on top of the hill,” Morrow said. “They put a road bed down up there.”
There are thousands more stories just like the Morrows as Ketuckiana watches its landscape change.
“Oh I come up here maybe three or four times a week just checking the work out,” said Morrow.
Two new bridges and a revamp of spaghetti junction make up the Ohio River bridges project.
This latest work in Utica will eventually connect the east end bridge to I-265 in Jeffersonville, running past Scotty James’ home on Old Salem Road.
He says the sounds of progress are like a piercing alarm.
“Well we hear them [at] six o'clock in the morning running up and down the road,” James said.
The construction at Old Salem Road will eventually connect back to 265 in Jeffersonville. Traffic in the area moves moderately for now as the roadway’s been cut down to one way in each direction. WVB East End Partners is the team of construction companies building the east end bridge project. Leader said the tunnel being dug out underground in Kentucky is more than 60 percent complete and in the coming months neighbors will start to notice two giant towers where two platforms currently stand in the water. The two sides will connect by the end of 2016.
WVB Spokesman Dan Hartlage said“Four and a half miles of new road, and 14 different bridges and overpasses are being built between 265 in Jeffersonville and the Ohio River to complete the East End project.”
Carl Morrow said he got a piece of his memories to save as the construction continues. “Oh yeah, I grabbed a piece of that stone,” Morrow said.
He says there is a need to cherish this history, because it’s changing before his very eyes.
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