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Ohio River Bridges Project means big business for local contractors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Ohio River Bridges Project means big business for some local companies.

Major progress on the Ohio River Bridges Project and the reconfiguration of Spaghetti Junction is taking place. Cranes are up and cement is mixing. Four major components of the bridge project are: ready mix concrete, structural steel, aggregates and asphalt paving.

Advance Ready Mix is working on both the Downtown and East End Bridges. Business has been so good with this project, the company says it's hiring more truck drivers.

"What percentage of your business is the Bridges Project?" WDRB's Valerie Chinn asked.

"I'd say right now it's 10-20 percent of ours," said Chad Deters, sales manager for Advance Ready Mix. "We still have a lot of other work."

"It came at a really good time when the economy was down," Deters added. "It really kick-started our year last year and kept on rolling."

The company was not working on the Bridges Project when a woman was killed in the crosswalk on the Louisville side of the Clark Memorial Bridge at Second and Main by an Advance Ready Mix truck.

The company calls it a tragic accident and is focusing on its work ahead.

"This is a once in a lifetime project for us," Deters said. "It will be the largest we've ever done. We've done the Yum! Center. It was our once-in-our-lifetime job before this."

"Sand is coming from Nugent...on River Road, and limestone and stone aggregates are coming from Hanson Aggregates that are coming from Jeffersonville," said Max Rowland of Walsh Construction. 

Why not use all local companies?

"Well, some things are just not manufactured here," Rowland replied. "Let's talk about structural steel, for example."

The majority of businesses working on the Bridges Project are local. Walsh Construction says it has also employed 500 people.

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