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Time-lapse video shows progress on downtown crossing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crews are about a year and a half into the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project and the new bridge is beginning to rise out of the water.

The bridges project website, KYINBridges.com gives more than two dozen camera views of progress on the Downtown Crossing, sped up through a time lapse. 

You can watch as the seasons pass and piers pop up out of the water. It is progress people have noticed daily during their commute and walks along the river. 

"I like to see the progress everyday, you can actually tell it's a bridge being built, whereas before it was just a bunch of sand and dirt and piles of concrete," said Michelle Thomas, who walks along the river just about every day.

"It's a pretty interesting process because the Kennedy (Bridge) opened in '63," said Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the Downtown Crossing, "so it's been more than 50 years since we've built a bridge and now a lot of people are getting a front row view as they're driving across the Kennedy, they're looking over to their right to these guys who are hard at work." 

Eight-hour days for the workers atop the towers means taking lunch up with them, and bathroom breaks are above the river, too. 

"[There's a] Port-a-potty up there," said Peterson. "They're up there for the long haul. It's a job site."

They're pouring about 10 feet of concrete a week to finish these towers. 

"Tower five will be 230 feet before the end of the year the center tower will be 280 feet before the end of the year," Peterson explained.

As the towers climb higher and higher, Peterson says people have been wondering--if the bridge deck will be that high. But if you look, you will see the bridge decking beginning below, which is the level at which people will be driving. Peterson says another milestone will come soon. 

"When you look at the renderings you can see the large cables that will be supporting the deck, those will be put in within a couple of weeks."

She says drivers have done a great job adjusting to all the traffic pattern changes. The whole Downtown Crossing will be finished at the end of 2016, but you will be driving on the bridge even sooner. "We'll have traffic on the new bridge in less than a year and a half now. April 2016," said Peterson.

The latest closure because of the bridges project is a section of Frankfort avenue from story avenue to river road drivers in Kentuckiana are getting used to seeing detour signs.

The section of Frankfort Avenue will be back open after Thanksgiving for the Friday Trolley Hop.

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