WDRB Drone Cam provides aerial views of East End Bridge construction progress
The WDRB Drone Cam recently toured the East End Bridge from above, giving you a view of the construction that you'll only see on WDRB News.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The WDRB Drone Cam recently toured the East End Bridge from above, giving you a view of the construction that you'll only see on WDRB News.
The latest flight of the WDRB Drone Cam shows what the road will look like, with the steel beams coming together from both shores on the East End Bridge project soon to meet over the Ohio River.
"It absolutely is the home stretch," said Dan Hartlage, spokesman for WVB East End Partners.
It's starting to look like what the pictures show.
"Pre-cast sections of the deck are being created," said Hartlage. "They'll be raised and inserted in place."
WDRB News obtained our best picture yet above the 300-foot-tall towers, showing what will be the freeway approaches in both states. Kentucky's side appears paved, with Indiana's side still in the gravel stages.
"The other thing of note is the stay cables are now being installed," Hartlage said. "They will run from the deck itself to the tower."
Our interview was interrupted by one of those cables going into place.
Crews started tiling the tunnel under U.S. 42. As blasting reaches its final stages, drivers will see a noticeable difference: a new exit into Prospect from the Gene Snyder Freeway to U.S. 42 opens this summer.
Starting June 1, Hartlage says the right-hand west-bound lane of U.S. 42 will be closed for about four months, but crews will make sure the lane is open in morning traffic. The closure will pave the way for electric work on the tunnel running under U.S. 42 from the Harrods Creek fire department to the Gene Snyder Freeway.
"That will be hard," said Maggie Bunevitch, an East End resident. "It will affect everyone who lives in Prospect or goes east."
The end brings welcome news to many drivers and neighbors weary of bridge construction.
"The dirt, the trucks going over the speed limit...it's enough," said Julie Allen, a driver. "And I'm wondering what traffic will be like now when the bridge is done and we have increased traffic out here."
Two years of detours, closures and delays are now in the final seven months -- and with the amazing views, it's not hard to understand why bridge-watching is becoming a hobby.
"It's progress," Bunevitch said. "We needed it."
The landscape from Louisville to Southern Indiana is changing at its core.
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