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Kentucky and Indiana officials come together to celebrate end of Ohio River Bridges Project

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Indiana Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb Indiana Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local and state leaders came to Waterfront Park on Friday to celebrate the end of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

It's taken decades of planning and three-and-a-half years of construction, but Walsh Construction is now crossing the finish line for Downtown Crossing work.

Milestones include the opening of 12 travel lanes on the Kennedy Bridge and the Lincoln Bridge. And drivers are seeing an end to interstate and ramp closures.

The project is expected to have an economic impact of $87 billion and support 15,000 new jobs over the next three years.

"This truly is an exclamation point for what's going on, not just in this region, but in our city as well," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "Louisville is going through a real Renaissance right now. We have $8 billion in capital construction either going on or planned in our city right now."

Even though traffic is expected to flow freely, work on the Downtown Crossing will continue.

Work on surface streets will continue into early spring. Additional work will include final striping, grading, streetscaping and planting.

"This region is truly on the move, and this has just underscored that once again," said Indiana Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb.

There's still no word on when tolling will start. Officials say they will give a couple weeks notice to the public and expect tolling to start sometime in December.

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