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Crews putting finishing touches on East End Crossing Project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Crews are still working on the East End Bridge, but much of the major work is done. The bridge is on schedule, and we're expected to learn within a week when the project will be finished. 

The toll sign is now up on the Gene Snyder Northbound near U-S 42. Dan Hartlage, a spokesman with WVB East End Partners says the project will reach "substantial completion" before Christmas.

Crews are putting some finishing touches on the project. On the Kentucky side, more shoulder work and dirt grading need to be done. And while the tunnel looks finished, there is still more work ahead.

"There is a lot of electrical work that has yet to be done, installing of fire suppression, equipment, cameras, traffic monitoring, cameras and ventilation systems," Hartlage said. "All of that is being installed, and it's all being tested."

On the Indiana side, final touches are being made on concrete and grading.

"On the bridge itself, again the paving is done, but there is still lighting to be installed, aesthetic lighting," Hartlage said.

Tolling is expected to start in the coming weeks. Crews are still testing the system, so no date has been set.

"Now we're hitting December and we've said we expect tolling to begin in December," said RiverLink spokesperson Mindy Peterson. "So I think we are anxious for that date. We expect tolling to begin in the very near future."

Nearly 58,000 RiverLink local transponders have been ordered or distributed and nearly 13,000 RiverLink E-ZPass transponders have been ordered.

Those E-ZPass transponders will be sent closer to when tolling starts.

"What we want to do is get the system through testing, have a date and certainly give the public some notice before we officially start tolling," Peterson said. "So we do expect to give the public at least several days notice."

Organizers say a small celebration is in the works for the opening of the East End Bridge, but it won't be a walk the bridge event because it's not easily accessible.

He says, "I think when people see the final product for the first time, I think you will be dazzled by its appearance," Hartlage said. "It is a spectacular sight.

"The crew on both sides of the river are just as eager as residents are as a whole to get the final finishing touches on it."

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