LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The East End Bridge is expected to open to traffic around 8 p.m. Sunday.

“For the construction team, it’s been a build up for three years,” project spokesman Dan Hartlage said. “For this community, it's been five, ten [years], even three or four decades. “

The yet-to-be-named bridge will begin carrying vehicles after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public caravan Sunday afternoon. Spots in the caravan are already full.

The bridge, and the roads leading up to it on both sides of the river, will connect Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky., and complete a connection envisioned for more than 40 years. The downtown part of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project is mostly complete and open to traffic.

“People should just check it out and see what it looks like ,” Hartlage said. “Just drive across it. Kick the tires a little bit. I think they'll enjoy the option.”

The caravan is expected to begin at 3 p.m. The bridge will then close and be cleared before opening up to the public and traffic around 8 p.m.

“I think a lot of people, as they get on it for the first time, they're going to be taken aback," Hartlage said. "They'll be dazzled by what they see."

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