LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Armed with ceremonial shovels, Governor Steve Beshear (D) and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson unearthed souvenir wooden nickels at the groundbreaking of the Ohio River Bridges Project on Tuesday.
The tokens bear the Seal of the Commonwealth on one side and the project's logo and groundbreaking date on the other. Area children used plastic shovels to dig up hundreds of the commemorative tokens.
Kentucky is responsible for the downtown half of the project, which includes a new bridge parallel to the existing Kennedy Bridge and a revamped Spaghetti Junction. Last year, the state awarded Walsh Construction the job with its $971 million bid and a completion date of Dec. 10, 2016.
Indiana is responsible for the construction of the east end bridge and its approaches, also led by Walsh Construction with its $763 million bid.
That's a total of 34.6 billion nickels.