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FHWA expected to approve plan for Ohio River Bridges Project

FHWA expected to approve plan for Ohio River Bridges Project

by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 9:23 AM

(WHAS11) -- The Ohio River Bridges Project could be one step closer to being a done deal.

On Wednesday,  US Representative John Yarmuth announced that the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve a new environmental review of the plan.

If that happens, construction would begin on two new bridges across the Ohio River, as well as the re-working of the spaghetti junction interchange.

The estimated $2.6 billion project includes two bridges between Louisville and Clark County, Ind., and a rebuilt interchange where Interstates 64, 65 and 71 meet near downtown Louisville.

However, Kentucky lawmakers still need to approve the necessary funding.

Kentucky Gov. Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed that each state should take the lead on financing and building half of the project. Kentucky is taking the downtown portion – the new I-65 bridge, the Kennedy Interchange and the Indiana approach to the new bridge. Indiana is taking the East End bridge with both the Indiana and Kentucky approaches.

The Federal Highway Adminstration also needs to approve adding tolls on the Kennedy Bridge.
 

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