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Indiana accepts contractors' bids for East End Bridge, to break ground in August

by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM

(WHAS11) -- After years of talk there is going to be some action to connect people in Kentuckiana. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced Tuesday that the state will soon break ground on the East End Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Disbelief is the consensus among residents.

"They've been saying they're going to start construction since I moved here 20 odd years ago, and I haven't seen it yet. I'll believe it when I see it," said Anne Ott.

"They've been talking about that bridge for 20 or 30 years. I don't know if they'll ever get it," said John Brown.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will advertise for bids Wednesday.

The project includes building a $5.5 million road extension that will ultimately connect the River Ridge Commerce Center to state road 265 and the future East End Bridge.

This preliminary phase of a long awaited project will start in August.

Despite, a less than optimistic outlook, many people say it's necessary.

"Louisville is in a great location. We just need to maximize our transportation routes," said Doug Kemper.  .

Bidding for the project begins May 30 and they hope to have a contractor picked by the end of July. Daniels hopes to break ground on August. Work on this portion of the project is expected to be done by June of 2013.

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