Unique tour of Ohio River Bridges Project progress

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by WHAS11

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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 10:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s a unique look at the progress being made on the downtown crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Cruising down the Ohio, on the Spirit of Jefferson, in the middle of the river you may have noticed cranes and drills and workers digging deep into the ground making progress.

“All sections of the project are underway,” Andy Barber, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, said. 

The foundation of the downtown crossing is getting built it's like the basement of the bridge. Crews are drilling 30 feet into solid rock.

The casings will support the piers and they'll be five piers total in the water when the bridge is done.

“We put a hose all the way to the bottom of it,” Barber said.

Getting that done the first step to completing the new bridge that will be more than 2,000 feet long and have multiple towers most of the work being done on the tower closest to the Indiana shore line.

Officials say the project is on schedule to be done December 2016. The public can start to see parts of the bridge emerging from the water by 2014.

 

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