Mon June 17, 2013
Community Groundbreaking for Downtown Bridge to be Held Tuesday
Federal, state and local officials are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking this week for a new downtown Louisville bridge.
The downtown crossing is part of the larger Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes the redesign of the Spaghetti Junction interchange and new bridge in eastern Jefferson County.
Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says if all goes according to schedule, traffic should be moving on a new downtown bridge in less than three years.
"The project continues through the end the year, through the end of 2016, But we’ll have traffic moving in both directions on the new downtown crossing in April of 2016, while work is done on for redecking the Kennedy (Bridge). And then the entire project ends at the end of 2016, and that’s when we’ll have the new downtown crossing, (for) northbound traffic and the Kennedy (for) southbound traffic," Peterson said.
Governor Beshear, Mayor Fischer and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez will lead a community groundbreaking for the downtown bridge tomorrow evening at Waterfront Park.
Some 500 commemorative shovels will be handed out to children to take part in the ceremony.