“You have nagged, needled and pushed until we got this job
done,” said Governor Steve Beshear to more than 250 attendees of GLI’s most recent
Top Investor breakfast about the construction commencement of the Ohio River
Bridges Project’s (ORB) Downtown Crossing which will result in a new bridge
adjacent to the existing Kennedy Bridge, a reconfiguration of what is commonly
referred to as Spaghetti Junction which is the approach to the bridge on the
Kentucky side and new approach on the Indiana side to both the Kennedy and the
“Thanks to the business communities of Kentucky and Southern
Indiana for over a decade of focus and a steady and loud drumbeat that has
helped us reach the point we are at today,” he said.
Beshear went on to categorize the ORB as “the largest
bi-river construction project in the history of the two states.” Construction
is scheduled to start within the next two weeks and the Downtown Crossing is
expected to be complete in about three and a half years. The East End Crossing, which will extend the
Gene Snyder Freeway from Prospect over the Ohio River to Utica, IN, has already
begun construction and is scheduled for completion in October of 2016. read more...