This sketch shows what the East End Bridge will look like. (Source: Ohio River Bridges Authority)
Crews are working to widen US 42.
Trees are being cleared as part of the bridge construction project.
PROSPECT, KY (WAVE) - It took decades to make a decision, but the landscape in Louisville and southern Indiana is changing now to make way for the East End Bridge.
It was August 2012 when the shovels went into the ground in Jeffersonville and the East End Bridge project was finally a reality.
Trees on both sides of the river are coming down and being shredded. Several homes have also come down as part of the project that will carve a path from Prospect to Utica.
A spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation said two of the 16 homes in Indiana slated for demolished have come down. In Kentucky, only three of 10 homes remain standing.
"It's been going on all day every day, said east end resident Jane Goldsmith. Her backyard is a view of the progress. She's attended a few of the community meetings about the bridge because of her concerns like the noise. "And then I started to see trucks and trees going down," said Goldsmith.
Over the next few months, people can expect more noise and more trucks. The bridge is expected to be built by October 2016.
The public is invited to open house events for East End Crossing information.
WVB East End Partners, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Finance Authority have scheduled two open houses during which the public can visit and learn more about the construction of the Ohio River East End Bridge. Each open house will include information about the construction timeline, project design, and environmental and traffic considerations.
Tuesday, March 12 5 to 7 p.m. Springdale Community Church East Campus, Main Building 4601 Springdale Road Louisville
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5 - 7 p.m. John Nobel Woods Utica Community Center 106 North Fourth St. Utica, IN
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