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Stage set for bridge groundbreaking

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Sandpiles that will be used for the groundbreaking ceremony. Sandpiles that will be used for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Mindy Peterson Mindy Peterson
Keepsake tokens that will be buried in the sandpile for children to find. Keepsake tokens that will be buried in the sandpile for children to find.
Rendering of the downtown Ohio River bridge. Rendering of the downtown Ohio River bridge.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Crews are in the final stages of preparing the designated area for Tuesday afternoon's downtown bridge groundbreaking. The downtown bridge is one of the two bridges under the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Gov. Steve Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Congressman John Yarmuth invite the community to join them in breaking ground at Lincoln Memorial Park at the Waterfront. The ceremony will incorporate any child that would like to attend.

"Keepsake tokens will be buried in the sand," said Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the project. "The kids will be using shovels to look for one of the tokens."

Although work has already begun on both sides of the river, full construction will begin July.

Project Manager said the Kentucky and Indiana approaches will be built simultaneously with the bridge portion over the river. The three sections built at the same time will ensure they reach their 2016 deadline.

For decades there have been discussions about the two bridges. Peterson said it has finally come to reality.

"This honestly is a day that people said ‘it's never going to happen,'" said Peterson. "We'll it has happened. It's here and we want to celebrate."

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