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Major construction underway on downtown bridge

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Eventually the large pylons lying in the parking lot will go underwater, fill with concrete and stabilize the new bridge. Eventually the large pylons lying in the parking lot will go underwater, fill with concrete and stabilize the new bridge.
Andy Barber Andy Barber
Workers are moving the taller pylons into place that will stay for the entire construction. Workers are moving the taller pylons into place that will stay for the entire construction.
The Twyman family The Twyman family
Max Rowland Max Rowland

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Until now it's only been a plan you've heard about. "Now you're actually starting to see some things happen on the ground," said Assistant State Highway Engineer Andy Barber.

Watching that work is a fascinating site for the Twyman family. "We came down to see what their progress is on this bridge because it's taken so long to happen. We're glad to see it happen," said Lou Ann Twyman from Plainview.

Eventually the large pylons lying in the parking lot will go underwater, fill with concrete and stabilize the new bridge. On this day workers are moving the taller pylons into place that will stay for the entire construction. "We're basically replacing the bank of the river with a steel warf, so we can load and unload our barges," explained Max Rowland with WALSH Construction.

Everything happening on the river has an effect on the connecting roads. Rowland said in Spaghetti junction alone 40 bridges will be widened or replaced. "We will be cutting spaghetti junction from the three lanes to two lanes."

That lane closure around 'Hospital Curve' will cause congestion, but the Transportation Cabinet says they're trying to ease the burden by closing the ramp from Interstate 64 East to Interstate 65 South. It all goes into effect July 15. "You're finding a way to have traffic move smoother through there," said Barber.

That's just one of many closures between now and 2016 when the bridge opens to traffic. It means as excited at the Twyman family may be right now to see the work happening, it's guaranteed that work will cause headaches on the roads for some.

There will be several opportunities for you at hope to keep up with the work. Eventually cameras filming construction will be online 24/7. Down the road officials say they'll hold public tours out to the middle of the river to see the bridge going up will happen, but no date for that is set yet.

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