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Work on Indiana approach for downtown bridge begins

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JEFFERONSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – You're about to see even more construction around the river and in Indiana.

Work is beginning on the Indiana approach for the new Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing.

The approach will be the critical link connecting the cable-stayed bridge over the Ohio River with the expanded interstate roadway.  

"It's the Indiana approach and what that is it's the big section of bridge that connects the big cable structure over the river to the roadway," Max Rowland with Walsh Construction said.

The approach will be 1,062 feet long. Piers six through 10 will be an abutment to support the bridge with piers six through eight placed in the river and on the banks. Piers nine and 10 will be between Riverside Drive and West Market Street.

Work has begun on the abutment and additional support along the existing northbound I-65.

"You can see that the new bridge comes up very close to the existing bridge so as this structure we have to do some temporary support right here," Rowland said.

Parts of Riverside Drive will close temporarily as they work on the piers.

"Our schedule right now is we want it to be set in structural steel on this portion of the bridge in July."

Crews said they want the bridge drivable by April 2016.

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