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Ohio River Bridges Project host public tours to discuss progress

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Community members got an up close and personal look at the project during a second public tour. Community members got an up close and personal look at the project during a second public tour.
Even with gloomy weather the tour took place on the Big Four Bridge as the Downtown Crossing project manager with Walsh Construction discussed progress and took questions. Even with gloomy weather the tour took place on the Big Four Bridge as the Downtown Crossing project manager with Walsh Construction discussed progress and took questions.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Despite a brutal winter, construction on the Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project has stayed on track.

Community members got an up close and personal look at the project during a second public tour.

The tours are limited to 25 people and so far each one has sold out. There is a lot of interest as this is one of the largest transportation projects going on nationwide.

Even with gloomy weather the tour took place on the Big Four Bridge as the Downtown Crossing project manager with Walsh Construction discussed progress and took questions.

What everyone wanted to know was the timeline. Some participants we talked to said they were pleased to learn the bridge will be opening sooner than they expected.

It is set to open to 2-way traffic in April of 2016. Then that's when redecking of the Kennedy Bridge will begin.

The project completion is expected in December of 2016, with the new bridge carrying six lanes of Interstate 65 northbound traffic and the Kennedy carrying six lanes of southbound traffic.

"We have a lot of interest and they've been talking about the projects for a long time so I'm not overly surprised at how much interest we do have," said Joel Halterman with Walsh Construction.

"It's been a fascinating process to see, just to watch it being built and he did an excellent job on explaining the process, it's great," said Jim Keith, who participated in the tour.

If you missed the first two public tours, they will continue the first Wednesday of each month through October. Click here for more information.

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