LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The names are certainly spot on: The Lewis and Clark Bridge for the new East End bridge, and the Abraham Lincoln bridge for the one downtown.
The East End bridge opened this week, sixty years after a suggestion it be part of President Eisenhower's Federal Aid Highway Act. The downtown bridge opened a year ago.
Tolls begin on these bridges and the refurbished Kennedy Bridge on the eve of New Year's Eve. The project totaled $2.3 billion, nearly two billion less than what was once stated as a price tag.
Kudos to all construction workers who built the bridges and the twin tunnels needed for the East End bridge. Cheers as well to all who battled through myriad road changes and closures during the past several years. We welcome Spaghetti Junction becoming more navigable with less congestion.
The RiverRidge Commerce Center headlines the economic development spawned by the bridge building. Billions of dollars in further development possibilities abound in Southern Indiana and throughout the region.
Fueled by many other construction projects already underway, the River Region will finally accelerate the growth many expected would happen decades ago when the bridge talk began.