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$2.3 Billion Ohio River Bridges Project Complete in Louisville

Whether you call it the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project, the Downtown Crossing, or the new Spaghetti Junction—call it done.
December 27, 2016, 2pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"With the opening of the East End bridge on Sunday and the official start of tolling set for Friday, Dec. 30, construction of the $2.3 billion Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project has pretty much concluded," according to an article by Michael Finley.

"To recap, the bridges project had two major components in the downtown crossing, which included reconfiguring Spaghetti Junction, and the East End crossing, which includes the East End bridge and new roads and tunnels to connect to the bridge," explains Finley. Finley's article provides a retrospective of the project's long construction process.

The Downtown Crossing portion of the project wrapped up construction in November, as reported by Sheldon S. Shafer in a separate article for the Courier-Journal. Earlier this month, the Courier-Journal also commemorated the project by posting aerial images of the completed Spaghetti Junction. Walsh Construction, lead contractor on the project, working with the states of Indiana and Kentucky, also posted a celebratory blog post announcing the end of construction back in November. That project lists the goals and priorities for the project, from the obvious pro-construction perspective of the development team.

For a much more critical take on the pro-highway politics that approved and funded the project, revisit a post by New York Times architecture Michael Kimmelman, who visited the city in 2012.

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Published on Friday, December 16, 2016 in Louisville Business First
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