Saturday, July 27, 2002

Two Ky.-Ind. bridges proposed

By The Associated Press

        CLARKSVILLE, Ind. - The governors of Kentucky and Indiana announced Friday a plan to build two new Ohio River bridges linking the states in an effort to lessen traffic congestion and to increase economic trade.

        “This has been a lengthy process,” Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton said at a southern Indiana park during a joint news conference with Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon. Both said the project had been discussed for years before state officials began a study three years ago.

        The $1.4 billion project calls for the construction of a bridge upstream from the Kennedy Bridge in downtown Louisville. The second bridge would be built about eight miles to the east, linking Interstate 265 in Indiana to I-265 in Kentucky.

        “Building these bridges is the right decision and building them in these places is the best decision,” Gov. O'Bannon said. Nine proposals were examined.

        The governors' proposal called for the reconfiguring of a tangled interchange - called Spaghetti Junction - where Interstates 64, 65 and 71 converge in downtown Louisville.

        Officials said construction could take up to 10 years.


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