Governor Mike Pence has issued an executive order naming the East End Crossing connecting Louisville and southern Indiana the "Lewis and Clark Bridge." He made the announcement Sunday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $763 million project.
Pence says the name "speaks to the shared prosperity between Indiana and Kentucky, just as Lewis and Clark together charted a course that would put the United States of America on a path to greatness." He says the bridge "will allow for us to grow, build, create and move products together and power our economies for years to come."
The East End Crossing is the result of more than three years of construction. The state says it was build at a cost of $224 million lower than the original project estimate and finished six months ahead of the original schedule.
The bridge connects the east end of Louisville to southern Indiana, near Utica. State leaders say the crossing will alleviate traffic congestion in the area. The public-private partnership has earned more than a dozen industry awards as well as a platinum sustainability award.