Indiana’s portion of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to open to traffic Sunday. East End Crossing construction began in June of 2013. Officials from Indiana and Kentucky, who partnered on the massive undertaking, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and lead a public caravan across the 2,500-foot cable-stay bridge.
In all, the project covers eight-and-a-half miles between the Louisville suburbs and Jefferson County. The East End Crossing serves as a bypass to downtown Louisville.
Construction on Kentucky’s portion of the effort, the Downtown Crossing, wrapped up earlier this month. It included a revamp of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and construction of the adjacent Abraham Lincoln Bridge, which together carry I-65 traffic north and south.
The project was the largest joint transportation collaboration between the two states in history. The work was completed through a public-private partnership. After December 30th, electronic tolling will begin for the Kennedy, Lincoln and East End Crossing bridges.