New drone videos offer rare look at East End Bridge construction

Drone Monitors Bridge Construction Progress

This post originally appeared on http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2016/07/28/new-drone-videos-offerrare-look-at-east-end-bridge.html.

[Editor’s Note: Drones were used to capture bridge construction progress.]

With the East End Bridge now just a few months away from opening, significant progress is being made on the bridge and its connector roads and tunnels.

To show just how far construction crews have come, the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project released three new videos of the progress. All three videos are under 2 1/2 minutes long and can be found here. The videos were taken entirely with aerial drones.

According to a news release from bridges officials, the three videos capture an overall look at construction but also showcase never-before-seen footage of the twin tunnels constructed on the Kentucky side of the bridge. The tunnels are 1,700 feet long — the second-longest in the state behind the Cumberland Gap tunnel — according to the release.

“The East End Crossing is in an area that is not easily accessible to the public, so using a drone to show the progress and the scope of the work is the perfect way to give people a closer look at what’s being accomplished,” Ron Heustis, project manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation said in the release. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime project that will have a tremendous positive impact on the community for years to come.”

Rob Morphonios, project director for East End bridge contractor WVB East End partners, echoed those sentiments by praising the workers who have built the bridge.

“Hundreds of talented men and women, both locally and around the globe, came together to create a bridge that will proudly serve this community for generations,” Morphonios said. “The progress we’ve made could not have been accomplished without their hard work.”

Once completed, the East End bridge will connect Eastern Jefferson County near Prospect to Southern Indiana near Utica. It will be one of three tolled bridges as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, including the new Abraham Lincoln bridge carrying northbound Interstate 65 traffic between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville and the rehabbed Kennedy Memorial Bridge carrying southbound I-65 traffic across the river.

The Lincoln bridge is carrying both northbound and southbound I-65 traffic right now while the Kennedy bridge is closed for repairs. The Kennedy bridge will partially reopen in October, and the bridges project released new videos of that bridge work that can be found here.

Tolling is expected to start by the end of the year through the new RiverLink toll system.

As we previously reported, RiverLink has opened support centers at 400 E. Main St., across from Louisville Slugger Field, and a Southern Indiana location at 103 Quartermaster Court, off 10th Street in Jeffersonville. Residents can register for tolling accounts and pick up remote transponders for their vehicles at those locations.

The Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge will remain free of tolls.

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