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Bids for blue bridge project submitted

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New information on Owensboro's blue bridge.

The upcoming painting project will get started sooner than you might think.

Even though the orange cones aren't out yet, the wheels have been set in motion for a new coat of paint on the blue bridge.

Bids for the painting project were submitted to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Friday.

Most of the bids are below the estimated $20-million cost of the project.

It will take a week for a review committee to look at the bids.

Engineers will review them to make sure they meet the technical aspects of the project.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinets selection will then be sent to the secretary of transportation for approval.

Once the contract is awarded, it will take the company a few weeks to come up with a schedule.

That means some of the work beneath the bridge on the approach spans could begin within a month.

Crews will work during the night and the bridge will remain open.

Some local businesses in downtown Owensboro are happy the project is getting underway.

"Hopefully we'll move forward promptly and get things under way and be able to move on with our lives after the bridge is closed for a while and we'll look back on it and say 'Hey that was a good decision,'" says Ben Skiadas, manager at Famous Bistro.

The blue bridge will be completely closed after the bar-b-que festival in May so crews can work on the main trusses.

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