Ohio River bridges ahead of schedule, under budget

The Ohio River bridges project is ahead of schedule and under budget according to an updated financial report.

The Courier-Journal reports the project will cost about $240 million less than previous projections, thanks to efficiencies in design and construction. The savings bring the total cost to about $2.34 billion.

Most of the joint Kentucky-Indiana project could be complete by the end of 2016, months ahead of schedule.

Kentucky is in charge of building a new bridge for northbound Interstate 65 traffic; a renovated and reconfigured John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge for southbound traffic; and improved downtown interchanges in Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind.

Indiana is in charge of building a new bridge and approaches to connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky with the Lee Hamilton Highway in Indiana.

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