On June 20, 2012, FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has given Indiana and Kentucky the authorization to proceed with the $2.6 billion Ohio River Bridges project after approving its environmental review.
"This final step in the environmental review process allows Kentucky and Indiana to begin the process of improving safety and easing congestion for thousands of people who travel across the Ohio River every day," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "This project will put people to work and help improve our infrastructure – a win-win for these two states."
The two states will work together to build a new I-65 bridge over the Ohio River, rebuild the I-64/I-65/I-71 Kennedy Interchange, and construct a new SR-265 East End facility, including another bridge, and a tunnel connecting to the I-265 Gene Snyder Freeway. The six-year project is expected to create about 4,000 construction, engineering, and supply-related jobs.
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