The purpose of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is to increase cross-river mobility by improving safety, alleviating traffic congestion and connecting highways. The project will stimulate the economy of the entire Louisville-Southern Indiana region. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s Record of Decision, to meet these needs two crossings are necessary – one in the downtown area and one eight miles upstream in the metro area’s growing East End.
The East End Crossing project, currently under construction by WVB East Partners, will connect the east end of Louisville, near Prospect, to southern Indiana, near Utica. The Kentucky approach to the new bridge will extend I-265 (the Gene Snyder Freeway, also known as KY 841) from its current termination at U.S. 42 to the bridge, adding a new, four-lane (two northbound, two southbound) 1.4-mile section. The Indiana Approach also will be a four-lane section, and will extend I-265 (the Lee Hamilton Highway) four miles – from its current termination at SR 62 to the bridge.
The East End Crossing will provide several very specific benefits to the Louisville and Southern Indiana area, including convenient access for area residents commuting between eastern Jefferson County and southern Indiana. And for travelers passing through the Louisville area from the north or south, the East End Crossing is an alternate (and very accessible) route that bypasses the urban traffic of downtown Louisville.
The new section of the Gene Snyder in Kentucky includes:
- A tunnel extending 1,700 feet under U.S. 42 and the historic Drumanard Estate.
- A redesigned partial interchange at U.S. 42 that retains the current access allowing northbound Gene Snyder traffic to exit onto U.S. 42.
- A new traffic signal at the end of the ramp from northbound Gene Snyder at U.S. 42, synchronized with the signal at the adjacent intersection of U.S. 42 and Wolf Pen Branch Road.
- A multi-use pathway near the Ohio River.
The new section of I-265 in Indiana includes:
- The addition of a new, full interchange at Old Salem Road.
- Reconstruction of the I-265/SR 62 interchange.
- Updates to Utica-Sellersburg Road near the new section of I-265.
Initial construction activity began in spring 2013, following the Indiana Finance Authority’s selection of WVB East End Partners to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the East End Crossing. The project is being overseen by the Indiana Department of Transportation, and will be substantially completed and open to traffic in late 2016.
View the East End Crossing Map Overlay in Google Earth
Google Earth is unlike any map you have ever seen. This is based on real satellite images combined with maps of the bridge, roads, overpasses and the tunnel that make up the East End Crossing. You can zoom in tightly to see great details. If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, simply click the map. If you don’t have Google Earth installed, take the following steps:
1. Install Google Earth. (http://earth.google.com)
2. Download the .KML file > http://eastendcrossing.com/wp-content/uploads/EEC_Overlay.kml
3. Open the file with Google Earth.