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Kentucky is set to begin construction on the first phase of a planned Ohio River bridge connecting western Kentucky and Indiana.

Government Andy Bashier was present for the groundbreaking at Henderson on Wednesday for the Interstate 69 Ohio River Crossing. The project is one of Kentucky’s top transportation priorities.

“Investment is needed in our roads and bridges and this project will bring more jobs to the region,” the governor said.

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The first phase focuses on Kentucky side reforms.

Kentucky began construction on the Ohio River Bridge project that will connect western Kentucky and Indiana.

Kentucky began construction on the Ohio River Bridge project that will connect western Kentucky and Indiana.

This includes the I-69’s more than six-mile extension, new interchange and reconstructed interchange, Beshier’s office said in a statement. Work on that phase is in full swing this summer and is expected to continue until 2025.

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Other phases, including construction of the bridge, will begin in the next few years.

Kentucky’s other top-priority projects are building the Brent Spence companion bridge in northern Kentucky and completing the expansion of the Mountain Parkway in eastern Kentucky.