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Crews begin site-clearing for new Ohio River span

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:52 am

UTICA — Crews have begun clearing the way for a new Ohio River bridge that's part of Indiana and Kentucky's $2.6 billion project to build or upgrade a trio of bridges.

Workers demolished a house Monday on the river's Kentucky side as site-clearing began for the new bridge that will link Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Greg Prince says crews will begin clearing 27 acres of trees this week along the bridge route in the Prospect area. He tells The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., they'll also be setting up erosion control fences near Utica.

Indiana and Kentucky have divided work on the project to build two new Louisville-area bridges and upgrade a third. Indiana is in charge of the Utica-to-Prospect bridge and its approaches.