Beshear, Daniels reach agreement on bridges

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The governors of Kentucky and Indiana have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to build bridges across the Ohio River in the Louisville area.

Construction of the $2.6 billion projects would begin in 2012 under the deal reached by Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana.

Kentucky would be responsible for building a new Interstate 65 bridge, refurbishing the Kennedy Bridge, modernizing the Kennedy Interchange, and expanding the I-65 approach in Indiana.

Indiana would be responsible for constructing a new bridge across the river at Utica, a new highway linking the Lee Hamilton Expressway and Gene Snyder Freeway, and a tunnel in eastern Jefferson County.

Tolls would help to cover the cost of construction.

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