New Kentucky-Indiana bridge being named for Abraham Lincoln
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A new Ohio River bridge in downtown Louisville will be named the Abraham Lincoln Bridge, in honor of the 16th U.S. president who was born in Kentucky and grew up in Indiana. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the name Monday for the Interstate 65 bridge.
The bridge is part of a $2.3 billion joint project between Kentucky and Indiana. Another bridge is under construction eight miles upriver. Beshear said in a news release that he settled on Lincoln because of the 16th president’s historical significance to Kentucky and Indiana.
The new bridge is expected to open to traffic before Christmas and will eventually carry all northbound I-65 traffic between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The current I-65 bridge, named for John F. Kennedy, is next to the new bridge and will carry southbound traffic only.
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