The Federal Highway Administration has approved financing, management and tolling plans for the Ohio River bridges connecting Louisville and southern Indiana.
The action allows Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to break ground later this month on the first part of the overall project _ a road in Indiana that will ultimately connect the River Ridge Commerce Center to State Road 265 and the future East End Bridge.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said both states now plan to seek final proposals from construction companies, which are expected to be selected by year's end.
The project will include construction of new bridges across the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., and between Prospect, Ky., and Utica, Ind.