Lewis and Clark Bridge (Ohio River)

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Lewis and Clark Bridge
Coordinates38°20′34″N 85°38′36″W / 38.3427°N 85.6433°W / 38.3427; -85.6433Coordinates: 38°20′34″N 85°38′36″W / 38.3427°N 85.6433°W / 38.3427; -85.6433
Carries4 lanes of Elongated circle 841.svg Kentucky 841 / Indiana 265.svg Indiana State Road 265 Future numbering: I-265
CrossesOhio River
LocaleProspect, Kentucky and Utica, Indiana - near Louisville, Kentucky
ID numberBH 57876
DesignCable-stayed bridge
Total length2,500 Feet
Longest span1,200 Feet
OpenedDecember 18, 2016
Toll$2 (with EZ-Pass/RiverLink transponder)
$3 (with Pay-By-Plate account)
$4 (Pay-By-Plate with no account)

The Lewis and Clark Bridge crosses the Ohio River northeast of downtown Louisville, Kentucky; and as part of a ring road around the Louisville metropolitan area, connects Kentucky State Highway 841 with Indiana State Highway 265, connecting two previously disjointed segments of Interstate 265. It was known as the East End Bridge for 30 years since its conception and while under construction, and renamed by Indiana officials on the day of its opening, December 18, 2016.[1] The bridge provides for walking and bicycling. For motor vehicles, tolling began on December 30, 2016.[2]


The design for what was then known as the East End Bridge is the result of the $22.1 million, four-year Ohio River Bridges Study, which found that solving the region's traffic congestion would require the construction of two new bridges across the Ohio River and reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange in downtown Louisville.

Limited land acquisition began in 2004. Construction costs totaled $242 million at the end of January 2017.[3]

Comparison with Clark Memorial Bridge[edit]

The Clark Memorial Bridge crosses the Ohio River in downtown Louisville, and like the upstream Lewis and Clark Bridge, connects Jefferson County, Kentucky to Clark County, Indiana. The Clark Memorial Bridge is named for George Rogers Clark, while the Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition is George's brother William Clark.[4] Both bridges include dedicated pedestrian facilities.

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  1. ^ Beilman, Elizabeth (December 18, 2016). "At last: East-end bridge, dubbed Lewis and Clark, opens to traffic". News and Tribune. Jeffersonville, IN. Retrieved 2017-01-05. Decades of anticipation for a direct connection between Prospect, Ky. and Jeffersonville were realized Sunday when officials celebrated the opening of the east-end bridge, dubbed the Lewis and Clark Bridge.
  2. ^ Sirianni, Maura; Green, Marcus; Mitchell, Kyle (December 30, 2016). "Tolling begins on the Lewis and Clark, Lincoln and Kennedy bridges". WDRB. Retrieved 2017-01-03. During the first 12 hours of tolling, more than 52,000 vehicles crossed the three toll bridges in the RiverLink system, officials said.
  3. ^ "Lewis and Clark Bridge Spans Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana" (PDF). High Steel News. Spring 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Bauer, Katie (March 3, 2016). "Resolution to name new bridge after Lewis & Clark approved". WAVE TV. Louisville, KY. Retrieved 2017-01-05. He doesn't think there will be any confusion when it comes to the new bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge named after George Rogers Clark, William's older brother.

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