HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is ready to start construction in earnest on the first phase of a planned Ohio River bridge connecting western Kentucky and Indiana.

Gov. Andy Beshear attended a groundbreaking Wednesday at Henderson for the Interstate 69 Ohio River Crossing. The governor says the project will bring more jobs to the region.

The first phase focuses on improvements on the Kentucky side. It includes an extension of I-69, new interchanges, and a reconstructed interchange.

Work on that phase is starting in earnest this summer and is expected to continue through 2025. Other phases, including bridge construction, will begin in the coming years.

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