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Two Ramps Scheduled to Open This Week

Openings should help drivers heading to Oaks and Derby

Louisville, Ky. (May 4, 2016)Two new ramps are scheduled to open this week as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

The ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South (Jeffersonville) and the ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West are scheduled to open Thursday. The Court Avenue ramp is expected to open early in the morning, and the Story Avenue ramp is scheduled to open by late afternoon.

Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South

The ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South is scheduled to open during the overnight hours on Wednesday, and is expected to be open to traffic by 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 5.

Court Ave ramp ready to open

Court Ave ramp ready to open

The ramp closed at the end of February. During the closure, crews with Walsh Construction demolished the old ramp and built a new one. The new ramp will continue to carry traffic to its temporary position, with I-65 South traffic utilizing lanes of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge to cross the Ohio River.

The new ramp will eventually connect with the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. The Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic and the Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of northbound traffic by late this year.

During the closure, drivers had been directed to take Spring Street to 10th Street to access I-65 South. The ramp was expected to be closed for about 2 ½ months. It’s reopening after being closed for just over two months.

Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West

The ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West is scheduled to open to traffic by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

The ramp closed at the end of August 2015 because of maintenance of traffic issues and construction in the area. During the closure, crews with Walsh Construction demolished the old ramp and built a new one.

It’s important for drivers to know traffic is in a temporary configuration, and they need to slow down and use caution in the area. For now, drivers using the Story Avenue ramp to access either direction of I-65 will continue to cross two lanes of I-64 West traffic.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be watching the situation closely to monitor traffic flow, and determine if any action is needed before the full opening of the ramp this summer.

Once fully open, the new ramp will improve safety and traffic flow in the area. Drivers will use the left lane of the new ramp to access I-64 West. The right lane will take drivers to I-65 North and I-65 South, eliminating the need to merge across lanes of I-64 traffic. The flyover ramp to I-65 is expected to open this summer.

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

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Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead May 3-5

May 3, 2016The following closures and lane restrictions are expected the rest of this week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing.

Overnight closure scheduled Tuesday, May 3*

  • Ramp from I-64 West to Mellwood Avenue

Overnight closures scheduled Tuesday, May 3-Thursday, May 5*

  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-71 North
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North
  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 South
  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-71 North
  • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard/Liberty Street to I-65 North
  • Two lanes of I-64 West from Story Avenue to River Road
  • Two lanes of I-64 East from 3rd Street to Mellwood Avenue
  • One lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Main Street
  • One lane of I-65 South from the Lincoln Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard

Work scheduled Thursday, May 5

  • Project-wide rolling closures 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pothole patching

No overnight closures are scheduled for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 (Oaks and Derby).

*Overnight closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. Signed detours are in place during full closures.

Continuing Closures

A wave of continuous work along the I-65 corridor will lead to intermittent closures on several Downtown Louisville streets through the end of the project in late 2016. Closures are not continuous and will be shifting as work dictates. Signed detours will be in place during full closures. The majority of work on streets south of Main Street concluded when the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge opened to traffic in December 2015, with occasional closures to follow.

The following streets are impacted:

  • Floyd Street from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Liberty Street
  • Hancock Street from Main Street to Clay Street
  • Jackson Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street
  • Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Floyd Street
  • Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street
  • Main Street from Hancock Street to Jackson Street
  • Market Street from Hancock Street to Jackson Street
  • Preston Street from Jefferson Street to Liberty Street
  • River Road from Preston Street to Witherspoon Street (2 lanes)
  • Witherspoon Street from Slugger Field to Clay Street and from Adams Street to River Road

Additional intermittent closures

  • Frankfort Avenue from Story Avenue to River Road, with local access available between Story Avenue and Washington Street
  • Mellwood Avenue under I-64
  • Story Avenue under I-64

Kentucky Side

  • Kennedy Bridge is closed. Southbound traffic is expected to shift to the Kennedy by late October. The Kennedy should fully open to six lanes of southbound traffic late this year.
  • Ramp from I-65 South to I-64 West is closed through late October
  • Ramp from I-65 South to I-64 East and I-71 North is closed through late October
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North is closed through late 2016
  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West is closed. It’s expected to reopen spring 2016.

Indiana Side

  • Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South is closed. It’s expected to reopen by mid-May.
  • I-65 South and I-65 North reduced to two through lanes of traffic from the Abraham Lincoln Bridge to Brown’s Station Way through late 2016
  • I-65 North and I-65 South reduced to three through lanes of traffic from approximately mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3.5 (approximately Brown’s Station Way to just south of Veterans Parkway)
  • Alternating closures on Market Street and Riverside Drive from Clark Street to Riverpointe Plaza. When Market Street is closed, drivers will use Riverside Drive. When Riverside Drive is closed, drivers will use Market Street.
  • 9th Street is closed from Indiana Avenue to Marriott Drive

The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Also, given the aggressive overall construction schedule for the project, Walsh DBT may shift work schedules when opportunities arise. Find all of the latest traffic information at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

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Traffic Shift on I-71 South

Later access point from I-71 South to I-64 West

Feb. 29, 2016 – A traffic shift is expected on I-71 South as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Drivers will notice only a slight shift in their normal routes.

The move will return the exit from I-71 South to I-64 West to its previous location. It had temporarily shifted last month. Drivers will once again access I-64 West just past Frankfort Avenue. Signage will be in place, clearly marking the new entrance.

Traffic is expected to shift to its new position by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

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The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.

The Downtown Crossing includes the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.

Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Navigate traffic with KYTC, www.511.ky.gov, and Waze, www.waze.com.

Read more...

Construction is taking place on existing highways; however, two lanes of interstate traffic, going both ways, will always be open. Some ramps may be blocked for short or extended periods of time. When possible, this website will give at least 30 days of advance notice for traffic control activities. A plan has been developed outlining how traffic will be maintained during construction. View the Maintenance of Traffic plan.