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Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West to close

It’s scheduled to close early Monday

Aug. 28, 2015 – The ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West is scheduled to close Monday. The ramp is closing for maintenance of traffic issues and construction in the area associated with the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The length of the closure has not been determined. Project engineers first want to assess the impact on traffic after the ramp closes. This has the potential to be a long-term closure that would last several months.

The closure is expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 31. A signed detour will be in place, directing drivers to Grinstead Drive to access I-64 West. Drivers can also use surface streets to reach Downtown Louisville.

Crews will be building new ramps to improve safety and traffic flow in the area. One ramp will carry traffic from Story Avenue to I-64 West and I-65 South and another ramp will carry traffic from Story Avenue to I-65 North. The new ramps will eliminate the need to merge across lanes of I-64 traffic to reach I-65. The ramps are not expected to open until later in 2016.

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Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority votes to join electronic toll consortium E-ZPass Group

E-ZPass transponders usable in 15 other states

July 29, 2015 – The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) today voted to join the E-ZPass Group, which operates a common electronic toll payment program in 15 states. 

With an E-ZPass transponder, tolls can automatically be paid on any toll road or bridge operated by any member agency of the E-ZPass Group.

KPTIA is joining for benefit of future users of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project. KPTIA is financing the Downtown Crossing portion of the project – a new bridge to carry Interstate 65 northbound traffic between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, and conversion of the existing I-65 John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge to carry southbound traffic.

Indiana is building the other half of the project – the East End Crossing between Prospect, Kentucky, and Utica, Indiana. Toll revenue will help finance all three crossings, and an E-ZPass transponder can be used for all three.

Tolling of the bridges will commence in late 2016 and will be free-flow, all-electronic – no toll plazas, no coin buckets and no waiting in line.

“Electronic toll collection is the most cost-effective system available to motorists for paying for the use of tolled highways and bridges,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who also is KPTIA chairman. “All E-ZPass toll facilities offer transponders that are interoperable – meaning that a single transponder will work for any and all E-ZPass systems.”

With all-electronic tolling, traffic flows freely, unimpeded, through tolling points. Vehicles passing through tolling gantries are monitored in two ways: onboard electronic transponders that send signals to monitors and video cameras that record license plates from overhead gantries.

The lowest rates will be charged to motorists using a transponder, which allows for tolls to be automatically debited from an established account. Higher rates – because of higher administrative costs – will be charged for motorists who must be tracked by video camera identification of their license plates. 

E-ZPass Group has 26 member agencies in 15 states, including five of the seven states bordering Kentucky: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. Toll roads in those states include the Illinois Tollway system, West Virginia Turnpike, Ohio Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Future users of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges who opt against purchasing an E-ZPass transponder still can realize the low-cost benefits of automatic electronic payment with a free decal-sticker transponder that would only work on the Bridges Project.

I-65 North traffic switch in Southern Indiana

July 29, 2015 – Two lanes of I-65 North traffic in Southern Indiana shifted to new roadway during the overnight hours, as scheduled.

Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

This is the first phase of the traffic switch, which should be complete by early September.

Expected Timeline (Subject to Change)

Overnight Tuesday/Early Wednesday

  • Two lanes of I-65 North traffic, from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way, moved east.
  • The move returned northbound traffic to its original position, on new roadway.

Late July and August

  • Median work will take place, including demolition work and installing barrier wall. 

Late August

  • Two lanes of I-65 South traffic, from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way, are moved east.
  • The traffic shift will end the split configuration on I-65 South.
  • The move will have I-65 traffic, in both directions, utilizing new lanes of I-65 North.

September

  • Traffic from the 10th Street ramp to I-65 South moves over to new roadway (new lanes of I-65 NB).

Traffic Restrictions

I-65 North and I-65 South will continue to be reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way. The lane reductions extend for nearly 1 ½ miles. The lane restrictions are expected to continue through late 2016, when the project nears completion.

TRAFFIC TO BEGIN SHIFT TO NEW LANES OF I-65 NORTH; Northbound traffic scheduled to shift overnight Tuesday, July 28

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (July 28, 2015)Crews with Walsh Construction have completed work on new lanes of I-65 North in Southern Indiana and will begin shifting traffic to its new, temporary position. The shift will happen overnight Tuesday, with the two lanes of northbound traffic expected to be using the new roadway by early Wednesday morning.

Eventually, both southbound and northbound traffic on I-65 will be using the new lanes of I-65 North. The traffic shift will happen in stages and is expected to be completed by early September.

Both directions of I-65 traffic have been using the southbound lanes of I-65 since early October. Over the past several months, crews have demolished the old lanes of I-65 North and built new roadway to connect with the new cable-stayed bridge. The new bridge is expected to open to two-way traffic by January.

 

The traffic switch will allow for similar work to happen on the southbound side, with old lanes of I-65 South being demolished and new lanes being built to connect with the revamped Kennedy Bridge. The new Downtown bridge will eventually carry six lanes of northbound traffic and the Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2016.

Expected Timeline (Subject to Change)I-65 traffic for news release 7-28-15

Overnight Tuesday/Early Wednesday

  • Two lanes of I-65 North traffic, from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way, are moved east.
  • The move will return northbound traffic to its original position, on new roadway.

Late July and August

  • Median work will take place, including demolition work and installing barrier wall.

Late August

  • Two lanes of I-65 South traffic, from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way, are moved east.
  • The traffic shift will end the split configuration on I-65 South.
  • The move will have I-65 traffic, in both directions, utilizing new lanes of I-65 North.

September

  • Traffic from the 10th Street ramp to I-65 South moves over to new roadway (new lanes of I-65 NB).
  • The ramp from US 31 South to Court Avenue – providing direct access to the Clark Memorial Bridge – will reopen to traffic.

Late 2015

  • The flyover ramp from US 31 North to I-65 North is scheduled to open to traffic, allowing drivers crossing the Clark Memorial Bridge direct access to I-65 North.

Traffic Restrictions

I-65 North and I-65 South will continue to be reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown’s Station Way. The lane reductions extend for nearly 1 ½ miles. The lane restrictions are expected to continue through late 2016, when the project nears completion.

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