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Lane Closure Today on I-64 East

Crews are repairing a pothole

June 24, 2016One lane will be closed today along a small section of I-64 East for a pothole repair. One lane of I-64 East is closing from 3rd Street to the I-71 split.

The lane is expected to reopen this afternoon, before the start of rush hour.

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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.

Building New Interstate Connections

New video and photos detailing progress

June 22, 2016 – The finish line is in sight as work continues on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. Work on the project is more than 85% complete, with the Downtown Crossing on track for substantial completion in December.

The most complicated part of the project is reconfiguring the Kennedy Interchange where I-65, I-64 and I-71 come together. Crews are untangling the many weaves of “Spaghetti Junction,” eliminating tight curves and short merges. New ramps are separating traffic and creating longer, safer merges.

More than 60 new overpasses and bridges are part of the Downtown Crossing, including 40 in Kentucky and 20 in Southern Indiana.

Kennedy interchange - June 2016

When traffic moves into final configuration, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of
I-65 northbound traffic and the improved Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 southbound traffic.

Video and Photos of the Work

Video detailing the interstate work in KY and IN:
http://kyinbridges.com/galleries/videos/

Photos showing work on the revamped Kennedy Interchange in KY and on new lanes of I-65 South in IN:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/downtowncrossing/albums/72157669058817440

Photo and Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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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.

Inspection Work Scheduled on Lincoln Bridge

Lane closures expected next week

June 10, 2016Inspection work is scheduled to begin next week on the surface of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. A rolling closure is expected during the day on Monday and overnight lane closures are expected during the week.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction have noted some isolated areas where the surface is not wearing as expected. Engineers want to take a closer look, with testing planned for next week.

The testing focuses only on the surface of the bridge. It could be several weeks before results of the testing are known.

Impact on Traffic

A rolling closure is expected in the southbound lanes of the Lincoln Bridge during the day on Monday to allow for inspection work. Southbound traffic will be stopped for up to 30 minutes. The work is expected to happen late morning, after the morning rush hour.

Testing is also expected next week, which will lead to some overnight lane closures on the Lincoln Bridge. A schedule for the work is expected early next week.

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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.

New Deck is Being Poured on Kennedy Bridge

Work to shift to the east side of the bridge next month

A new deck is being poured on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, marking the final stage of major improvements underway on the west side of the bridge. Crews with Walsh Construction will shift their attention next month to the east side of the bridge. A new floor system is being installed as part of the work on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The improvements are expected to add decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge.

Demolition work started in December, right after I-65 South traffic moved to the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge. Crews removed the old deck and old steel, and have spent the1 past several months installing new steel on the west side of the bridge.

The new floor system is being built on top of existing floor beams, with all new stringers, bearings and diaphragms the length of the Kennedy Bridge. In all, more than 3.5 million pounds of steel are being replaced.

Stringers are the primary vertical support members of the floor system, running with traffic. After putting in new stringers, crews installed stay-in-place metal decking and added reinforcing steel (rebar) before pouring the concrete. The new deck will include nearly 6,000 cubic yards of concrete and 2.6 million pounds of reinforcing steel.

Phase Two Work to Begin in June

The final concrete pour on the west side of the bridge is expected in June, which will complete phase one of improvements on the Kennedy. Phase two work will begin in June, with the same steps repeated on the east side of the Kennedy – demolition, removing old steel, adding new steel, installing stay-in-place decking, adding rebar and eventually pouring a new deck. The work on the east side of the Kennedy is expected to continue into October.

A new approach on I-65 South (Indiana approach) is also being built, with complete removal of the existing approach. The new approach includes 4.1 million pounds of new steel beams and 2,100 cubic yards of new concrete.

Work Remains on Schedule

The Kennedy Bridge is expected to remain closed to traffic until late October. When it opens in October, it will carry two through lanes of southbound traffic. Access will also be restored from I-65 South to I-64 West, I-64 East and I-71 North.

By late this year, the Kennedy is expected to fully open to carry six lanes of southbound traffic, and the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of northbound traffic.

 

Video and Photos of the Work

Crews with Walsh Construction were pouring 650 cubic yards of concrete on the day the video and photos were captured. About 65 concrete trucks cycled in and out during the 12-hour pour.

  • CLICK HERE to see B-roll video taken during a recent concrete pour on the deck of the Kennedy Bridge
  • CLICK HERE to see photos taken on the deck of the Kennedy Bridge during the concrete pour

Photo and Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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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.

I-64 and Story Ave. Traffic Shift

May 16, 2016 – Traffic shifted this weekend on I-64 East near Downtown Louisville, as scheduled. Traffic shifted left (to the north) to give crews room to work on new, expanded lanes of I-64 East.

The work extends from Witherspoon Street in Downtown Louisville to Mellwood Avenue. Drivers have moved to the left to utilize new roadway already constructed. Crews built a temporary crossover ramp to allow drivers on I-64 East to exit at Story Avenue.

Both shifts were completed over the weekend. Work on the new lanes of I-64 East is expected to be complete this summer.

HERE is a link to the dash cam videos of the traffic in its new position:

Video Credit: Ohio River Bridges Project

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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.

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