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Two Ramps Scheduled to Open Derby 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.

For Sale: Historic Property in Downtown Louisville

“For Sale” sign up again at Grocers Ice & Cold Storage

Click here to view more photos of the Grocers Ice & Cold Storage building.

April 29, 2016A historic property in a prime location in Downtown Louisville is back on the market. Sealed bids are being accepted for Grocers Ice & Cold Storage. The property is located at 609 East Main Street, a vibrant area capturing the interest of developers.

Grocers Ice & Cold Storage is nestled between Downtown Louisville and Butchertown. The building is more than 44,000 square feet. It’s one block from Louisville Slugger Field and adjacent to Louisville’s trendy and burgeoning NuLu District. It’s just down the road from Angel’s Envy distillery and visitor center, scheduled to open later this year. Also nearby are a number of restaurants and galleries.

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The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original building dates to 1906, with additions built around 1920 and 1952. The historic façade, described as reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early designs, must be maintained by the buyer of the property. Full details of the preservation easement can be viewed here: http://kyinbridges.com/wp-content/uploads/Grocers-Ice-Easement-Description.pdf.

The inside of the building includes exposed brick, winding stairs and the remains of infrastructure for producing ice. Loading docks are located at the rear of the building.

The property was purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) as part of right-of-way acquisition for the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. A small portion of the building was demolished to make way for improvements being made to the Kennedy Interchange.

Details of the Sale

The property is being sold by sealed bid. The site was for sale in the fall, but the lone bid was rejected.. This time, a minimum bid reserve is included for the sale of the property. All bids must meet the reserve of $1,205,000.

Sealed bids are being accepted for 60 days. All bids must be received before the scheduled bid opening, which is set for Thursday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Six open houses are scheduled to give interested parties a closer look at the property. The open houses are May 4, May 17, May 25, June 3, June 10 and June 21. All are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find more information about the property and the sales process at www.kytcproperty.com.

Successful Transformation Under Way

Just down the road from Grocers Ice & Cold Storage is the perfect example of a success story. The former Vermont American property is being transformed into Angel’s Envy distillery and visitor center, scheduled to open later this year.

“We don’t need to look far to see what is possible when you breathe new life into these historic properties,” said KYTC project manager Andy Barber. “The interstate view of a long-vacant building is being replaced with a stunning reminder of the bourbon boom and what it means to our city and state. I’m anxious to see what possibilities await Grocers Ice.”

The 90,000-square-foot complex at the corner of Jackson and Main streets dates back to the early 1900s. It had sat vacant for nearly 30 years. KYTC acquired the property to widen I-65 South as part of work on the Downtown Crossing. The sale was complete in July 2014.

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Vermont American property (2012)

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View of fermenter room. Photo courtesy of Angel’s Envy.

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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 Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

Traffic to Shift to New Roadway on I-64 West

Two minor traffic shifts are planned for this weekend.

April 29, 2016 – Two traffic shifts are expected on I-64 West this weekend as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Drivers on I-64 West are moving onto new roadway approaching the I-65 split and after the I-65 split, near Witherspoon Street. Drivers will notice only a slight shift in their normal routes.

Traffic is expected to shift to its new position by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 2.

Weekend Closures

Weekend lane closures on I-64 West and overnight ramp closures will be in place to allow crews to complete necessary work and move drivers to the new roadway.

Closure scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1

  • Two lanes of I-64 West from Story Avenue to River Road

The two lanes of I-64 West are scheduled to close around 9 p.m. on Saturday and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 2.

Overnight closure scheduled for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1

  • Ramp from I-71 South to I-64 West

The ramp is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. on Saturday and reopen by 8 a.m. on Sunday. It’s scheduled to close again around 9 p.m. on Sunday and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, May 2.

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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.

Clearing The Way For Thunder

No work and no new closures Saturday

April 21, 2016 With hundreds of thousands of people expected in Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana on Saturday for Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction want to make the trip as easy as possible for the large crowds.

The air show and fireworks display will mean a brief break in activity for crews working on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. No construction work and no new overnight closures are scheduled for Saturday.Thunder

Crews with Walsh Construction have been working this week to wrap up as many activities as possible, move equipment when feasible and open additional streets to traffic.

Although crews are suspending construction Saturday, multiple areas along the shoreline in Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana remain active work zones and are off-limits.

Private security personnel, along with the heightened police presence throughout the area, will be monitoring the fenced-off areas of construction. With extensive construction activity underway, entering one of these areas poses a risk to trespassers. Signage is posted.

Traffic Information

Interstate Closures

No new overnight interstate or ramp closures are planned for Saturday. Long-term interstate and ramp closures remain in place. Closures of note for drivers to be aware of include:

  • Kennedy Bridge is closed to traffic, with no direct access from I-65 South to I-64 West, I-64 East and I-71 North. The signed detours are I-264 and I-265.
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North is closed.
  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West is closed.
  • Ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South (Jeffersonville) is closed.

Several streets within the project area have been cleared of construction activity.

Clear of Construction Activity for Thunder Over Louisville:

Floyd Street                             Frankfort Avenue

Jackson Street                         Jefferson Street

Liberty Street                          Main Street (right parking lane will be closed)

Market Street                          Mellwood Avenue

Preston Street                         River Road (right lane of eastbound River Road will be closed)

Story Avenue                           Witherspoon Street

Check with Louisville Metro Police for specific road closures associated with Thunder Over Louisville: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/thunder-over-louisville-street-closures.

Jeffersonville

Riverside Drive will be open Saturday for Thunder Over Louisville. Market Street will be closed from Clark Street to Riverpointe Plaza.

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

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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.

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

Good Neighbor- Construction Update

This letter provides information about upcoming construction in the Downtown Crossing area from April 19-20. CLICK HERE to open.

Good Neighbor Letter 19Apr16

 

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