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Paving the Way: Final Surface on Court Avenue Ramp

The ramp will be closed for about a week

Jeffersonville, Ind. (Sept. 21, 2016)More progress is being made on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, as crews with Walsh Construction get ready to place the final surface on the ramp from Court Avenue to I-65 South. Crews will also complete striping and finish additional work on the ramp.

The ramp will be closed during the work. It’s expected to close by 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 22. The ramp is expected to reopen within a week.

The closure will allow two paving trucks to work at the same time, helping to eliminate pavement joints and extending the life of the asphalt.

The signed detour will direct drivers to take Spring Street to 10th Street to access I-65 South.

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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.

Surfacing Work Scheduled on Lincoln Bridge

Weekend lane closures will be in place

Sept. 16, 2016 – Crews with Walsh Construction will be doing some surfacing work on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge this weekend. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction have noticed some areas where the surface is not wearing as expected.

The areas are limited to two northbound lanes (the right and middle lane on I-65 North). Crews will be removing the old surface in isolated areas and applying new. The work is expected to be complete by early Monday morning.

Impact on Traffic

The following closures will be in place this weekend to complete the work:

  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North
  • Two lanes of I-65 North on the Lincoln Bridge (reduced to a single lane)
  • One lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to the Lincoln Bridge

The closures are expected to begin around 9 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and end by 5 a.m. on Monday, September 19. Signed detours are in place during full closures.

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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.

E-ZPass Transponders Recommended for Motorcycles

ezpassTolling is expected to begin late this year

Sept. 9, 2016 –  Motorcyclists who have been waiting to open RiverLink accounts have a recommendation on which transponder to use.

It’s recommended that motorcyclists use a RiverLink E-ZPass transponder, and purchase a transponder holder that works best for their motorcycle and needs. Several options can be found through third-party vendors with an online search.

The RiverLink E-ZPass transponder is $15 per transponder. It’s a one-time cost for the life of the transponder, with the battery expected to last at least seven years. The RiverLink E-ZPass transponder can be moved from vehicle to vehicle registered to a single account. It can also be used in all 16 E-ZPass states, primarily located in the Northeast corridor.

With a transponder, the toll for motorcycles is $2 per crossing, the rate for passenger vehicles.

Opening an Account

RiverLink is the new, all-electronic tolling system making the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project possible. There are no toll booths, no coin machines, no lines and no stopping. Initial toll rates range from $2-$12. The lowest toll rates are for drivers with transponders. Drivers must set up a prepaid account to get a transponder.

Drivers can open a personal account online at www.RiverLink.com, by phone at 855-RIV-LINK or in person at one of two RiverLink customer service centers.

The customer service centers are located at 400 East Main Street in Louisville and 103 Quartermaster Court in Jeffersonville. The centers are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are also open 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday during the first year of operations.

Start of Tolling

Tolling will begin after cross-river capacity is added to the system. That means either the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge or the new East End bridge will be complete and fully open to traffic. Both are expected to happen late this year.

The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge will be tolled. The Sherman Minton Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge will not be tolled. Find more information at www.riverlink.com.

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The Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project includes two new bridges and their approaches, an improved Kennedy Bridge and reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, where I-65, I-64 and I-71 come together in downtown Louisville. The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 northbound traffic. The improved Kennedy Bridge will carry six lanes of southbound traffic. The new East End bridge will connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Kentucky with State Road 265 (Lee Hamilton Highway) in Utica, Indiana. Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.

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Lincoln Bridge Wins America’s Transportation Award


Recognized for Quality of Life and Community Development

White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. (Aug. 30, 2016)The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has earned a regional award in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition. The Abraham Lincoln Bridge is the winner in the Quality of Life/Community Development – Large Category.1

The award recognizes a transportation project that has contributed to the general quality of life and economic development of local communities. Priority was given to projects that enhance transit, demonstrate community involvement and illustrate the public benefit for users.

The Abraham Lincoln Bridge is the centerpiece of the Downtown Crossing, part of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The project, which is scheduled for substantial completion late this year, is improving safety and cross-river mobility. A study prepared for the Indiana Finance Authority found the Bridges Project would have an economic impact of $87 billion and support 15,000 new jobs over the next 30 years.

“We know the many benefits of the Bridges Project,” said Andy Barber, deputy state highway engineer and KYTC project manager. “We’re already seeing new development and new opportunities. This project is a game changer for our region, and every day drivers will be enjoying a faster and safer commute. That’s a win in my book, but it’s awfully nice to see the recognition for the Lincoln Bridge and the many men and women who helped build it.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer offered a letter of support for the Lincoln Bridge. He wrote, “The Abraham Lincoln Bridge is a valuable investment that will help secure our community’s position as a national leader in logistics…But perhaps even more importantly, it will improve the daily commutes of thousands of Louisville-area families, ensuring workers a convenient path to work every morning and home to their families every evening.”

The America’s Transportation Awards competition was created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 2008 with the support of AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented today at the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) Annual Meeting, held in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

As a regional winner, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will be considered for inclusion in the “Top Ten” projects in the competition, which will be announced in September. The Grand Prize winner is selected by a panel of transportation experts, and the People’s Choice Award is chosen online by the voting public. Both prizes carry a $10,000 cash prize to support a transportation-related scholarship or charitable cause.

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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.

Dash-cam Videos of Downtown Traffic Change

Aug. 29, 2016 – A significant change is now in place for drivers traveling from I-64 West and I-71 South to I-65. Traffic shifted this weekend as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

Drivers traveling from I-64 West and I-71 South to I-65 continue to split to the left, but then see a flip in exits to Interstate 65. Drivers traveling to I-65 South now exit to the left, and drivers traveling to I-65 North now exit to the right.

It’s important for all drivers to slow down, use caution and pay close attention to the signage.

Click here to see dash-cam videos of traffic in its new position

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.

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

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