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Construction update for Kennedy Interchange-area residents

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New ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West

This dash-cam video gives you a ride on the new ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West.

Traffic Changes: Ramp reopens; I-65 lane restrictions

Ramp reopens; lane restrictions begin

June 17, 2015 – Drivers need to prepare for two significant traffic changes in connection with the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. An interstate ramp is scheduled to reopen to traffic in Downtown Louisville and additional lane restrictions are planned for I-65 in Southern Indiana. Work is scheduled overnight Wednesday, with the new ramp open and the lane restrictions expected to be in place by early Thursday morning.

Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West to Reopen to Traffic

The new ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West is scheduled to open to traffic. The old ramp closed in mid-February and was demolished. Over the past four months, crews with Walsh Construction have built a new ramp to link to new overpasses. The work is part of the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange.

Drivers will notice two significant changes:

  • Drivers traveling from I-65 North to I-64 West will split to the right to travel on the new ramp. (Westbound traffic split to the left in the old configuration.)
  • The new on-ramp marks an earlier decision point than before. Drivers traveling to either I-64 East/I-71 North or I-64 West will split from I-65 North, where the new ramp to I-64 East/I-71 North opened last month. Drivers traveling to I-64 West will then split to the right to access the new on-ramp.

Signage will be in place, clearly marking the new ramp. The ramp, which carries around 10,000 vehicles each day, is reopening on schedule. More than 40 new ramps and overpasses are being built on the Kentucky side of the river as part of the Downtown Crossing. 

Additional Lane Restrictions to Begin on I-65

Additional lane restrictions are scheduled to begin on I-65 in Southern Indiana. The inside lanes (left lanes) of I-65 North and I-65 South will be closed for a two-mile stretch, extending from approximately mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3.5. The lane closures extend from near Brown’s Station Way to just south of Veterans Parkway.

The lane restrictions will reduce I-65, in both directions, from four through lanes of traffic to three lanes. The closures are expected to be in place by early Thursday morning and continue through mid-September.

During the lanes closures, crews with Walsh Construction will demolish existing barrier wall, build sign foundations and complete needed fiber optic work.

The actual start date and duration of the work may be adjusted because of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Traffic Changes on the Way in Southern Indiana

Lane restrictions and ramp closure planned 

June 11, 2015 – Drivers need to prepare for upcoming traffic changes in Southern Indiana as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The actual start date and duration of the work may be adjusted because of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. Reminders of the upcoming closures will be provided closer to date.

Rolling Closures Tonight on I-65 and US 31 South

Lane closures and rolling closures are scheduled overnight on I-65 North, I-65 South and US 31 South from approximately the Kennedy Bridge to Stansifer Avenue to remove box trusses. The intermittent closures are expected to stop traffic for up to 20 minutes at a time between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Additional Lane Restrictions to Begin on I-65 in Mid-June 

Additional lane restrictions are scheduled to begin on I-65 later this month. The inside lanes (left lanes) of I-65 North and I-65 South will be closed for a two-mile stretch, extending from approximately mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3.5. The lane closures extend from near Brown’s Station Way to just south of Veterans Parkway.

The lane restrictions will reduce I-65, in both directions, from four through lanes of traffic to three lanes. The closures are expected to begin around mid-June and continue through mid-September.

During the lanes closures, crews with Walsh Construction will demolish existing barrier wall, build sign foundations and complete needed fiber optic work.

Ramp from US 31 South to Court Avenue to Close in Early July

The ramp from US 31 South to Court Avenue is scheduled to close in early July, after the Fourth of July holiday. The closure means drivers won’t have direct access to Court Avenue or the Clark Memorial Bridge. The closure is expected to continue through September.

A signed detour will be in place. Southbound drivers will continue on I-65 South to Exit 0. Drivers will exit to westbound Market Street and take a right on northbound Missouri Avenue to either access the Clark Memorial Bridge or Court Avenue.

During the closure, crews will be building a new ramp that will be in use later this year.

 

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Joint Board for Ohio River Bridges Project names Parsons as interim tolling system adviser, oversight contractor

Contract with eTrans KY Inc. to be canceled

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (June 9, 2015) – The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board for the Ohio River Bridges Project today appointed Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. as interim toll services advisor.

The interim toll advisor will oversee the work of a toll system integrator and toll operator on behalf of the Joint Board and the states’ parties.

The new advisor will replace eTrans KY Inc. A resolution by the Joint Board notes that eTrans’ performance “has not met with the expectations of the Joint Board.”

Cancellation of the eTrans contract does not affect the contract of the company hired to build, manage and maintain the bridges project’s tolling system, Virginia-based Kapsch TrafficCom, nor is it expected to impact the overall project schedule.

Kentucky and Indiana jointly are building the bridges project to improve cross-river mobility between Louisville and Southern Indiana. The project calls for building two bridges – one connecting downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana, running beside the Interstate-65 Kennedy Memorial Bridge, and another bridge eight miles upriver, connecting Prospect, Kentucky, and Utica, Indiana.

Once the project is completed, the two new bridges and a renovated Kennedy Memorial Bridge will feature an all-electronic toll collection system – meaning no toll plazas, no slowing of traffic and no waiting in line.

The Joint Board was created to facilitate the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the bridges project. It consists of transportation and finance officials from both states – Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Jim Stark, Kentucky Finance Secretary Lori Flanery and Lori Dunlap, director of Capital Projects and Planning for the Indiana Finance Authority.

At the meeting today, Secretary Flanery was represented by Ryan Barrow, executive director, Kentucky Office of Financial Management, and the Indiana Finance Authority was represented by Jim McGoff, General Counsel.

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