The Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing


Interstate ramp to close for improvements

Ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West is closing

Nov. 6, 2015 – An interstate ramp in Downtown Louisville is closing to allow crews with Walsh Construction to make improvements to the deck of the ramp. The ramp from I-65 North to I-64 West is scheduled to close early Saturday, November 7 and remain closed for just over a week. It’s expected to reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, November 16.

Crews will repair a portion of the bridge deck during the closure. A signed detour will be in place. The suggested detour for drivers traveling north on I-65 will be I-264 to I-64.

Weekend Ramp Closures

In addition, some weekend ramp closures are scheduled in connection with work on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Saturday Night/Sunday Closure

  • Ramp from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North

The ramp is scheduled to close around 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 and reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, November 9.

Saturday Overnight Closure

  • Ramp from I-71 South to I-64 West (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.)

Sunday Closures

  • Ramp from I-65 North to I-71 North (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Ramp from I-65 South to I-71 North (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to I-65 North (5 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

The ramps are closing for a concrete pour. They’re scheduled to close around 5 a.m. Sunday, November 8 and reopen by 10 p.m.

  • Ramp from I-65 South to I-64 West (5 p.m.-midnight)
  • Ramp from I-71 South/I-64 West to I-65 South (10 p.m. to 4 a.m.)

The Sunday closures are in connection with a traffic shift. Drivers traveling from I-64 West/I-71 South to I-65 North and I-65 South will soon be traveling on new pavement. The shift will be in place by 5 a.m. on Monday, November 9.

The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Also, given the aggressive overall construction schedule for the project, Walsh DBT may shift work schedules when opportunities arise. Find all of the latest traffic information at

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Public is Invited to Walk the Bridge

Celebration is set for Saturday, December 5

Nov. 5, 2015 – The date has been set for the public celebration to be held in advance of the new Downtown bridge opening to traffic. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will cut the ribbon, and the public is invited to “Walk the Bridge” on Saturday, December 5.

When announcing last month that the bridge would open to traffic in December, Gov. Beshear unveiled plans for the celebration. WalktheBridge

“Over the coming decades, hundreds of thousands of people and cars will cross the bridge, but we’re creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before we open the bridge to traffic,” said Gov. Beshear. “Before the first car drives across this span, the public will have a chance to walk the new bridge. It’s an opportunity to be part of a historic celebration of an extraordinary project.”

The celebration will be an open house format, with the public invited to visit the deck of the new cable-stayed bridge 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. There will be selfie stations across the bridge, giving the public a chance to capture the moment. They will be encouraged to post their pictures to social media, #walkthebridge.

The first 10,000 visitors will receive keepsake medallions to mark the historic event.

Access to the Bridge

Public access to the bridge, by foot and by shuttle, will be from Jeffersonville. Parking will be available at Water Tower Square (300 Missouri Avenue) and Colston Park (301 Mulberry Street). Jeffersonville Police will be assisting with traffic control.

TARC buses and City of Jeffersonville trolleys will provide free shuttle service from Water Tower Square. Court Avenue will be closed to traffic from North Shore Drive to Ohio Avenue to facilitate pedestrian and shuttle transport.

The ramp from I-65 North to Court Avenue will be closed to provide access to the bridge. Shuttles and trolleys will drop passengers at the end of the ramp, with participants walking to the deck of the bridge.

After walking up the ramp (1,000 feet), participants will walk the approach to the bridge (1,000 feet) and have the opportunity to walk nearly the length of the bridge (2,100 feet), before returning to the Court Avenue ramp. A complete circuit will total more than 1 ½ miles.

No pets, bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades will be allowed on the bridge. Limited parking for bikes is available in a number of locations in Jeffersonville.

Traffic on the Bridge

A date for when the bridge will open to traffic has not been set. I-65 North lanes will shift first, with lanes of I-65 South to follow.

Crews with lead contractor Walsh Construction Co. will then begin $22 million in improvements to the adjacent John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, adding decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge.

All but one lane of the Kennedy Bridge will close when the new bridge opens to traffic. One lane will remain open for about a month to maintain access to I-64 and I-71 North. The entire Kennedy Bridge will then close for about six months. One lane of the Kennedy will reopen first, restoring access to I-64 East and I-71 North. Access to I-64 West will be restored a short time later. The entire Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen in late 2016.

The revamped Kennedy Bridge will eventually carry six lanes of I-65 South traffic and the Downtown bridge will carry six lanes of I-65 North traffic.

The entire Downtown Crossing – the new cable-stayed bridge, the improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river – is scheduled to be complete in December 2016.


Bridge to open to two-way traffic in December

Workers are in the home stretch

Nov. 2, 2015 – Workers on the new Downtown bridge, the centerpiece of the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, are putting the finishing touches on the new bridge. It’s expected to open to two-way traffic in December.

Bridge Deck Complete 1 (1200x800)

The final steel beam for the deck of the new bridge was set in October, and the final precast deck panels were put into place. An evergreen tree and American flag have a place on the deck of the bridge, as part of the “topping out” ceremony, marking the placement of the final beam.

Still to Come 

Final work is being completed to prepare the deck for paving, including pouring concrete to fill the holes left behind by the removal of the tower crane. After those holes are filled, crews will apply a waterproofing membrane to the entire surface of the deck. That process will take about two weeks to complete. The deck is expected to be paved by late November.

The bridge is expected to open to two-way traffic in December. When the bridge opens to traffic, attention will shift to the Kennedy Bridge for $22 million in improvements. A new floor system is expected to add decades of new life to the nearly 52-year old bridge.

Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing – the new cable-stayed bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and new interstate connections – is scheduled for December 2016.

Building the Bridge

The new bridge is about 100 feet wide and over 2,100 feet long. Crews set the first piece of structural steel for the new cable-stayed bridge in October 2014. The last piece of steel was set one year later, October 2015.

  • 12 million pounds = total weight of structural steel in the new bridge
  • 657 = the number of pieces of structural streel crews have assembled
  • 76,000 bolts = number of bolts needed to assemble the structural steel
  • 35,000 pounds = weight of each floor beam
  • 98 feet = length of each floor beam
  • 88 stay cables = total number of stay cables 

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For Sale: Historic Property in Downtown Louisville

Sealed bids are being accepted on Grocers Ice & Cold Storage

Oct. 21, 2015 – A historic property is being sold after clearing the way for progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Grocers Ice & Cold Storage, located at 609 East Main Street, was purchased by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as part of right-of-way acquisition for the project.

A small portion of the building was demolished to make way for improvements being made to the Kennedy Interchange.GrocersIce

Grocers Ice & Cold Storage is nestled between Downtown Louisville and Butchertown and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior shell and historic façade must be maintained by the buyer of the property.

The original building dates to 1906, with additions built around 1920 and 1952. The facility is more than 44,000 square feet. It’s one block from Louisville Slugger Field and adjacent to NuLu. Nearby are Angel’s Envy distillery, galleries and restaurants.

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.

Two open houses will be held to give interested parties a closer look at the property. They’re scheduled for November 2 and November 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. both days.

The building is being sold by sealed bid. Bids must be received before the scheduled bid opening, which is set for Tuesday, November 24 at 1:30 p.m. The Commonwealth of Kentucky reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Find more information about the property and the sales process at

Downtown Ramps Closed Saturday, October 17

Interstate ramps from I-65 to I-71 will close for concrete pour

Oct. 16, 2015 – The ramps from I-65 North and I-65 South to I-71 North are scheduled to close Saturday, Oct. 17. The ramps will close around 7 a.m., when construction crews begin pouring concrete for a new bridge deck in the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The ramps are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. A signed detour will be in place to direct drivers.

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