(News release) -- Repairs are expected to begin this weekend on a deteriorated support column that led to the closure last month of the ramp that carries traffic from I-65 North to I-64 West.
Repairs are expected to begin Saturday morning, with crews working through the weekend. The work should take about a week to complete and will require closure of the ramp. The ramp is expected to close around 7 a.m. Saturday.
Walsh Construction Co., leader of the Design-Build Team that is building the Downtown Crossing, will remove the deteriorated concrete, replace damaged steel rebar and pour a new layer of concrete around the column to encase the repaired core.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has completed a field inspection of scores of other columns in the Kennedy Interchange. The inspection was a precautionary measure that focused on columns with exposed rebar or other signs of deterioration. Engineers are continuing to assess the information gathered, but no immediate action was needed.
KYTC closed the I-65 North to I-64 West ramp for a weekend in December after significant deterioration was discovered. Walsh Construction quickly installed temporary shoring with steel beams to support the damaged column until the more extensive repairs were completed.
The entire ramp will be torn down and replaced in 2015 as part of the reconstruction of the Kennedy Interchange, which is a major part of the Downtown Crossing project.
The University of Louisville released the following statement as the closure may effect fans attending this weekend's basketball games:
University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball fans should take note of a planned repair on a deteriorated road support column this weekend that will close the ramp that carries traffic from I-65 North to I-64 West.
The repairs could affect fans that may regularly use that ramp for access to the Cardinals’ men’s basketball game against UCF on Saturday (Feb. 1) at 9 p.m. and women’s basketball game against USF that tips off at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 2). The ramp is expected to close around 7 a.m. Saturday and be closed for about a week.
Fans traveling I-65 North and heading to the KFC Yum! Center for the games are advised to exit the Broadway or Brook Street exits and move toward the arena by turning left on Jefferson, Main or Witherspoon Streets.