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Evening commute going well, but how long will it last?

by WHAS11


Posted on February 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The relief of Kentuckiana drivers after the reopening of the Sherman Minton Bridge could be short lived.  Road construction projects with significant lane closures are slated for the spring and summer on the Kennedy Bridge, I-65 and I-71.

The rumble of Kennedy Bridge potholes will be targeted in a compressed 30 day project to start sometime after Memorial Day and complete by August 15.

The work to replace expansion joints and resurface the bridge deck will require two lanes of each direction of the I-65 span to be closed for up to 12 straight days.

That will leave only one of the three southbound lanes to remain open and only two of the four northbound lanes will remain open.

As a result, the Indiana Department of Transportation plans a truck detour routing semi-trucks from I-65 southbound to I-265 west to I-64 east, across the Sherman Minton Bridge.

"This will serve as an alternate route for all other motorists to use as well," said INDOT spokesman Greg Prince.  "INDOT will use traditional signage, overhead, and portable message boards to alert and redirect traffic where needed."

About 120,000 vehicles use the Kennedy Bridge each day.

A separate project will affect I-65 in Louisville, from "Hospital Curve" downtown to the Watterson Expressway to the south.

Replacing the concrete median barrier will trigger the left lanes in both directions to be closed for nine consecutive days prior to Thunder over Louisville on April 19.

Then, on two separate weekends between the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and August 1, I-65 northbound and southbound will be shut down on alternating weekends for the replacement of the interstate's asphalt surface.

Bridge deck repairs on I-71 that were suspended to accommodate detour traffic during the Sherman Minton closure are expected to resume soon. Asphalt replacement and guardrail repair on I-71 will require lane closures in April.  As part of the road contract, no lane closings are allowed on three key weekends, Memorial Day, Thunder Over Louisville and Derby weekend.

The I-71 work is contracted to finish by June 1.

Meanwhile, painting of the newly reinforced tie-cords on the Sherman Minton Bridge is closing one lane of eastbound I-64 during off-peak hours.  All lanes will be open each weekday morning for peak traffic between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Temperature-sensitive painting operations will occur during 30 work days as weather permits this winter and spring, INDOT said.

Also in Southern Indiana, an I-265 road resurface project is scheduled to be let in March. In April, a project is scheduled to be let for the addition of auxiliary lanes on S.R. 311 (Charlestown Rd.) and S.R. 111 (Grant Line) ramps.