Major stretch of new roadway to open to traffic



Posted on June 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 5:13 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – The first major stretch of new roadway for the Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing -- a section of I-65 South -- will open to traffic this weekend. Drivers traveling from I-64 West and I-71 South to I-65 South will notice the first change, as they shift to the newly constructed roadway Saturday night. Other drivers traveling on I-65 South are expected to shift to the new road Sunday night (June 22), with all drivers in the new configuration by early Monday morning. 

I-65 South Traffic Switch

I-65 South traffic will be moving to newly constructed roadway from Witherspoon Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Traffic will be reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two through lanes. The new traffic pattern will be in place into 2015.

The roadway -- to the west of and parallel to I-65 South -- is the new I-65 South collector-distributor. When the overall project is complete, the collector-distributor will allow traffic to smoothly enter and exit I-65 South.

New Phase of Construction Beginning

Moving traffic to the newly constructed roadway, along with the lane reduction already in place on I-65 North, will allow crews to work between I-65 South and I-65 North to build new mainline lanes for I-65 South.

Last month, I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Witherspoon Street was reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two, with the right lane a mandatory exit to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The lane reduction remains in place into 2015.

With the lane reduction on I-65 North and the upcoming traffic switch on I-65 South, I-65 will be reduced to two through lanes of traffic in each direction from Witherspoon Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

Impact on Drivers

Drivers should prepare for delays and keep the following tips in mind:

•    Allow extra time, especially during the first few days of the traffic switch
•    Adjust travel plans, when possible, to avoid peak travel times
•    Consider alternate routes
•    Consider carpooling or public transportation,
•    Focus on the road and avoid distractions such as cell phones

Clark Memorial Bridge Closure

Drivers need to prepare for another major traffic change next month. The Clark Memorial Bridge is scheduled to close soon after the 4th of July holiday and remain closed for just over six weeks.

During the full closure, new US 31 entrance and exit ramps to and from Court Avenue will be constructed. When the bridge reopens in late August, the new ramps will be in use.

The bridge is expected to close to traffic Tuesday, July 8. A date for its reopening will be provided as work progresses.