Commuters prepare for Clark Memorial Bridge closure


by Michaela MacDonald

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 5:38 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Clark Memorial Bridge, also known as the Second Street Bridge, is set to close for construction at midnight, July 8. 

The bridge will be shut down for six weeks, 44 days exactly, while construction crews rebuild the approach on the Indiana side.

According to the Ohio River Bridges Project, more than 25,000 vehicles travel across the bridge daily. 

"I live on Louisville side, but I travel back and forth because my mother, all my family lives in Jeffersonville," commuter Priscilla Clark said.

Clark crosses the Clark Memorial Bridge on a regular basis to see family. Virginia Payne uses the bridge to get to work every day.

"It’s going to be a major headache," Payne said.

They both said they are anticipating major traffic trouble when the bridge closes for construction.
"I think it's going to be a whole lot of traffic problems," Clark said.

Payne and Clark have each come up with an alternate route to drive over the river, but said if traffic is too bad they plan to walk the Big Four Bridge and get picked up on the other side. And they likely won't be alone.  The Waterfront Development Corporation expects a substantial increase in pedestrian and bike traffic because of this closure.

"I talked to my son even about possibly if it gets too bad to drop me over the bridge in Jeffersonville and just walk across the walking bridge and have one of my employees pick me up here if need be," Payne said.

"If I want to go and visit my mother, I would walk across and I could always have my sister or brother pick me up or I could walk to my mother's house, so it benefits very well," Clark said.