2014 marks busiest construction time for Downtown Crossing


by WHAS11.com


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 6:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This year marks the first full year of construction on the Downtown Crossing and residents can expect one of the busiest construction seasons in Downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville since the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and interchange were built a half-century ago.

Officials highlighted major work and traffic changes expected in 2014 during a news conference Thursday.

One one of the biggest changes coming up, the Clark Memorial Bridge will close for six weeks. The the southbound lanes are already down to one lane on the Indiana approach to the bridge, but the complete closure will not take place until after memorial Day.

When the Clark reopens, there will be new exit and entrance ramps, as well as new detours that will last until mid 2015.

In Kentucky, Interstate 65 will be busy as we head into summer.

Crews will be constructing a wider corridor on I-56 south and begin work on the new overpass decks. Traffic will shift to new ramps after Derby.

While there will be a lot of work going on along I-65, officials said there will be two lanes of traffic at all times.

As for the new bridge being build by this summer,  you'll start to see towers and cables popping up.

Residents can learn more about construction of the Downtown Crossing, including the new I-65 bridge and interstate approaches on both sides of the river, at an open house March 27 at the Mellwood Art Center on Mellwood Avenue from 5 to 6:30 p.m.