INDOT approves Kennedy Bridge work; Repairs to get started

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 11:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Repairs to the Indiana approach of the I-65 John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge are expected to require lane closures through the end of next week.

Preliminary time frames previously provided by bridge repair engineers underestimated the amount of time that Indiana approach repairs would require lane closures. Currently, one lane is open going northbound and two lanes are open going southbound. More lanes had previously been expected to re-open last week.

Contractors have installed temporary supports underneath the Indiana bridge approach and removed corroded sections of steel. Engineers have also completed approved designs of the repairs. Work was expected to get started as early as overnight on Wednesday.

In the meantime, drivers are still facing major traffic jams. Cab driver Patrick Roth said the construction means less trips and higher fares for passengers. He said one woman took a five block ride and it cost her $17.80.

Indra Brown is from out of town, but visits Louisville frequently. She said she can’t keep up with all the traffic changes.

“It's real frustrating when you are trying to get back because I had a time limit,” said Brown.

More lanes are expected to re-open when the work on the Indiana side is completed by the end of next week. INDOT said they should have a more specific date by early next week.



 

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