Kennedy Bridge construction causes major traffic delays on other roads

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 11 at 11:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Drivers could be facing a few more days of major delays on roads across Kentuckiana. More drivers are using the Second Street Bridge to cross the river going northbound because the Kennedy Bridge project has reduced traffic to one lane going northbound.

A spokesperson with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said they had planned to open more northbound lanes on the bridge by Friday, but that could be delayed. In the meantime, drivers are facing their own delays.

“I sat in the parking garage for 18 minutes waiting to get out of the parking garage,” Crystal Needy said.

“There was actually a car that was parked somewhere that it shouldn’t have been parked and that was causing traffic, and there were people trying to scoot over and edge around and doing weird things and I’m just lucky that this car doesn’t have any extra dents in it,” David Riddle said.

Second Street is now typically backed up to Broadway or Chestnut Street during rush hour. The distance is less than a mile, but it is taking some drivers 30 minutes to drive that far. LMPD’s Traffic Unit has officers directing cars and controlling lights to expedite traffic, but it is still taking drivers a long time to get where they need to go.

“I think this is worse than it was when they had the Sherman Minton shutdown. It's just not organized at all. It’s been bad,” Needy said.

Transportation officials should know by Thursday if they will open more lanes on the Kennedy Bridge.

 

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