Jeffersonville, Ind. (WHAS11) – Another lane restriction will soon be in place on the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge). The bridge closed to traffic this morning in preparation for Thunder Over Louisville. When the bridge reopens on Sunday, traffic will be reduced to one lane on both US 31 South and US 31 North on the Indiana approach.
The restrictions cover nearly 1,200 feet, stretching from just south of Court Avenue to the bridge. The outside lanes will be closed in both directions, restricting traffic to the inside lanes.
The existing four travel lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge and on the Kentucky approach will not be affected during the work to preserve historic elements on the approach.
Lane restrictions will remain in place in both directions during the northbound work, with pedestrian access maintained on the southbound side.
Crews with Walsh Construction are placing a second row of concrete barriers on the southbound side to create a safe pathway for pedestrians. The created pathway, which will be in place when the bridge reopens Sunday, will extend from the Indiana approach to the southbound sidewalk on the bridge.
During the restrictions, crews with Walsh Construction are dismantling historic decorative pylons, limestone block walls and railing that surround the existing Clark Memorial Bridge approach. The elements are being incorporated into the newly constructed bridge approach.
The restrictions will remain in place until the planned closure of the Clark Memorial Bridge. The preparatory work that started last month will help limit the amount of time the bridge will be closed.
The Clark Memorial Bridge is expected to close in late May 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 July, the new ramps will be in use.