First morning commute slow-going after Clark Memorial Bridge closure

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by Brooke Hasch

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 12:50 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The roadblocks went up at midnight along both sides of the Clark Memorial Bridge Tuesday, causing traffic headaches for drivers trying to get around it during the morning commute.

Ed Green lives in Jeffersonville, just a block away from the bridge which he said has come in handy with a job in Louisville.

"I can walk across the bridge. It'll take thirty minutes instead of waiting for the bus," Green said.

With the bridge now closed, Green said he is taking the bus in hopes of avoiding the overflow on the Kennedy and Sherman Minton bridges, the two main alternatives.

"I'm leaving about an hour early so I can get there on time," Green said. "Later in the day, it's probably going to be a dead stop for hours."

He wasn't far off. Less than an hour later, traffic in the southbound lanes of I-65 backed up about three miles.

"I think it's insane," one driver shouted from his window.

I-65 wasn't nearly as bad as those trying to bypass the interstate using side roads. Even when I-65 cleared, miles of traffic along Old Indiana 62 and US 31 remained.

"It was pretty busy. I was glad I wasn't in that area," Evan Roland, who took I-65, said once he made it to the Louisville side.

We put the drive time to the test around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. We began our drive at exit 4 off I-65. An hour later, we made it over the Kennedy Bridge into Louisville.

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