Gas prices rise, construction work continues for Memorial Day


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 23 at 11:42 PM

(WHAS11) -- Construction work is scheduled to continue over the holiday weekend on the I-65 pavement project.

“We do have construction that’s going to take place this weekend on I-65 between the Chestnut Street overpass in downtown Louisville and the Watterson,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet PIO, Andrea Clifford.

Crews will be paving the right lane which will reduce the traffic to two lanes along the nearly four mile stretch from from Friday night at 7 p.m. until Monday morning at 5 a.m.

“We do need for people to plan ahead and allow for extra time to get through the city. If they want to detour around using I-64 and the Watterson, that's also a possibility as well,” said Clifford.

Several exit ramps will also be closed along that stretch because of the work. The following ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. on Friday until 8 p.m. on Saturday:

-Entrance ramp from First Street

-Exit ramp at St. Catherine Street

-Entrance ramp from Oak Street

-Entrance ramp from Preston Street

-Entrance and exit ramps at Arthur Street

The following ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. on Monday:

-Entrance and exit ramps at Warnock Street

-Entrance ramp from Eastern Pkwy

-Entrance and exit ramps at Crittenden Drive

The paving work didn’t stop for the holiday weekend in an effort to keep on pace for completion before several big events in August, including the Kentucky State Fair.

Also, prep work on the Kennedy Bridge project began Wednesday night.

“The contract crews are actually starting to come in and install some work platforms underneath the ramps that lead onto the Kennedy Bridge,” said Clifford.

Lane closures will be in place overnight on I-64 during the work. I-64 westbound will be reduced to one lane Wednesday night and Thursday night from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. After a break for the holiday weekend, work will resume on the evening of May 29.

Drivers in Kentuckiana are also dealing with higher gas prices. Some stations in the Louisville area saw a nearly 20 cent jump in prices.

“That's a rip off. I don’t like the fact that they always seem to jack the prices up during holiday season,” said Ken Grant.