TRIMARC officials: Morning rush hour better than expected with bridge closure

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 6:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- There were mixed reviews from commuters dealing with day one of the Second St. bridge closure, but TRIMARC traffic officials said the morning rush hour went better than expected.

"People did great. People did great. Had a little more back up than we would normally see, but not a whole lot," Operations Center Supervisor Jim Mallory said.

Mallory said their team found only a few problems on the Kennedy and Sherman Minton bridges.

"They had a vehicle broken down on the Kennedy. It took about 20-25 minutes for police to get there, get a wrecker there and get it towed off. That backed up a little bit, but thank goodness it was at 5 o'clock in the morning and not at 7:30 or 8 o'clock," Mallory said.

Mallory credits the morning success to patience; something he thinks was learned during the Sherman Minton Bridge closure three years ago.

"Don't be in a big hurry to get home because traffic is going to be a little heavier than normal, but also lets don't panic. It’s going to be a little heavier and it may take you a few extra minutes to get to point A to point B…" Mallory said.

Mallory said Trimarc works closely with the traffic division of the police department. He said their placement on Tuesday morning helped get cars off the exit ramps, quickly.
 

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