Traffic moving slow, but smooth on first day of ramp, lane closures


by Johnny Archer

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 12:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Lane closures are in full affect on Interstate 65 near Downtown Louisville. The Ohio River Bridges Project is underway and will impact drivers on the highway for years.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning traffic was backed up on the southbound side of the interstate about two miles north of the Kennedy Bridge.

John Hibbard normally takes I-64 from Indiana into Louisville. He is afraid some of the traffic from I-65 will eventually pour onto his morning commute to work.

“It seems like nothing was out of the ordinary,” Hibbard said. “It was just normal traffic. I guess there will be more as it starts backing up out there.”

The Kennedy Bridge has been reduced from three lanes to two for the week of July 15 while crews do bridge inspections. Traffic around 10 a.m. Tuesday was traveling about 20 MPH through the work zone.

The following week, crews will be moving to the northbound side of the bridge and reduce the lanes from four to two for inspections.

For the next three years, hospital curve between Jefferson Street and Muhammad Ali have been reduced from three to two lanes, where traffic was moving smoothly through that area Tuesday morning.

Crews have also closed the exit ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South for the next three years.

Click here for the latest traffic updates for the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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