Road closures due to bridge construction


by Gene Kang

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The new Downtown Louisville Bridge is in the works which means plenty of construction around the city.

Crews will demolish the ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South which closed in July and will be closed until the new bridge is opened.

Work is in full swing after Labor Day.

You’ll notice many road blocks and construction equipment around Downtown Louisville.

Witherspoon Street near Slugger Field will be shut down at 8:00 Tuesday night. Watch out for possible traffic jams in the city.

The sounds of summer as construction equipment lines the streets of Louisville.

Cranes booming and stretching their necks, progress for the Ohio River Bridges Project.          

But that means more road closures, detours and alternate routes.

"There's going to be construction everywhere. The city is getting bigger. The population is going up. I think it'll be for the benefit of everyone and you're going to have to deal with it," driver Melissa Mayorga said.

Driver, Anthony Lamb, said: "Here we go again because there's always construction going on."

Here are four specific areas that will be closed for demolition work overnight.

The ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North will close today through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 at night and 5:00 in the morning.

Same deal for the ramp from I-71 South to I-64 West during the same days and times.

Dozens of cameras capture work on the Downtown Bridge.

The Ohio River Bridges Project website has a cool time lapse showing the buzz of activity on water and land with cranes, barges and construction gear.

Roadways will also be impacted including Witherspoon Street near Slugger Field.

The right lane of I-64 West to the I-65 South ramp from Witherspoon to I-65 will close tonight at 9:00 and reopen by 5:00 Wednesday morning.

Then Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Adams will close at 8:00 tonight and reopen by 5:00 AM.

Motorcyclist Chris Gordon understands the price of progress.

WHAS 11 asked: "Are you annoyed?"

"No I'm really and truthfully not. The cones don't bother me because they don't move. Other drivers, they do," said Gordon.

There is a public meeting on bridge tolls as authorities will set the initial toll rate on Thursday morning.

That meeting is at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel in Jeffersonville, IN.