LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s a project Kentuckiana has been debating and anticipating for decades; the construction of two new bridges across the Ohio River. But, before we cross the river, we’ll be dodging construction and traffic troubles. Starting July 15, a stretch of I-65 South will be reduced from three lanes of traffic to two.
In the coming years, Kentuckiana will have new bridges and a revamped Spaghetti Junction. But, before progress will come sacrifice.
“It’s not going to be without inconvenience,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer concedes. “But, we know that going into it. We’re just going to have to live around it. We’ve been spoiled in this community; we haven’t had a big project like this in a long time.”
Mayor Fischer said the Ohio River Bridges Project is called a mega-project for a reason.
“It’s a big project. You know not only the new construction, but the effect on the existing highways as well,” he said.
This month, a lane of Interstate 65 South will be shut down until 2016. Also, the ramp from I-64 East to 65 South will close down. Drivers are already anticipating the congestion.
“It’s always a concern,” Youlanda Coleman said. “That’s when accidents happen and, you know, people want to get back and forth to work so, I’m sure it’s a concern.”
There’s no doubt it’ll be unpleasant, Mayor Fischer acknowledges that. But, he said the traffic pains are a necessary evil.
“People will figure it out, human beings are adaptable, it’s going to be a little frustrating from time to time, but just plan ahead,” he said.