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Sherman Minton Bridge lane closures begin Tuesday

Westbound lanes of the bridge will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on March 23.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you use the Sherman Minton Bridge to get to and from work, expect some road work from March 23 to April 19.

Construction on the bridge connecting Louisville to New Albany will begin in April, and officials said lane closures will start earlier for safety inspections.

The bridge's westbound lanes will be closed March 23 to April 1 from about 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastbound lanes will be closed April 6-18. Organizers said thanks to public input, they hope to keep impacts to motorists as minimal as possible.

"We're planning for four weeks of inspection, pre-construction activity," said Andrea Brady with the Sherman Minton Renewal Project. "Just so crews can get an idea of what the situation is on the bridge prior to construction starting."

Work will pause April 2-5 for Easter weekend. Inspection will be on both the upper and lower decks of the bridge.

Once inspections are over, the renewal project is expected to take more than a year. A timeline provided to WHAS11 in January shows four phases of construction.

Credit: WHAS11 Elle Smith

At that time, Brady said the project will cost a total of $137 million dollars, a 52% increase from the earliest construction estimate of $90 million. 

Brady said the the goal is to have work done completely by 2024. 

For more information on the project, click here.

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