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Part of I-65 will be closed for 48 days beginning Tuesday; here's what you need to know

Officials say the closure will allow crews to make repairs on a bridge that was damaged when a coil of steel fell off a semitrailer in March 2022.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you're driving into Louisville from southern Indiana, you might want to pay attention.

Starting Tuesday, July 5 at 10 p.m., part of Interstate 65 south will be closed for 48 days according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

Once you cross the Kennedy Bridge, you'll be diverted onto the Jefferson Street ramp.

You can then merge back onto the interstate just north of "Hospital Curve."

KYTC says the closure will allow crews to make repairs on a bridge that was damaged when a coil of steel fell off a semitrailer in March 2022.

"That impact of that steel actually damaged the beams underneath the roadway and the only way to replace them is to take the roadway off the top, peel it off," Spokesman Jim Hannah said. "It's not just something you can go to the hardware store and pick up, or sitting in a warehouse."

Other possible closures are:

  • I-64 East ramp to I-65 North for the Abraham Lincoln Bridge.
  • I-64 East at the I-65 South overpass at mile point 5.4.
  • I-65 North ramp to I-64 West.
  • I-65 South ramp to I-64 East and I-71 North.

These closures can possibly be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. Fridays to 6 a.m. Mondays.

KYTC warns lane closures are also possible on East Witherspoon Street under the highways.

In the case of inclement weather or other delays, KYTC says the closure and repairs may take longer.

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