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Interstate, bridge lane closures begin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Bridge deck repairs will be causing delays to traffic on the Kennedy Bridge.

The Department of Highways announced lane closures that began on the bridge at 8 p.m. Thursday will continue to the end of July.

During the construction the following lanes will be closed:

  • The exit ramp from eastbound I-64 to northbound I-65 in Kentucky
  • The exit ramp from southbound I-65 to Market Street in Indiana
  • The entrance ramp from Court Avenue to southbound I-65 in Indiana

One lane of traffic on the bridge will be closed in each direction during the project. 

In addition, for 10 days beginning at 8 p.m. on June 24 exit ramps from southbound I-65 to eastbound I-64/northbound I-71 and westbound I-64 will be closed. 

For 15 days also beginning at 8 p.m. on June 24 the exit ramps from northbound I-65 to eastbound I-64/northbound I-71 and westbound I-64 will be closed.

New technology should also help avoid the bridge from getting this bad again.

"It has a waterproofing membrane portion to it that's going to keep water from getting in an raveling out and forming those potholes over time," Clifford said.

But to reap the rewards,  be prepared to reap headaches.

In fact, prepare for a vanishing act:  the normal four lanes northbound, three lanes southbound are now a thing of the past.

"We will have two lanes open in each direction on the bridge but we're also going to have a lot of ramp closures associated with it as well," Clifford said.

With traffic trying to squeeze through less lanes, expect long back-ups for your commute.

The project is expected to wrap up in mid-August, but until then, be prepared for a lot of changes along the way.

"You will have times when you are traveling south and you'll cross over what is normally the northbound lanes," Clifford said.

You may also be forced to pick a lane before getting on the bridge, so pay attention to the signs.

Officials say the state signs are different than others, so messages from hackers like "HONK IF YOURE [SIC] HONRY" shouldn't be a problem.

"The cabinet itself is locked with a key and then once you are inside to change the message you have to know the password and type it into the keyboard and then type on that keyboard to change the message," Clifford said.

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