LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Construction on the Kennedy Bridge is well underway, but it continues to evoke emotions and feelings from drivers who are forced to navigate through or around the project to try to get to their destinations.
"I'm confused and lost," said Andrew Jolivette, of Houston, Texas at a gas station on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.
That was the reaction from several people as that construction moves forward.
"It's kind of tough going from three lanes or four lanes down to one," said Randy Cline, of Kokomo, Indiana. "That's not a good plan in my opinion."
At noon Thursday, it took WAVE 3 23 minutes to travel on I-65 from the Brooks Street Exit, Exit 136 B, across the Kennedy Bridge to Indiana.
"It was very confusing on 65 going northbound," Cline said.
"All I want to do is get home. That's all I want to do right now," Marjorie Engle, of LaGrange, KY said as she tried to navigate through the construction detours.
There are various signs posted along I-65 northbound warning drivers of restrictions and closures. For some, it just is not enough. Jolivette said the signs were helpful. "I just ignored them."
Engle said, "They need to be done a little better, but I know they can't help that. So, you just deal with what's there."
Spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Andrea Clifford said, "A lot of it is people aren't paying attention and there's just not enough space to put one for every single entrance ramp on northbound 65. But, we do have multiple signs out there."
Engle had to make a second trip to Indiana as she tried to get home. "You're gonna have to go back to Indiana, go to 2nd Street and do a bunch of U-turns and go back across the other river," Engle said. "I don't know how. I mean, really, I'm not upset with anyone other than just myself trying to get home."
Jolivette said he had a plan after someone gave him directions to take the Watterson Expressway to I-71. "I'm going to find out or get lost, one or the other," he said.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said the I-65 southbound ramp to I-64 and I-71 is scheduled to reopen July 3. The I-65 northbound ramp is scheduled to reopen July 7.
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