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Clark Memorial Bridge work set to begin

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Sizeable chunks of concrete can be found chipped away in several parts of the sidewalk. Sizeable chunks of concrete can be found chipped away in several parts of the sidewalk.
The Clark Memorial or Second Street Bridge dates back to 1929. The Clark Memorial or Second Street Bridge dates back to 1929.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – One of Kentuckiana's oldest bridges is about to go under the knife. The Clark Memorial or Second Street Bridge dates back to 1929.

"We run it about three days a week," said J. Reas.

"You get awesome views of downtown Louisville and coming back into Jeffersonville," said Jimmy Robinson who also runs the bridge.

But what's not awesome are the sidewalks. The Clark Memorial is the only bridge open to pedestrians and its showing its age.

Sizeable chunks of concrete can be found chipped away in several parts of the sidewalk along with uneven pavement in spots.

There are also unexpected surprises that pop up out of nowhere, like a gap that you can easily slide your foot into.

"There are a few cracks up there but we just kind of go over the top of them," Reas said.

Running or walking over the cracks is one thing, but pedaling a bicycle can be a major obstacle when all of a sudden a huge elevated lip pops up out of nowhere.

"There's an uneven part of the sidewalk there," Robinson said.

"There are gaps in between the concrete where there are steel grates and rust and I make sure to step over that," James McCracken said.

Some are marked with caution cones, others are an unwelcome find.

"Someone new to running the bridge, they may trip and fall," Robinson said.

Some holes have been covered, this turned over stop sign has new life as a patch. The bent and rusting railing has also seen better days.

"It could be better, definitely," McCracken said.

And it will, starting next week and not just for pedestrians. Drivers who cross this bridge everyday will also see improvements.

A $1 million project will repave all four lanes of traffic and repair the jank sidewalks on the Indiana side. The Kentucky portion was repaired when the KFC Yum! Center opened.

The work does come with some growing pains, as traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for 60 days.

"Hopefully it doesn't tie up traffic and tie up both other bridges, but if they fix it, that's better for us," Robinson said.

Hall Contracting has been awarded the contract for the bridge, which like the Kennedy I-65 bridge, falls completely under Kentucky's responsibility, including the Indiana approach to the bridge.

The lane restrictions will last 24 hours a day for about two months straight, starting the week of January 14.

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