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Interstate ramp to close for 1,000 days as part of new bridge construction

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Source: Ohio River Bridges Project

LOUISVILLE, KY - The interstate ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South will close in two weeks and remain closed for up to 1,000 days. This is the only ramp closure for 2013 in connection with the new Downtown Crossing. 

The closure, scheduled for the night of July 8, is necessary to help maintain the flow of traffic on I-64, I-65 and I-71 as crews work to rebuild the Kennedy Interchange.   This ramp is the least used by drivers in the interchange, but keeping it open would add to traffic congestion and lengthen construction time for the project. 

Signs will go up this week, alerting drivers of the impending closure.  The suggested detour for through traffic is I-264 West (Shawnee Expressway).  Drivers seeking local access are advised to plan ahead and decide which surface streets will work best to reach their destinations.  Signage will advise drivers heading to downtown hospitals to use the 9th Street exit to Chestnut Street. 

Crews will be monitoring traffic flow during the ramp closure to determine if any adjustments are necessary.