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Traffic woes cause commuter headaches

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The Kennedy Bridge is under more construction causing a bigger headache for commuters. The Kennedy Bridge is under more construction causing a bigger headache for commuters.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kennedy Bridge is under more construction causing a bigger headache for commuters.

 At first it was construction on 65 south that had traffic slowed, now it is the northbound lanes of the Kennedy Bridge that has the lane closures.  The lanes are closed so that inspections can be done on the bridge.  The inspections are part of finalizing design plans to re-deck the bridge in 2016.

Right now two lanes are closed, "and at times we may need to take a third lane there," said Mindy Peterson, Spokesperson for the Bridges Project.


Peterson said, "By 5 am on Monday, we will have at least 2 lanes open of I-65 North on the Kennedy Bridge and it may be even possible that we have three lanes open with only that far right outside lane closed, come Monday morning. "  
 
 Also happening Monday, the ramp from I-64 East to 65-North  will be closed, it will close at 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 o'clock the  following morning.  That will repeat, every night next week and possibly the week after. 

Beginning Sunday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will shut down the exit ramp from Westbound interstate 64 to Westbound Watterson Expressway.  The ramp will close for a week while crews replace pavement in the area.  That ramp will reopen a week from Monday, on July 29th, by 5a.m.

Commuter Natalie Bradford said, "If I go into labor during rush hour I just pray that I don't have the baby on the bridge."
 
She lives in Jeffersonville but is delivering her baby in Louisville.  She is planning an alternate route.  
 
"We bypass 65 altogether and come over 2nd street, through downtown and then get back on 64," said Bradford.  
 
Her boyfriend James Spillman is fed up with the construction problems. He said, "Commuting over here has been a headache because all the bridges, all the traffic, all the lane closures."

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