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Multiple construction projects have drivers seeing orange

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Ken Fabian Ken Fabian
Andrea Clifford Andrea Clifford

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Orange may be one of the colors of fall, but right now, it's also the main color in our commute. It seems like everywhere you turn, you run into a construction project. 

The Ohio River Bridges Project is certainly part of it and we're going to just have to get used to that construction. As for the rest, hopefully, the construction season is winding down. 

Ken Fabian's livelihood depends on people getting around on foot. He owns the shoe company on Preston Street downtown. Roadblocks people experience driving to his store right now are hurting him. 

"Sometimes they block the whole thing off, and then they'll block the other thing off," Fabian said. "It does take our parking over here." 

Located a half block down from where crews are working to expand Interstate 65 for the new downtown bridge, Fabian says a summer's worth of construction has left his skies anything but sunny. 

"A lot of people do think we're tore down because of all the construction they are doing," said Fabian. 

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said warm summer months and road construction projects go hand in hand. 

"We do have a lot of projects going on right now, not so much more this summer than any other summer," Clifford said. 

But the bridges project - and all of the detours and closures that come along with it - brings more orange barrels than we're used to. 

"With the East End bridge, I think a lot of people thought they'd be building the bridge out in the water and it's not going to affect us," said Clifford, "but the contractor already is working on the approaches to the bridge, so there's work that's affecting U.S. 42 and the Snyder Freeway." 

While Fabian and the rest of us are dealing with the inconvenience, Clifford said to remember that there's a season for everything. 

"I believe in a few months when we have snow falling and ice on the roads, they'll probably think they'd rather have the construction cones," she said. 

Clifford said a lot of the resurfacing projects will end in the next month or two because many of the contracts have a November completion deadline. But there are some projects and closures that are just starting. To check out the issues you might find along your drive, click here

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