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Portion of Spaghetti Junction to close for column repairs

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Police working to shut down the roadway leading to the ramp in December. Police working to shut down the roadway leading to the ramp in December.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Deteriorated concrete and damaged steel rebar will cause crews to shut down a portion of Spaghetti Junction for the second time in two months.

According to Mindy Peterson, the spokesperson for the Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing, the ramp from Interstate 65 north to Interstate 64 west in Spaghetti Junction will close Saturday, February 1 at 7 a.m. to allow crews to repair one of the support columns.

Walsh Construction Company, the team building the Downtown Crossing, will remove deteriorated concrete, replace damaged steel rebar and pour a new layer of concrete around the column.

In December 2013 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews and Louisville Metro police shut down the same portion of Spaghetti Junction after receiving a call about a possible crack. Crews installed temporary shoring with steel beams to help take weight off of the damaged column.

KYTC is inspecting other columns in the Kennedy Interchange as a precautionary measure. The ramp is expected to be closed for a week during the repairs.

While the entire ramp the column in need of repairs supports will be torn down and replaced in 2015, KYTC decided to go ahead with the repairs to ensure stability. Peterson said the work is expected to begin in late January and will take less than a week to complete.

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