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Know Before You Go: Week of January 13 UPDATED

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As work continues on both the downtown and east end bridges, traffic will continue to be affected in numerous areas.  Here's a list of the latest impacts on traffic as a result of the work.

There has been a major update to traffic restrictions on the Indiana side of the new East End Bridge. Traffic changes include:

Indiana: Port Road traffic shifted west:  (Preparation for the shift will be Wednesday, January 15 and the actual shift will be completed Thursday, January 16.)  Port Road traffic will be shifted west to the current southbound lanes in the vicinity of Centennial Blvd. and the SR 265 and SR 62 interchange. There will be no closures, merely a shift in the traffic lanes.  Even during "normal" rush-hour conditions, traffic can get very congested in this area; and there is a four-way stop at Port Road & Middle Road that often gets backed up during a typical rush hour.  Therefore, with this lane shift, motorists should anticipate delays and allow at least 10 extra minutes during rush hour commutes. This arrangement will last about a year.

Indiana: Westbound lanes of SR 265 in vicinity of SR 62 interchange shifted Jan. 15 – March 2014:  (Preparation for this shift will occur Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 & 16.)  The shift will be complete Thursday afternoon.  The current westbound lanes of SR 265 will be shifted with traffic utilizing newly constructed crossovers lanes enabling westbound travelers to use a portion of the eastbound lanes.  All eastbound and westbound traffic will use the current eastbound lanes. 

Indiana: Ramp from northbound SR 62 to westbound SR 265 to change Jan. 15 – March 2014: (Preparation for this change will occur Wednesday, January 15 completed Thursday, January 16.)  There will be a slight detour for motorists going from northbound SR 62 to westbound SR 265.  They will still take the same exit ramp off of SR 62, but once they exit they will notice a sign the redirects them slightly.  At the end of this ramp, they can enter SR 265 with the assistance of a traffic light.

Key points for these changes:

 On Wednesday and Thursday, anticipate occasional delays and be watchful for construction workers and their equipment as they prepare for the traffic lane shifts.   

 Beginning Thursday, when all lane shifts are completed, drivers should allow an extra 10 minutes for their commutes during rush hour.  They may, after several days, decide that the extra 10 minutes are not necessary (or they may decide they need more extra time) after they have the opportunity to assess the traffic patterns and possible delays.

With the additional activities and changes, motorists are encouraged to use caution … drive within the speed limit … observe the signs … anticipate slowed or stopped traffic … and watch for workers and their vehichle.

Other work currently underway:

Louisville Streets:

  • Floyd Street from Liberty Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard is scheduled to be closed through Monday, January 27 for abutment work.
  • The right lane of westbound Witherspoon Street from River Road to Adams Street is scheduled to be closed through Friday, January 31 for work on a retaining wall.
  • Lane restrictions are expected on Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Clay Street through Monday, January 13 for micro piling. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction.
  • The right lane and right parking lane on eastbound Market Street from Jackson Street to Hancock Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, January 18 for work on a retaining wall.
  • The right lane and right parking lane on Preston Street from Market Street to Liberty Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, January 25 for abutment work.
  • The left lane and both parking lanes on Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Preston Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, January 25 for abutment work.
  • The right lane and left lane of Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, February 1 for piling and abutment work.
  • The left lane of Jackson Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, February 1 for work on a retaining wall.

Work scheduled to begin Monday, January 13:

  • Adams Street from Campbell Street to Cabel Street is scheduled to be closed Monday, January 13-Monday, January 20, with access to local traffic only.
  • Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Clay is scheduled to be closed Monday, January 13-Monday, January 27 for micro piling.

Continuing Closures and Restrictions:

Kentucky Side:

  • The ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South closed July 15 and is scheduled to be closed through the spring of 2016.
  • The right lane of I-65 South from the Jefferson Street ramp to Muhammad Ali Boulevard closed July 15 and is scheduled to be closed through 2016.

Indiana Side:

  • Broadway Street has closed from Court Avenue to 6th Street. This includes the closure of the 6th Street ramp to I-65 North. These are permanent closures.
  • 7th Street has closed from Missouri Avenue to Broadway Street. This is a permanent closure.
  • VFW Boulevard has closed from 7th Street to 9th Street. This is a permanent closure.
  • US 31-South (Exit Ramp 1) from Brown Station Way to Stansifer Avenue has been reduced to two lanes.
  • US 31-South, in the area just south of Stansifer Avenue, has been reduced to one lane. Vehicles are still able to exit onto 10th Street.
  • The northbound collector distributor ramp in Jeffersonville has been reduced to one lane between 10th Street and Stansifer Avenue. The closure will be in place through late 2015.

The actual starting date and duration for the work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur. Also, given the aggressive overall construction schedule for the project, Walsh DBT may shift work schedules when opportunities arise. Find all of the latest traffic information at www.kyinbridges.com.

Kentucky: Blasting schedule for week of Jan. 13

Jan. 8, 2013 – Blasting to prepare for the new tunnel in the east end of Louisville is scheduled to occur near the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 841 during the week of January 13.

The dates and approximate times (within 15 minutes) will be:

  • Monday, January 13, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 14, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 16, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 17, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 18, at about 12 p.m. noon (TENTATIVE)

Prior to each blast, traffic must be stopped for five to twenty minutes for the safety of the workers and the traveling public. Traffic stops during the blasts will occur on KY 841 between Wolf Pen Branch Road and U.S. 42, and on U.S. 42 between Wolf Pen Branch Road and Bridgepointe Boulevard. In the event of unfavorable weather or other unforeseen activities, blast times may occasionally change.

NOTE: A message will be posted on the project website at www.kyinbridges.com Thursday of each week regarding the anticipated blasting schedule for the following week. Pre-blast surveys are ongoing; no blasting will occur within 500 feet of any residence prior to the completion of a pre-blast survey for that residence.

Indiana: Blasting schedule for week of Jan. 13

Jan. 8, 2013 – Blasting to prepare for the East End Crossing is scheduled to occur in Indiana on Utica-Sellersburg Road, near the Brookhollow subdivision. Prior to each blast in this location, traffic must be stopped for five to twenty minutes for the safety of the workers and the traveling public. Traffic stops during the blasts will occur on Utica-Sellersburg Road between Shadowbrook Lane and Surrey Road.

The dates and approximate times (within 15 minutes) will be:

  • Monday, January 13, at about 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 14, at about 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15, at about 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 15, at about 4 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15, at about 4 p.m.

Indiana: Port Road traffic shifted west Jan. 15 – March 2014: Port Road traffic will be shifted west to the current southbound lanes in the vicinity of Centennial Blvd. and the SR 265 and SR 62 interchange. This arrangement will likely continue for approximately one year.

Indiana: Westbound lanes of SR 265 closed Jan. 15 – March 2014: The current westbound lanes of SR 265 will be closed with traffic utilizing newly constructed crossovers. All eastbound and westbound traffic will use the current eastbound lanes.

Indiana: Ramp from northbound SR 62 to westbound SR 265 closed Jan. 15 – March 2014: The ramp from northbound SR 62 to westbound 265 will be closed. A detour will be in place for traffic to access westbound SR 265 from northbound SR 62.

Weather and unforeseen delays could postpone or cancel any of the above mentioned restrictions. For a daily list of construction and traffic related activities to the Kentucky Indiana Bridges Project website at kyinbridges.com and tune to WAVE 3 News Sunrise for the latest traffic updates.

Information provided by the Ohio River Bridges Project.

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