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Know Before You Go: Week of February 2

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The following streets will be affected by ongoing construction work on the downtown and east end bridges. Information is provided by the Ohio River Bridges Downtown and East End Crossings.

East End & Southern Indiana Traffic Changes:

Indiana: Traffic changes scheduled to begin Jan. 31: 

Port Road traffic shifted west:

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 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.

Westbound lanes of SR-265 in vicinity of SR-62 interchange shifted Jan. 31, 2014 - March 2014:

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.

The ramp from northbound SR-62 to westbound SR 265 to change Jan. 31, 2014 - March 2014:

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.

Indiana: Lane restrictions on SR-62 eastbound Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-7:

 There will be lane restrictions on SR-62 eastbound in Indiana in the vicinity of the SR-265 and SR-62 interchange Jan. 31- Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The lane restrictions will be in place for about a half mile in each direction of the interchange. Residents are asked to use caution and drive slowly when driving in the area during this time.

Indiana: Blasting schedule for week of Feb. 3:

Blasting to prepare for the East End Crossing is scheduled to occur in Indiana, just east of Utica, between the Ohio River and Salem Road during the week of February 3. There will NOT be any traffic stops for this blast.

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

•Monday, February 3, at about 4 p.m.

•Tuesday, February 4, at about 4 p.m.

•Wednesday, February 5, at about 4 p.m.

•Thursday, February 6, at about 4 p.m.

•Friday, February 7, at about 4 p.m.

 

Kentucky: Blasting schedule for week of Feb. 3:

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 February 3.

Tunnel Blasting: Underground tunnel blasting, which began Jan. 27, 2014, in the east end of Louisville near the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 841, does NOT require traffic stops. This blasting takes place Monday through Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. The noise from blasts may be noticeable, but the blasts pose no risk to the traveling public and local residents. Construction for the underground tunnel requires 24-hour work activities Monday through Saturday, and will continue throughout 2014.

The dates and approximate times for tunnel blasting the week of Feb. 3 will be:

•Monday, February 3, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

•Tuesday, February 4, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

•Wednesday, February 5, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

•Thursday, February 6, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

•Friday, February 7, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Surface Blasting: Surface blasting, which began in June 2013, does require traffic stops. Surface blasting also takes place Monday through Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. 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.

The dates and approximate times for surface blasting (within 15 minutes) the week of Feb. 3 will be:

•Monday, February 3, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

•Tuesday, February 4, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

•Wednesday, February 5, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

•Thursday, February 6, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

•Friday, February 7, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

•Saturday, February 8, at about 12 p.m. noon

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.