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Pedestrians not able to cross from Indiana to Louisville due to closures

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The sidewalks on the Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed as the latest phase of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The sidewalks on the Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed as the latest phase of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Joan Siewart Joan Siewart
Mindy Peterson Mindy Peterson
Dana Gumm Dana Gumm

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Starting March 10, there will be no way pedestrians can get from southern Indiana to Louisville or vice versa. The sidewalks on the Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed as the latest phase of the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The closures are expected to last through July. In late May it will not only impact walkers and runners, but drivers too because the bridge will be off limits to all traffic for six weeks.

"I'll be glad when all the construction is done," said Jeffersonville resident Joan Siewart.

While most drivers can relate to Siewart, soon those on foot will also start to feel the pain.

"It is going to impact pedestrians and its something we wish we were able to avoid that impact, but we are just at that point in the project- this is a very aggressive time schedule for completing this project," said Mindy Peterson with the Ohio River Bridges Project.

The immediate work will begin on the Indiana approach as the ramp will shrink from four lanes to two.

"Once drivers get onto the bridge, they have all four lanes available and they also have all four lanes available on the Kentucky side," said Peterson.

That's expected to last until late May, but then the entire bridge will close to all traffic for six weeks. The sidewalks will remain off limits as crews will work to carefully dismantle the historic pylons and limestone wall. They will be incorporated into the newly constructed bridge approach.

All the construction isn't good news for distance runners like Dana Gumm who are in the middle of training for the Derby Marathon.

"I do know that it will be more difficult for pedestrians and runners that are out training," said Gumm.

She prefers to run on the Big Four Bridge and is getting used to turning around on the Indiana side.

"For today's run I'm running six miles and I've run down and back three times," said Gumm.

The Indiana ramp is now slated to open mid May. Until then pedestrians will be stuck on one side of the river.

"When these plans were made months and months and months ago we fully anticipated that the Indiana ramp to the Big Four Bridge would be open," said Peterson.

As for bicyclists, they will still be able to cross on the Clark Memorial Bridge up until it closes, but they will need to prepare to merge with traffic on the approach. Peterson said there will be plenty of signs, but knows it will be busy.  

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