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Know Before You Go: Week of May 19

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The following closures and lane restrictions are expected the rest of this week in connection with construction on the Downtown and East End Crossings. Allow extra driving time in these areas. 

Downtown Crossing:

Kentucky Side:

Louisville Streets:

  • Frankfort Avenue between Story Avenue and River Road is scheduled to be closed through Monday, May 26 for work in the area. Local access will be available between Story Avenue and Washington Street.
  • Witherspoon Street from Louisville Slugger Field to Clay Street is scheduled to be closed through Friday, May 16 for work in the area. A signed detour is in place.
  • Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Preston Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 17 to set beams.
  • One lane of Preston Street from Jefferson Street to Liberty Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 31 for bridge work.
  • One lane of Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 31 for bridge work.
  • Two lanes of Main Street between Hancock Street and Jackson Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 31 for bridge work.
  • Two lanes of Market Street between Preston Street and Floyd Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 31 for bridge work.

Work Scheduled for This Week:

Louisville Streets:

Work scheduled to begin Saturday, May 17:

  • One lane of Floyd Street from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Liberty Street is scheduled to be closed Saturday, May 17 for bridge work.
  • One lane of Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Preston Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, May 31 for bridge work.

Work scheduled to begin Monday, May 19 on Interstates:

  • One lane of I-71 North from I-64 to Frankfort Avenue is scheduled to close overnight Monday, May 19-Thursday, May 22 to prepare for demolition work. It's expected to close around 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. each day.
  • One lane of I-71 South from Beargrass Creek to I-64 is scheduled to close overnight Monday, May 19-Thursday, May 22 for pile driving. It's expected to close around 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. each day.

Work scheduled for Thursday, May 22:

  • Rolling closures are expected project-wide Thursday, May 22 for pothole patching. Work is scheduled 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Louisville Streets:

Work scheduled to begin Monday, May 19:

  • Hancock Street from Main Street to Washington Street is scheduled to be closed Monday, May 19-Saturday, May 31 for demolition work in the area. A signed detour will be in place.

Continuing Closures and Restrictions:

Kentucky Side:

  • The ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South closed July 15, 2013 and is expected to be closed through the spring of 2016.
  • I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Witherspoon Street has been reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two, with the right lane a mandatory exit to Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The lane reduction is expected to continue into 2015.
  • The right lane of I-65 South from the Jefferson Street ramp to Muhammad Ali Boulevard closed July 15, 2013 and is expected 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.
  • Missouri Avenue is closed between Court Avenue and S. Clark Boulevard for extensive utility work in the area. It's expected to remain closed into July 2014.
  • Lane restrictions are in place on the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge. Traffic is reduced to one lane on US 31-South and US 31-North from just south of Court Avenue to the bridge. The restrictions are expected to be in place until early July, when the Clark Memorial Bridge is scheduled to close for about six weeks.
  • 9th Street from Indiana Avenue to just west of I-65 is closed for storm sewer work. It's expected to reopen in late May.
  • Drivers on I-65 North taking Exit 0 into downtown Jeffersonville will not be able to turn left onto Court Avenue because of ongoing road work in the area. The change is expected to be in place into next week. A signed detour is in place.

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.

East End Crossing Information:

Indiana: Blasting schedule for week of May 19, 2014

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 May 19, 2014. These blasts will NOT require traffic stops this week.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 4:30 p.m.

Blasting will also take place in Indiana in some fields, just north of the blasting location above – – the future site of the SR 265 extension. These blasts do NOT require traffic stops.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.

Blasting will also occur on Brookhollow Road between the Boulder Creek and Brookhollow subdivisions. These blasts do NOT require traffic stops.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 3 p.m.

Kentucky Side:

Kentucky: Blasting schedule for week of May 19, 2014

May 15, 2014 – Blasting to prepare for the new tunnel in the east end of Louisville is scheduled to occur during the week of May 19, 2014.

Surface Blasting: Surface blasting, which began in June 2013 in the east end of Louisville near the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 841, requires traffic stops. Surface blasting 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.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.

Tunnel Blasting: Underground tunnel blasting, which began in January 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 will be:

  • Monday, May 19, at about 6:45 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 6:45 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 6:45 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 6:45 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 6:45 a.m. and again at about 5 p.m.

Surface Blasting will also take place at the north portal of the tunnel. The north portal is located in the vicinity of Shadow Wood Lane and Shadow Wood Drive. Prior to each blast, traffic must be stopped for five to twenty minutes for the safety of the workers and the traveling public.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 3 p.m.

Surface Blasting is also scheduled to occur near the intersection of Springdale Road and Wolf Pen Branch Road. The surface blasting at this location began in April 2014. 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 Springdale Road at the Green Spring Drive intersection, and on Wolf Pen Branch Road from Wolfpen Woods Drive to Green Spring Drive.

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

  • Monday, May 19, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 21, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 22, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 23, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:30 p.m.

NOTE: A message will be posted on the project web site 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.

Information provided by the Ohio River Bridges Downtown & East End Crossings.