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Project officials encourage riding TARC, carpooling during bridge closure

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The Clark Memorial Bridge (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Clark Memorial Bridge (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Clark Memorial Bridge will close to all traffic and will remain shut down for 45 days beginning on Tuesday, July 8.

It's all part of the Ohio River Bridges project and is expected to cause significant back-ups. On July 8 at 12 a.m. the bridge will close and it is set to open back up before Labor Day weekend.

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If you normally use the Clark Memorial Bridge or even the Kennedy Bridge have you ever thought about taking the TARC bus or joining a carpool to get to work? The options are out there and highly suggested by TARC and Ohio River Bridges Project officials to try to trim some traffic volume from the heavily traveled roadways, especially in the next six weeks.

TARC buses cross the river on the Clark Memorial Bridge about 100 times a day, said J. Barry Barker, Executive Director, adding, "We'll detour all buses to the Kennedy Bridge during the closure. We'll monitor service and add buses to routes as needed to stay on schedule as much as possible."

Nearly 225,000 cars travel across the Ohio River on a daily basis using the Kennedy, Sherman Minton and Clark Memorial bridges. A little more than 25,000 of those cars use the Clark Memorial Bridge.

The majority of the bridge construction will happen on the Indiana approach. "We are reconfiguring how US 31 accesses Court Avenue and also accesses I-65," said Ohio River Bridges KYTC project manager Andy Barber.

To help ease the commute, on Tuesday TARC began a texting service to provide up-to-date information for passengers. By texting "TARC" to 40691, commuters receive updates about routes, detours, bus stop changes, lengthy delays and other information. Passengers can access codes to sign up for text alerts customized to the routes they ride by visiting www.ridetarc.org.

Another option for work commuters are vanpools in the Ticket to Ride program operated by the Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) in partnership with TARC.

For more information on vanpools and other options including finding carpool partners, visit www.tickettoride.org.

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