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Clark Memorial Bridge to reopen at midnight

A central connection between downtown Louisville and southern Indiana will soon reopen. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A central connection between downtown Louisville and southern Indiana will soon reopen. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Clark Memorial Bridge will reopen in time for the Friday morning commute. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Clark Memorial Bridge will reopen in time for the Friday morning commute. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
While that could mean increased traffic in downtown Jeffersonville, it won't mean increased foot traffic along the bridge. (Source: WAVE 3 News) While that could mean increased traffic in downtown Jeffersonville, it won't mean increased foot traffic along the bridge. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
KYTC Project Manager Andy Barber (Source: WAVE 3 News) KYTC Project Manager Andy Barber (Source: WAVE 3 News)
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A central connection between downtown Louisville and southern Indiana will soon reopen.

Project leaders with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction announced Thursday that the Clark Memorial Bridge will reopen in time for the Friday morning commute.

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"It looks like there's quite a bit more work that needs to be done," said Bryan Fraley, owner and operator of the Widow's Walk Ice Creamery & Bike a Rentals in Clarksville.

Fraley had been watching the Clark Memorial Bridge progress closely and said while a lack of access to the bridge has not hindered his bottom line, not being able to access the Second Street Bridge has created travel headaches.

“We actually had a 55 percent increase in revenue in the month of July alone," said Fraley. "The last time I rode my bike to Louisville, I did go across the Big Four Bridge but that is so heavily populated with pedestrians that it's hard for you to ride your bike around them.”

It's a problem the ice cream and bicycle enthusiast will be rid of at the stroke of midnight.

“It's really nice to be able to have good news and say that we are going to open it almost a week early,” said Walsh Construction Communications Manager Max Rowland.

After five weeks of construction, the Indiana entrance and exit ramps are just about ready to drive. The new flyover ramp between US 31 and northbound I-65—not so much.

"The work on the Indiana side will have to match up so that we open the new bridge in April 2016 and so far we're still on schedule," said Rowland.

“We're going to have to detour traffic around while they build that flyover," said KYTC Project Manager Andy Barber. "Traffic wishing to go north will be detoured onto Court Avenue and up Spring Street to access I-65 northbound that way.”

While that could mean increased traffic in downtown Jeffersonville, it won't mean increased foot traffic along the bridge.

"The sidewalks are not yet open. They'll be coming on later,” said Barber.

That does not worry Fraley.

“Not at all," said Fraley. "Most people that come here to rent our bikes, they come out here to enjoy the Ohio River Greenway.”

Project leaders said they are not yet sure when the sidewalks will be complete. As such, it is not yet clear when pedestrians will be welcomed back to the Clark Memorial Bridge.

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