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First responders come up with plan to cope with 'Big Squeeze'

The Big Squeeze has first responders coming up with a plan of attack to safely and quickly get to all emergencies. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Big Squeeze has first responders coming up with a plan of attack to safely and quickly get to all emergencies. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
On Tuesday Jeffersonville and Clarksville first responders met to talk about current lane closures. (Source: WAVE 3 News) On Tuesday Jeffersonville and Clarksville first responders met to talk about current lane closures. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Jeffersonville Fire Department Chief Eric Hedrick (Source: WAVE 3 News) Jeffersonville Fire Department Chief Eric Hedrick (Source: WAVE 3 News)
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The Big Squeeze has first responders coming up with a plan of attack to safely and quickly get to all emergencies.

First responders in southern Indiana are continuing to meet to discuss the best way to get to emergency calls near the Kennedy Bridge. They know with the change of construction plans must be flexible and they are asking drivers to do their part and pay extra close attention as they drive through the area on Interstate 65.

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"One of our biggest obstacles to respond to an incident is going to be the actual back up of traffic in the area," said Jeffersonville Fire Department Chief Eric Hedrick.

Hedrick says they will continue to talk with Walsh Construction about different emergency access points. Hedrick says one answer both groups have come up with is to let emergency vehicles use the construction zones. 

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"I think being able to respond parallel to the incident in the construction area should be a big help," said Hedrick.

On Tuesday Jeffersonville and Clarksville first responders met to talk about current lane closures. Soon both directions on I-65 from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown's Station Way will go from three lanes to two. 

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Hedrick knows they are going to have to get use to it and says some congestion could turn out to be a good thing.

"We're hoping that drivers slow down through the construction area and we don't have as many incidents as we may have now just because of the slower traffic," he said.

Walsh is working with first responders to put up visible markers along the construction route, so when there is an emergency the location is clear.

"If you are involved in an incident and you call it in, please try to gain as much information as you can as far as where it is at, what direction, and the closest marker that you're to," Hedrick said.

First responders in southern Indiana and Walsh Construction will continue to meet on a weekly basis to make sure this transition is as smooth as possible. 

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