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Snow Going: Can I-65's Big Squeeze handle a big freeze?

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - "Big Squeeze" or no, more than 125,000 cars and trucks go to and from Interstate 65's Kennedy Bridge every day.

Traffic clogs, even when the skies are clear.

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"Utter chaos when it snows," New Albany resident Bridget Anderson said.

It hasn't snowed since the Ohio River Bridges Project reduced the number of through lanes off the Kennedy on Indiana's side. But Anderson, as well as Louisville resident Vachal Hudson, dread the day they'll have to cross after a snow or freeze.

"We already wake up an hour or two early to go to work," Hudson said. "And they still drive crazy."

Considering that a 1.5-mile trek on I-65 south between Eastern Boulevard and the Kennedy took eight minutes Friday thanks to a wreck on the bridge itself, Hudson wonders what'll happen when the pavement gets icy.

"For the most part, drivers may not know how to deal with it," he said.

Added Anderson: "You don't have to worry about people cutting you off (where the Big Squeeze forks), But if there's a wreck, or a salt truck, what happens then?"

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield said there shouldn't be any problems.

"It will not impact our ability to get through," he said. "If a semi-truck can get through our plow trucks can as well."

INDOT's Falls City sub-district has been calibrating its truck loads the past couple days. It already has spread brine from the Kennedy, through the construction zone and past the connector to I-265 at exit 6.

"This is the area the first place that we'll go," Wingfield said.

Occasionally, INDOT has blocked lanes to give its crews room to maneuver. But the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it won't close lanes at the Kennedy or at Spaghetti Junction.

"It's gonna be kind of hectic, getting them between small lanes," Hudson said.

"We essentially will be throwing the snow up over the concrete barriers into the work zone," Wingfield said. "There will not be (construction) crews working on site until it's safe for our crews to do so."

Anderson said she wonders about the lane shifts on I-65 north between Lewis & Clark Parkway and Veterans Parkway, where crews have closed stretches for repairs.

"If you can't see the line, how are you gonna know which lane is which?" she asked.

Wingfield maintains that INDOT will keep the pavement clear.

"You just gotta think of it smart," Hudson said.

Anderson said she may leave the driving to TARC.

"From Oldham County, I can take one bus to downtown and one bus across the Second Street Bridge," she said. "And free wi-fi all the way."

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