LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After being closed since January for improvement work to its deck, the Kennedy Bridge is set to reopen to traffic. Drivers will find some major changes to the traffic flow.
Mindy Peterson, spokeswoman for the Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing, said the Kennedy will be carrying five lanes of traffic southbound from Indiana into Kentucky by 5 a.m. Monday, October 10.
With the reopening of the Kennedy, two of three ramps that had been closed from I-65 south will also be reopening. Starting Monday morning drivers coming into Kentucky will be able to use the ramps from I-65 South to I-64 East and I-71 North. The third ramp, which goes from I-65 South to I-64 West, will remain closed several more weeks to complete additional work.
With the reopening of the Kennedy and the shift of southbound traffic to that span, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge will be carrying northbound traffic only. Since it's opening in December 2015 the Lincoln had been carrying both northbound and southbound traffic across the Ohio River.
Five of the six lanes on the Kennedy will be open to traffic. The far right lane will remain closed, while the next two lanes will allow traffic to reach the I-64 and I-71 ramps. The middle driving lane will traffic to use the Jefferson Street/Brook Street exit in Downtown Louisville. The two left lanes of the Kennedy Bridge will carry traffic continuing to I-65 South.
Over the weekend, crews will be doing the final work necessary for the Monday morning changes. Because of that, the following closures will be in place:
- Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South
- Ramp from I-64 West to I-65 South
- Ramp from I-71 South to I-65 South
- Ramp from I-65 South to Jefferson Street/Brook Street
- One lane of I-65 South from the Lincoln Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard
- One lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to the Lincoln Bridge
Those closures begin around 9 p.m. Friday and will end by 5 a.m. Monday.