MAP: Police release Thunder Over Louisville traffic plan

MAP: Police release Thunder Over Louisville traffic plan
Thunder Over Louisville is Saturday, April 23.
This map shows the express routes away from Waterfront Park on Saturday night. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
This map shows the express routes away from Waterfront Park on Saturday night. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Clark Memorial Bridge – also known as the Second Street Bridge -- will close after rush hour Friday morning so crews can begin setting up all the fireworks for Thunder Over Louisville.

The bridge won't reopen until Sunday afternoon.

Police are expecting a crowd of up to 800,000 at the waterfront on Saturday.

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Wednesday, officials laid out the plan to get everyone home as quickly as possible.There are three express routes that will take drivers east, west or south. Find the full list of closures and times below. The best bet is for people to find their route home and then park along one of those streets.

Police suggest visitors arrive early and be patient. Thunder is one of the largest annual fireworks shows in North America.

The 2018 Thunder Over Louisville interstate and street closures are as followed:

  • Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge)
    • Thursday, April 19, 2018: 9:30 am to Midnight
    • Friday, April 20, 2018: All day
    • Saturday, April 21, 2018: All day
    • Sunday, April 22, 2018: Midnight to 2 pm
  • 10 am (Friday, April 20, 2018) – 2 pm (Sunday, April 22, 2018)
    • River Road from Bingham Way to Sixth Street
    • Bingham Way from Joe’s Crab Shack/Witherspoon Street to River Road
  • 1 pm (Friday, April 20, 2018) – 9 am (Sunday, April 22, 2018)
    • Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Brook Street
    •  Floyd Street at Washington Street closed (only open to residents)
    • River Road from Preston Street to Witherspoon Street
  • 10 pm (Friday, April 20, 2018) – 9 am (Sunday, April 22, 2018)
    • Ramp from westbound Interstate 64 to Third Street (no turn on River Road)
    • Ramp from Second Street to eastbound Interstate 64
  • 8 am (Saturday, April 21, 2018) – 1 am (Sunday, April 22, 2018)
    • Second Street from Main Street to River Road (local access to local garages only)
  • 9 am (Saturday, April 21, 2018) – 1 am (Sunday, April 22, 2018) (Local traffic and pass traffic will be allowed provided there are no pedestrian safety issues.)
    • River Road from Witherspoon Street to Preston Street
    • Frankfort Avenue from River Road to Story Ave. (local and Tow Lot traffic only)
    • Witherspoon Street from Brook Street to Second Street
    • Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Adams Street
    • Washington Street from First Street to Second Street
    • Preston Street from Washington Street to Witherspoon Street
    • Floyd Street from Washington Street to Witherspoon Street
    • Brook Street from Washington Street to Witherspoon Street
    • First Street from Washington Street to Witherspoon Street
    • Second Street from Main Street to River Road
    • Third Street from Main Street to River Road (access will be allowed to parking garages)
  • Noon – midnight: (Saturday, April 21, 2018)
    • Main Street from Fourth Street to Seventh Street
  • 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm: (Saturday, April 21, 2018)
    • Ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to Interstate 65 northbound
  • 8:30 pm: (Saturday, April 21, 2018) – 1 am (Sunday, April 22, 2018)
    • Market Street from Fourth Street to 10th Street will be reversed from eastbound traffic to westbound traffic
  • 8:30 pm – end of night (Saturday, April 21, 2018)
    • Third Street from Jefferson Street to Broadway will be one way southbound
  • 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm (Saturday, April 21, 2018)
    • Interstate 65 northbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to Interstate 64
    • Interstate 65 southbound from Interstate 265 (Indiana) to Interstate 64
    • Interstate 64 westbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to 22nd Street
    • Interstate 64 eastbound from Interstate 264 (Shawnee Expressway) to Interstate 65
    • Interstate 71 southbound from Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) to Interstate 65

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