Louisville, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2015) – New ramps are opening in Downtown Louisville as crews with Walsh Construction continue to make progress on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. The new ramps will mean some significant traffic changes for drivers, but should help relieve some of the congestion seen in the afternoon for traffic heading east and north out of Downtown.
Drivers should always slow down in construction zones, but especially during the first few days of the transition as they adjust to the changes.
New Ramp From I-65 South to I-64 East/I-71 North
Drivers will be traveling on a new ramp as they make their way over the Kennedy Bridge on I-65 South to either I-64 East or I-71 North. Drivers will access the new ramp near the same point, but will notice a significant change in how they access the two interstates.
Drivers will now split to the left to access I-64 East and right to access I-71 North. The old configuration was opposite for drivers. Signage will be in place, clearly marking the new route.
Change for Drivers Accessing I-71 North from I-64 East
A new, temporary route will also mean a significant change for drivers accessing I-71 North from I-64 East. This change will impact drivers already on I-64 East or accessing I-64 East from Downtown Louisville.
Previously, I-64 East traffic has split to the right to access I-71 North. Drivers will now travel farther to the east before splitting to the left to access I-71 North. The change means drivers wanting to go north will need to be in the left lane of I-64.
The new path will give crews with Walsh Construction needed room for additional construction in the area. The changes are temporary, with traffic in this area expected to move to its final configuration in late October.
The new ramps mean traffic heading from I-65 will have a dedicated path to access I-64 East and I-71 North, adding separation from drivers on I-64 East. The move should help alleviate some of the heavy congestion seen during the afternoons over the past several weeks for drivers traveling east and north out of Downtown Louisville.
Drivers are expected to see even more improvement by the end of October when traffic moves into its final configuration.
Both changes are expected to be in place by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2.
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