TRAFFIC UPDATE: Upcoming Downtown Crossing Work and the Impact on Traffic

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JULY 3, 2013 –

I-65 South:  The narrowing of I-65 South from 3 lanes to 2 lanes from the Jefferson Street ramp to Muhammad Ali.  The reduction will begin the night of July 15, with the right lane of I-65 South closed through 2016.

Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South closes:  The ramp is expected to close the night of July 15 and will remain closed until 2016 (1,000 days).  The closure is necessary to maintain the flow of traffic on I-64, I-65 and I-71 as crews work to rebuild the Kennedy Interchange.  The detour for through traffic is I-264 West. 

One-night closures next week to prepare for the ramp closure: 

Monday, July 8:
The left lane of I-65 South from the Kennedy Bridge to Muhammad Ali will be closed from 9 p.m. on Monday, July 8 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9.

The left lane of I-65 North from Muhammad Ali to the Kennedy Bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. on Monday, July 8 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9.

 
Tuesday, July 9:
The left lane of the ramp from I-64 West to I-65 South will be closed from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

The right lane of I-65 South at the Jefferson Street exit ramp and the left lane of the exit ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

 
Kennedy Bridge inspections:  Crews are planning to inspect the Kennedy Bridge from July 15-July 26.   All work will be done in the outside lanes and most of the work will be completed in off-peak hours.  Walsh Construction will be inspecting the Kennedy to finalize design plans for the redecking work in 2016.  Crews will be inspecting southbound lanes one week and northbound lanes the other week.  

Driving piles for new I-65 South bridges/overpasses:  This work is expected to begin around July 15 near the Slugger Field lot north of Main Street.  Work areas include Main, Market and Jefferson.  The work is expected to close some sidewalks and parking lanes and may lead to some lane restrictions.  Work will continue on retaining walls on the west side of I-65 through the first half of 2014.

Equipment is moving on site:  A large amount of equipment, including barge mounted cranes and permanent steel casing (31 feet long and 12 feet in diameter) is moving into the area.  Being delivered now are some of the building blocks for the piers.  There will be a lot of activity on both sides of the river and on the Ohio River.  We ask drivers to stay focused on the road and not to be distracted by the work being done.  They’ll soon be able to watch the progress being made on one of six construction webcams being installed.