TRAFFIC UPDATE: Weekend closures on southbound I-65 lanes begin tonight


Repairs on the Kennedy Bridge will resume with some weekend lane closures beginning tonight, Friday, May 31.  Two of the three southbound lanes of I-65 will be affected.  The work is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday and continue through 5 a.m. Monday.   Rain and storms could delay the start of the work.  However, all lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Weekend closures are as follows:

The right two lanes of I-65 South will be closed from just north of the Kennedy Bridge in Jeffersonville, Ind., to the far south end of the bridge in downtown Louisville. Southbound traffic will be limited to one lane.

The entrance ramp from Court Avenue in Jeffersonville to southbound I-65 will be closed during the weekend work.

All lanes and exit ramps at the south end of the Kennedy Bridge will remain open. The Exit 0 ramp from southbound I-65 to West Market Street in Jeffersonville will be open.

Walsh Construction, the design-build team building the Downtown Crossing, is doing the work as part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes improvements to the Kennedy Bridge. Crews are making structural steel repairs and adding new steel cover plates.  The new plates will be positioned and secured to the bridge using high strength bolts.  A hydraulic crane will be used to hoist the plates in place.

Repairs started the weekend of May 10-13.  The work is scheduled to be completed over the next two weekends, May 31-June 3 and June 7-10.