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Improvements seen in traffic flow one week into Sherman Minton Bridge closure

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The more than 80,000 cars that used to cross the Sherman Minton Bridge are now using the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges.

On Monday, people were still struggling to get to work on time, caught in the bumper-to-bumper traffic from the bridge closure.  As WDRB's Gilbert Corsey spoke with drivers on Friday, they said the commute became a little lighter each day, until finally Friday morning it was a drive that was almost normal.

Transportation leaders on both sides of the river say the traffic plan in place right now is working.  Just Friday morning, the expansion of the I-265 ramps at I-64 and I-65 was completed.

Midweek, we learned that more people needed to use the Second Street Bridge.  That has ended up lightening the load, especially with the bridge becoming three lanes southbound from Indiana during the morning rush.

Officials closed the ramp from I-64 west that normally accesses I-65.

Meanwhile, police on both sides of the river are directing traffic on surface streets as the 80,000 drivers that once used the Sherman Minton Bridge find new routes.

Indiana transportation officials say construction teams are on the Sherman Minton trying to isolate and stabilize the crack so engineers can continue their investigation.  They are looking to see if there are any more cracks in the bridge so they can determine whether they should be repaired or if the bridge should be replaced.

Officials expect to have answers in about two weeks.

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