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Cyclists say 2nd Street Bridge unsafe; Officials plan to fix problems

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- There's a reason Louisville cyclist John Mahorney says he tries to avoid the Clark Memorial Bridge.

"It's very frightening sometimes," says Mahorney.

He says driving on the actual road can be scary with cars sometimes traveling too fast.

"Riding on the sidewalk is another different kind of scary, so it's actually more dangerous sometimes to ride on the sidewalk than the roadways," says Mahorney.

In photos taken by WDRB, you can see cracks in sidewalk on the bridge, broken and rusty railings, and exposed rebar. That's not all.

"The Indiana side, the sidewalk is buckled, and in some places you can see the ground. You can see two stories down," says John Mahorney.

Officials with Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet says work was completed to the Kentucky side of the Clark Memorial Bridge last year, but they noticed the problems to the Indiana side long before the Sherman Minton bridge closed.

"We actually had plans to do the sidewalk repairs on the Clark Memorial Bridge the week that the Sherman Minton had gotten closed," says Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

That's not all. Take a drive on the Kennedy Bridge, and you can see lane dividing pylons knocked down that were placed on the bridge by the Indiana Department of Transportation to keep people from cutting over last minute to exit onto I-64 and I-71.

The ride is also anything but smooth with pothole problems. Andrea Clifford says fixing them is on the agenda.

"We have been working on design plans to do deck repair to that bridge," says Andrea Clifford.

With the Sherman Minton closed for at least an expected six months, that work is also on hold to prevent any lanes from having to be closed.

Officials say there's a chance they could start sidewalk repairs during the weekends on the Clark Memorial Bridge, before the Sherman Minton finally reopens.

"But repairs on the Kennedy are not going to happen until sometime next year. Most likely after Derby, late Spring or early summer," says Andrea Clifford.

As for the lane-dividing pylons on the Kennedy Bridge that have been knocked down, officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say they are working with Kentucky officials to come up with another way to separate that lane on the bridge.

They say they hope to have that new solution in place as soon as possible.

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