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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Drivers are dealing with day one of the Kennedy Bridge repair project. Work crews have begun resurfacing the 50-year-old bridge, and that means lane closures and traffic backups.
The disruptions are expected to last for six to eight weeks, and could be quite painful for motorists. The work officially began Thursday night, with crews closing off exits and shutting down lanes.
Drivers need to keep in mind that several ramps will close and then reopen during different phases of the project. The most important piece of advice is to, "Minimize their distractions when they're driving in the work zone," says Andrea Clifford of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "Make sure they're paying attention to the signs. We put them out there for a reason. So don't be, you know, fiddlin' with your cell phone or the radio as you're going into the work zone and make sure you're paying attention and watching for those lane shifts because they are going to be in place."
Clifford says generally traffic is worse on Monday than it is on Friday. Which means this first day of dealing with the traffic could be one of the best, for all its problems. That gives drivers something to look forward to on Monday.