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Lane closures on Kennedy Bridge, elsewhere run this weekend

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A number of weekend lane and ramp closures involve the Gene Snyder Freeway, Interstate 71, and the Kennedy Bridge.  It's all in some ways tied into the Ohio River Bridges Project.

Indiana Department of Transportation Project Manager Greg Prince explains, "The project includes around five new dynamic message boards along with sensors and over 30 new cameras along various areas interstates 265, 65, and 64."

It's called an intelligent transportation system -- a $6 million investment from INDOT to keep better eyes on Clark and Floyd County roads.  He says, "This will also enhance the dispatch of our emergency personnel to respond to crashes and stranded motorists and debris removal and in turn hopefully these things will reduce congestion and provide more efficient traffic flow."

Those boards will be key to navigating a mess when construction starts on the new downtown Ohio River Bridge in July.  We found one board on I-265 already doing its job, telling drivers of a closure this weekend on the Kennedy Bridge.

Two southbound lanes will shut down Friday night through early Monday morning.  As Mindy Peterson of the Ohio River Bridges Project tells us, "They're adding new steel cover plates and they'll have a hydraulic crane in place to lift those plates in place."

The maintenance on the Kennedy is part of the $2.2 billion Ohio River Bridge bill.  The entrance ramp in Jeffersonville from Court Avenue will also be closed during the construction.  Work will continue on weekends through the beginning of June.

Also this weekend, according to Andrea Clifford of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:  "71 north to Gene Snyder north and then Gene Snyder south to 71 north will be closed. They both will be closed at the same time from eight tonight until six a.m. on Monday morning."

Concrete pavement repairs will happen there.  Clifford explains, "We're trying to get everything done in the western portion of the project by early June, so that we're not interfering with the Ohio River Bridges Project, the new East End Bridge."

It seems a lot is working around the new Ohio River bridges.  Transportation leaders are already asking for drivers patience with closures, because many more are to come over the next three years.

Peterson says the project is, "One of the largest in the country right now, so we're going to see some big changes but the result is something that all drivers have been waiting years and years to see happen."

There are also closures this weekend on Breckenridge Lane and on the Watterson Expressway.

For more information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, click here.

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