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Major traffic changes Monday will impact drivers for 3 years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Get ready for some big traffic changes this week. Your drive to work Monday morning should be a typical one, but traffic perfection won't last long.

Two major closures associated with the Ohio River Bridges Project start this week. The ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South, along with the rightbound lane of I-65 South between Jefferson Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard will be closed for the next three years.

"We don't want them to have a typical commute and forget about the changes ahead because they are major changes," said Mindy Peterson.

Crews are also scheduled to inspect the Kennedy Bridge, from July 15th to the 26th. To accommodate the inspections, the I-65 southbound lanes of the bridge will be reduced down to two lanes. The following week, the northbound lanes will be reduced by one lane.

They are traffic delays that have downtown restaurant owner George Timmering preparing for a slow down in business. "Maybe we're not going to get that 5 or 6 p.m. business that we normally have because everybody is worried about getting home, and the traffic pattern," said Timmering.

As a downtown staple for 16 years, Bearno's has survived plenty of construction and even the five month closure of the Sherman Minton bridge in 2011. So although they know they'll survive the changes, Timmering still hates to see less people filling up booths. "People are spending more time in traffic, that is less time that they would be in here enjoying a relaxing casual meal as opposed to grabbing it and going really quickly."

Officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project say the closures are necessary to make way for construction. "We need them to be patient with us, its going to be a lot of work over the next three years, a lot of changes, but we hope they can keep the end result in mind," said Peterson. The end result being 12 lanes moving over the Ohio River.

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