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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- More traffic changes begin Monday to make way for the two new Ohio River bridges. In Jeffersonville, 7th Street will permanently close from Missouri Avenue to Broadway Street. VFW Boulevard will be closed permanently from 7th Street to Ninth Street.
There are also some changes to watch out for in Louisville that will be in effect through September 13 only. Lane restrictions are scheduled at Jefferson Street and Preston Street. The right lane of Jackson Street from Market to Main Street will be closed for utility work. The right lane of Hancock Street from Market to Main will also be temporarily closed. There are a few other lane restrictions that start Tuesday in the downtown metro area that will end Friday.
Many drivers have noticed the cranes stretching out over the Ohio River. Walsh construction is using more than a dozen cranes right now on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Bridges project.
Now you will start seeing more heavy duty work. Pile driving is about to be underway. Piles are long poles that will be driven into the ground to support overpasses. Crews with Walsh will be driving piles for the overpasses and retaining walls that are part of the wider I-65 and new Downtown Crossing. It requires more than 530,000 feet of piling under 62 new overpasses. The pile driving is the reason for some of the temporary downtown road closures.
The Ohio River Bridges project is a $2.6 billion dollar undertaking that includes two new bridges across the Ohio, and a revamped Spaghetti Junction and Kennedy Bridge. Both new bridges are expected to open in 2016.