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Streets closing to make way for Ohio River Bridges Project

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This week crews from Walsh Construction will be "pile driving" for the overpasses and retaining walls that are part of the wider I-65 and new Downtown Crossing. This week crews from Walsh Construction will be "pile driving" for the overpasses and retaining walls that are part of the wider I-65 and new Downtown Crossing.
Walsh Construction workers on the ground helped guide a crane operator. Walsh Construction workers on the ground helped guide a crane operator.
Max Roland, Project Coordinator Walsh Construction, says this is one chance we'll have to see the actual piles "before they're hidden forever beneath the ground." Max Roland, Project Coordinator Walsh Construction, says this is one chance we'll have to see the actual piles "before they're hidden forever beneath the ground."

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers will have to deal with more changes as construction continues on two new Ohio River bridges.

Drivers have noticed huge cranes stretching out over the Ohio River, and today officials explained what they will be used for, and how they will affect traffic.

More than a dozen cranes are being used by Walsh Construction on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges project.

Those cranes will be "Pile Driving" as part of the next step in the $2.6 billion project.

Piles are long poles that will be driven into the ground to support overpasses.

Crews with Walsh Construction will be driving piles for the overpasses and retaining walls that are part of the wider I-65 and new Downtown Crossing.

"You don't really see the piles after the bridge is done," said Max Roland, Project Coordinator with Walsh Construction. "It's all covered up by concrete and reinforcing steel. But these piles go all the way down to bedrock. And this is kind of one chance of seeing the actual piles before they're hidden forever beneath the ground."

Crews with Walsh Construction 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 entire project includes two new bridges across the Ohio, and a revamped Spaghetti Junction and Kennedy Bridge.

Both new bridges are expected to open in 2016. The process that started Monday will affect the commute of drivers in Louisville and Jeffersonville.

Starting Monday in Jeffersonville, 7th Street from Missouri Avenue to Broadway Street will remain closed permanently.

Also in Jeffersonville, VFW Boulevard from 7th Street to Ninth Street, will also remain closed indefinitely.

In Louisville, drivers will have to deal with changes to watch out for in Louisville that will be in effect this week 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 closed this week.

There are a few other lane restrictions scheduled to start Tuesday tomorrow in the downtown metro, but those restrictions will end Friday.

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