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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - As
runners, and cyclists return to downtown Louisville streets for races
and events this year, some could notice route changes that have been made in the interest of safety during construction for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction Company have
been working with Louisville Metro
Government and event organizers to avoid streets that are part of the
construction zone to ensure the continued success of downtown events.
Events, walks, and runs will continue in Waterfront Park. Walsh officials will maintain pedestrian access along River
Road between the east and west sides of Waterfront Park at I-65 through the duration of the project.
Park staff appreciates the efforts
of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction to ensure
access from one end of the park to the other,” said David Karem,
president of Waterfront Development Corporation. “The park continues to
be welcoming to events.”
activities are expected to have limited impact on River Rd. throughout this year; though activity is expected to increase in 2015 and 2016.
Officials say construction
activities will not prevent organizers from holding events in downtown
Louisville. Metro Public Works Director
Vanessa Burns said, “Our discussions with the Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet, Walsh Construction and the Louisville Metro Police Department
have resulted in recommended routes that allow safe continued use of
downtown Louisville streets for special events
while also allowing bridge construction to proceed without unnecessary
ensure maximum safety, Walsh and KYTC recommend adjusting routes within
downtown Louisville to be contained completely
to the east or west of the affected I-65 corridor to avoid crossing into
the work zone. The corridor extends from south of River Rd. to Muhammad Ali
Boulevard, with access and safety along roads
and ramps adjacent to Interstate 65 affected.
Safety the Top Priority
Planning in advance and making route adjustments within downtown Louisville will help ensure a safe and successful event.
Possible work zone hazards include:
roadway surfaces created by utility trenches in the road
plates in the road creating tripping hazards
of traffic materials (cones, barrels, construction fencing)
equipment and materials impeding sidewalks and roadways
In addition to the safety concerns, there are a number of routes that Walsh Construction must have access to for transporting
workers, heavy equipment, and supplies.
The Louisville Metro Police Department has developed a number of alternative routes and locations for downtown events,
some of which have been certified for races.
Work on the Downtown Crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project is expected to continue through December 2016. Crews are currently
working Monday through Saturday, with work on Sundays as needed.