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Major Louisville interstate ramp expected to be closed until next week

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The I-65 northbound ramp to I-64 west in the Spaghetti Junction will remained closed until next week for needed repairs, bridge officials say.

When you take a look at downtown Louisville, you can't miss the construction underway.

While some roads are shut down for the Downtown Crossing project, the heavily-traveled ramp from I-65 north to I-64 west is closed for long-term repairs to a support column.

"It's one of the support columns and there is some concrete in there that is just not in great shape," said Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the Downtown Crossing Bridges Project.

Officials discovered problems with the support column on the Kennedy interchange ramp back in December.

A crack was discovered in the column with concrete chipping away near the crack. The rebar underneath was also exposed.

"These columns are 50 years old, weathering water runoffs, salt, all of those factors. We're talking about all of the columns within this interchange- they're very old. Old infrastructure," Peterson said.

The ramp was shut down Feb. 1 so that repairs could begin.

Construction workers are chipping away the bad concrete and replacing steel rebar. New concrete will encase the column.

However, it's taking construction workers a little longer than they expected.

Officials expected the project to take just one week, but it is now expected to be finished early next week. They say the project would have been completed sooner had it not been for the bitter cold temperatures.

"They had the rain, the snow, and the cold, and they had the ice, so they just haven't been able to move as quickly as they would like to," said Peterson.

If the weather cooperates, workers hope to pour concrete on Sunday, meaning that drivers could begin using the ramp once again early next week.

And, by 2015, the ramp will be gone.

"Because this is a ramp that will be replaced as part of redoing the Kennedy interchange. and that's the case with many of these columns," said Peterson.

The other columns with that particular ramp  were inspected in December, and officials said there was no cause for concern.

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