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Drivers told to plan for major summer construction on Downtown Crossing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers, get ready for the busiest summer construction season Kentuckiana has seen in 50 years.

This morning, officials updated the media on the upcoming closures, reroutes and changes in store as crews continue to build the new Downtown Crossing.

At the Clark Memorial Bridge in Jeffersonville Thursday morning, construction crews were just beginning work to remove the pillars from the base of the bridge. The bridge is expected to close for six weeks after Memorial Day in May to allow for the construction of a new U.S. 31 exit and entrance ramp in Jeffersonville. With that will come a new detour through Jeffersonville.

Also this summer, a new 10th St. exit from I-65 northbound will open.

Another big change: traffic on I-65 north will shift to share the current I-65 south lanes from the Kennedy Bridge to Stansifer Avenue. What is now four lanes will be two lanes in each direction -- and it will stay that way until mid-2015.

"Some drivers' routes to work will change," said Andy Barber of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "And the purpose of this communication effort that we've had with the project -- and it's started at the beginning -- is to make sure that we get the word out there so people can check ahead before they go to work. Before they leave the office. Before they come downtown -- to see how their path will change. 225,000 vehicles come through the interchange daily."

On the Kentucky side, drivers will see the revamp of the Spaghetti Junction. I-65 south downtown will switch to a new alignment -- a new roadway -- from Witherspoon to Muhammad Ali Blvd.

In the river, some of the towers that will hold the new Downtown Crossing bridge will start to come out of the water.

Roughly 500 people are working on the Downtown Crossing bridge and associated projects. Construction crews say they are on schedule for a December 2016 opening, despite a grueling winter.

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