Second Street Bridge to close on Tuesday, July 8th
Drivers will be able to use it all day on Monday, but it’ll close at midnight and be off limits for six weeks.
Wednesday, June 18th 2014, 9:07 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Two big traffic changes are about to hit thousands of drivers in Kentuckiana.
The 2nd Street Bridge (Clark Memorial Bridge) will shut down on Tuesday, July 8th. That means drivers will be able to use it all day on Monday, but it’ll close at midnight and be off limits for six weeks.
The bridge is used by 25,000 vehicles every day. But next month, crews will shut it down to work on the new entrance and exit ramps between U-S 31 and Court Avenue in Indiana.
Traffic counts show during rush hour, more than 1,800 vehicles per hour will have to use Court Avenue and Spring Street. The closure will no doubt cause back-ups, and a lot of headaches.
"It's gonna be a hassle for a lot of people," said one driver. “A lot of people are gonna have to adjust their schedule."
Also, starting this weekend, drivers will have to adapt to even more freeway changes.
From Witherspoon Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard, lanes on Interstate 65 will be moved to the outside, allowing work on the inside lanes. In some parts, taking three lanes down to two.
"If you're coming around from 64 to 71, you lose that outside lane. Now you lose it earlier," said Andy Barber with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "But you still have two lanes of I-65, which is our focus."
And some drivers are looking at the bright side, saying the frustrations will be worth it in the end.
"Traffic will be better for everybody," said driver Richard Thurman. "I've been here a long time, and I hope to be here for a long time to come so I'm waiting for the benefit."
Others, like a doctor we spoke with who uses the 2nd Street Bridge every day, says it will affect their jobs.
"I use it a lot,” said Dr. Muhammad Addas. "And I think I can't see my patients. I go here to Clark and Kendrick and it'll be hectic too."
The closure also means no bikes or pedestrians.
The bridge should re-open by the end of August.
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