Big delays expected during 2nd Street Bridge closure - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Big delays expected during 2nd Street Bridge closure

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Construction crews will soon replace cars on the 2nd Street Bridge. It's a route across the Ohio River that will be closed for just over six weeks, starting July 8.

"The Clark takes about 10 percent of cross-river traffic now, and you'd expect 10 percent is going to go to the Sherman Minton or the Kennedy," said Andy Barber, with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

With an estimated 225,000 drivers using the three bridges everyday, around 22,500 vehicles will be diverted. Ohio River Bridges Project officials want commuters to be prepared for the closure on Tuesday. They say signs warning drivers have been up for days. 

"We know it's going to lead to congestion and we know it's going to lead to delays -- and drivers are going to have to make some changes," Barber said.

Changes made to the bridge will happen mostly on the Indiana side. Crews will build new US 31 entrance and exit ramps to and from Court Avenue during the closure, according to Ohio River Bridges Project officials. The existing Indiana approach will be demolished.

Until then, there's a push to avoid rush hour travel times, use public transportation, or car pool.

"They can ride as distracted as they want to," TARC Executive Director Barry Barker said Tuesday.

Barker says TARC buses cross the 2nd Street Bridge about 100 times a day and all buses will be detoured to the Kennedy Bridge. TARC has launched a new texting service to give riders the most up-to-date information on routes, detours, bus stop changes and delays.

Executive Director Barry Barker says there's no better time than now to give their services a try.

"We can't fly over the traffic, but what we can certainly do is allow people to do something other than pounding the steering wheel waiting for the guy in front to move," he said. 

For more information about TARC text alerts and bus amenities, click here.

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