2nd Street Bridge closed to all traffic the next six weeks - WDRB 41 Louisville News

2nd Street Bridge closed to all traffic the next six weeks

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - We've known about it for months and the time has finally come. The Second Street Bridge closed early Tuesday and will remain shutdown for about six weeks.

"I think it's going to be a disaster," said New Albany resident Greg Henderzahs.

"It's something that has to be done and we're just going to have to get through it," Ned Pfau of Jeffersonville told WDRB News.

Ohio River Bridges Project officials say construction crews will focus on the Indiana approach, building new on and off ramps to Court Avenue. Both directions of US 31 will be closed near the bridge, with drivers unable to access US 31 North and South north of Court Avenue. One lane of US 31 South will be used for local access only, with drivers able to exit onto South Clark Boulevard.

It's estimated 25,000 drivers use the 2nd Street Bridge everyday. That traffic is expected to shift to the Kennedy or Sherman Minton bridges for the next 44 days.

"One thing the Sherman Minton project taught us two years ago was that downtown Louisville can get very congested and we only have so many routes in and out of downtown," said LMPD Traffic Unit Lt. Joe Seelye. Police departments on both sides of the river say more officers will help with directing traffic.

"With the construction on Court Avenue already down to one lane, we do anticipate some long back ups," Jeffersonville Police Department Det. Todd Hollis said. The loop ramp on Court Ave. will stay open for access to I-65 South but police say since it's already down to one lane in both directions, plan to get on I-65 from as far north as possible. 

In downtown Louisville, 23 officers will be on hand during morning and evening rush hours.

"The main goal is to facilitate the ramps that we can get on and off and that is, as he spoke of, the Liberty ramp, the 3rd River ramp, the 9th Street ramp," Seelye said. Police will be able to control traffic lights to keep things running as smoothly as possible but he says it'll be important to head out the door with a new route plan and your patience.

The bridge will be closed to vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. Ohio River Bridges Project officials say when it reopens in August, a new traffic pattern will be in effect for northbound traffic on US 31. All northbound drivers will have to detour through Jeffersonville as crews build a new flyover ramp from US 31 North to I-65 North.

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