Second Street Bridge expected to reopen Friday morning
The Second Street Bridge is expected to reopen shortly after midnight.
Thursday, August 14th 2014, 11:37 am EDT by
Friday, August 15th 2014, 8:27 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After being closed since July 8, the Second Street bridge will reopen a little after midnight, in plenty of time for the morning rush.
Walsh Construction crews finished their work a week ahead of schedule, thanks in part to favorable weather conditions.
"We've had some good weather up until last week, and Walsh and my office made good use of that time so traffic can expect to be back on that bridge tomorrow morning," said Andy Barber with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Although Walsh finished the job early, it will not get a bonus for finishing before the deadline.
The bridge was closed while crews reconfigured the Indiana approach to the bridge, which involved dismantling and reassembling the historic decorative pylons.
There are still some questions about how traffic will flow after the bridge reopens.
"The only thing I was kind of wondering about is what the traffic is going to be to downtown Jeff to get to 10th Street and back on 65 north."
New US 31 entrance and exit ramps to and from Court Avenue have been constructed and will be in use when the bridge reopens to traffic.
"Missouri Street, which is on other side of the bridge, will open tomorrow or tonight," said Max Roland with Walsh Construction. Roland says drivers will be able to travel in both directions on Missouri and be able to access Kye's and the Water Tower Square from Missouri.
Drivers will need to be aware of a new traffic pattern that will be in place when the bridge reopens. There will be no direct access to I-65 North from the Clark Memorial Bridge. All northbound traffic on US 31 will have to exit onto Court Avenue, driving through Jeffersonville.
A signed detour will be in place. Drivers wanting to access I-65 North will be directed to the 10th Street ramp. The detour will direct drivers from Court Avenue to Spring Street to 10th Street.
The new traffic pattern is expected to be in place for more than a year as a new flyover ramp is built from US 31 North to I-65 North.
New traffic signals are in place at Missouri Avenue and Court Avenue and will be in use when the bridge reopens to traffic. The signals include traffic traveling from I-65 South to US 31 South.
Historic decorative pylons were dismantled and reassembled prior to the closure of the bridge. They've been incorporated into the design of the reconfigured approach and now sit outside of the new US 31 exit and entrance ramps.
New sidewalks are being built along the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge and historic handrails will be reinstalled. Sidewalks on the Clark Memorial Bridge will remain closed until the work is completed. There's no word yet on a completion date.
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