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Now Open: Second Street Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Second Street Bridge is now open to traffic.

Transportation officials re-opened the bridge about 3:30 a.m. Friday. 

The bridge had been completely closed to traffic since July 8 while crews reconfigured the Indiana approach where new US 31 ramps to and from Court Avenue were added.

Although Walsh Construction finished the project a week ahead of schedule, the company will not receive a bonus. 

The bridge was closed while crews reconfigured the Indiana approach to the bridge, which involved dismantling and reassembling the historic decorative pylons. 

Traffic won't be completely back to normal -- drivers will not have direct access to I-65 North from the bridge. All northbound traffic will have to exit and drive through Jeffersonville.

Detour signs are in place; drivers that want 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 will affect 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 still being built along the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge and historic handrails are being re-installed. 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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