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Lane reductions on I-65 begin Tuesday, continue for two years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers -- get ready. Big changes will soon be made after Labor Day on I-65, and it's going to impact your commute for the next two years .

This afternoon officials with the Ohio River Bridges Project held a press conference to remind all drivers to start thinking about this during your holiday weekend.

Starting Tuesday morning, long-term lane reductions will be made on I-65, which is being called the "Big Squeeze."

I-65 North and I-65 South will be reduced from three through lanes of traffic to two from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown Station's Way. 

The inside lane of I-65 South will close Tuesday morning. The inside lane of I-65 North will close Tuesday night.

The lane restrictions extend for nearly a mile-and-a-half, so expect delays.

"So we're urging drivers to think about this while they have the long weekend," said Andy Barber with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "Think about how they're gonna get to work. Think about what time they're gonna arrive; if you can travel during off-peak that's always better than traveling during the peak. If you can think of alternative ways to get to your office, that should be something you consider too."

The shift will allow for demolition of the existing and construction of new northbound lanes that will connect with the new Ohio River Bridge, which is currently under construction. However, lane restrictions will remain in place along this stretch of I-65 until late 2016. That's when the project will near completion.

Southbound lanes on the Kennedy Bridge will not be affected by the restrictions. All lanes will remain open to traffic.

Northbound lanes of traffic on the Kennedy Bridge will be reduced from three through lanes of traffic and an exit lane to two through lanes and an exit lane.

Drivers traveling north and exiting onto Court Avenue or using the 10th Street exit will need to be in the far right lane of the Kennedy Bridge.

Officials are asking drivers to take notice of the changes now so that they are aware well before Tuesday.

"So that people can actually get prepared and not wake up Tuesday morning and have a oh my gosh,what has happened to my route to work," said John Butts, Operations Center Supervisor with TRIMARC.

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