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The "Big Squeeze" is on for I-65 in southern Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---It's being called the “Big Squeeze.”  I-65 southbound in Southern Indiana is now reduced from three lanes to two lanes for a mile and half of the busiest section of the interstate.

The closures began early Tuesday morning and are expected to cause delays on both sides of the river.  Project officials shut down a southbound lane from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown's Station Way around 3 a.m. The northbound lane is expected to close by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

This "big squeeze" will last two years as crews build new lanes to connect with the new Ohio River Bridge. Closures like this will last for two years.

TRIMARC officials suggest avoiding the stretch of  I-65 in southern Indiana.  Those in New Albany can opt for the Sherman Minton Bridge.  Those in Jeffersonville or Clarksville can take the Clark Memorial or Second Street Bridge. They suggest leaving early to leave plenty of time for the changing commute. Officials are encouraging drivers to use the Sherman Minton Bridge.

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

“Think about how they're gonna get to work, think about what time they're gonna arrive, if you can travel during the off peak, that's always better than traveling during the peak,” said Andy Barber with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

I-65 traffic will move into its new "split position" next week. Officials say rain could cause the lane closures to be postponed.

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