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Officials see practically no backup Tuesday morning from 'The Big Squeeze'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's being called the "Big Squeeze" as one of the busiest sections of I-65 is being reduced to two lanes in both directions.

The Big Squeeze started with reductions on I-65 South early Tuesday morning. For nearly 1.5 miles, from the Kennedy Bridge to Brown's Station Way, I-65 South was taken from three to two lanes.

The closures are part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, as it will allow crews to build new lanes to connect with the new Ohio River bridge.

Transportation officials reported practically no backup at all on I-65 Tuesday morning, as people took their advice and avoided the area. Many used the Sherman Minton and Second Street Bridges instead.

"You can't get a new bridge by just plopping it down and having it ready," said Mindy Peterson, a spokeswoman for Downtown Crossing. "You have to face some of these adjustments along the way, and you have to face some of the closures and the sitting in traffic. So it's difficult, and we recognize that. We just hope drivers can keep in mind the end result is going to be worth it."

Eventually both north and southbound traffic will be slid over to the original southbound lanes, and that's where it will stay for the next couple of years. That shift is set to take place next week.

Starting tonight, northbound lanes in that same stretch of interstate were supposed to be reduced to two lanes, but that change was put off until Wednesday night due to rain. So starting Thursday, Indiana drivers will have to reconsider their commute, not only to -- but from -- work.

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