Ramp to I-64 West from Story Ave. closed until further notice - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ramp to I-64 West from Story Ave. closed until further notice

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Another closure is expected to back up traffic near downtown Louisville. 

The ramp to I-64 West from Story Avenue shut down early Monday morning, and officials haven't said when it'll reopen. 

It's the latest development in the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

A flashing sign stands near the road warning drivers. 

"It seems like there's construction everywhere right now," said Kyle Gaddis, who works on nearby Frankfort Avenue. "I'm constantly driving on that road, and the traffic is already really bad as it is ... so I think it's just going to add a lot of time to everyone's commutes." 

The change is expected to impact the morning commute for people trying to get downtown, but the goal is to make things better in the area. 

"We need that closure in place so that crews have room to work and room to build new ramps," said Mindy Peterson, spokesperson for the Ohio River Bridges Project. 
She says one ramp will carry traffic to I-64 West or I-65 South. A different ramp will take drivers to I-65 North. 

"Which means drivers are not cutting across 64 to get to 65 either direction," Peterson said. 

The timeline for construction is still up in the air. 

"So what we're gonna do is close that ramp, and then engineers with the project are going to wait and see how the next couple of weeks go. And if everything seems to be moving OK, this is probably going to be a long-term closure, which means probably several months," Peterson said. 

She says crews have some flexibility and could tackle this construction in a few different ways, so officials don't want to make the final call right now. 

In the meantime, it's another change drivers need to keep in mind. 

"It seems like it's just never-ending, and as soon as one thing is finished, there's something else," Gaddis said. 

While the timeline is still unclear, officials say the new ramps won't be open until well into 2016. 

During the closure, drivers will be directed to Grinstead Drive. 

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