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New traffic patterns take effect in Spaghetti Junction

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By Valerie Chinn and Travis Ragsdale

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers heading south on I-65 over the Kennedy bridge will be in for some big changes Wednesday morning and officials say traffic will get better during rush hour because of it. 

The ramps where drivers merge onto I-64 eastbound or I-71 northbound were changed at 5 a.m. Wednesday. 

Before the changes took effect, drivers wanting to get on I-64 east had to exit to the right. To get on I-71 North, the exit was to the left. Now those will be flipped.

Signs will clearly mark the new route and the result is expected to mean less time in traffic for drivers.

"Watch for some improvements now, especially after the first few days," Mindy Peterson with the Ohio River Bridges Project-Downtown Crossing said. "Let drivers make adjustments, more improvements at the end of October when we're in the final configuration in this area."

And, there's a new, temporary route change for motorists driving on I-64 East headed to I-71 North.

Previously, traffic was split to the right to access I-71. Now drivers need to stay in the left lane and go an extra quarter of a mile to get onto the ramp. The Third Street ramp to get onto the interstate is expected to be less congested.

"These are two major changes in the standpoint of drivers who are very much creatures of habit, and when we change that, it can be a little startling and a little confusing," Peterson said.

The new paths will give Walsh Construction crews room for additional work in the area. 

"I think overall the city has done a great job of keeping the traffic moving," Becky Blackwell, who has been taking the bus to work, said.

The new Downtown Crossing is expected to be finished in January, but construction on side streets will last another year.

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