Abraham Lincoln Bridge officially opens to northbound traffic - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Abraham Lincoln Bridge officially opens to northbound traffic

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge, originally scheduled to begin carrying traffic at 5 a.m. Monday, has officially opened to northbound traffic.

With this new change, I-65 North has closed on the Kennedy Bridge.

I-65 South traffic will follow later in the month. A number of significant traffic changes will accompany the shift.

The Kennedy Bridge, which had previously carried three lanes of traffic in each direction of I-65, will eventually close for much of 2016 for repairs. The Abraham Lincoln Bridge will then carry all of that traffic until the Kennedy re-opens.

Ohio River Bridges Project officials urge caution for drivers crossing the Lincoln bridge, especially in the first few days of this transition.

Coinciding with that will be several changes to Spaghetti Junction, as new ramps and lanes are being built to complete the Ohio River Bridges Project.

One of the big changes will affect nearly 8,400 drivers per day, according to officials. Those traveling eastbound on I-64 will lose direct access to I-65 North. That ramp will be closed until late-2016, when a new ramp yet to be built will open.

On the other end of that spectrum, the ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South is back open to traffic after being closed since July 2013. Officials say the ramp was originally scheduled to close for 1,000 days, but has now opened ahead of schedule, allowing for more extensive improvement to the Kennedy Bridge.

The public was invited to walk the Abraham Lincoln Bridge on Saturday after several state and area officials were on hand for the official ribbon cutting.

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