LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Commuters are bracing for the closing of the Kennedy Bridge.

The aging bridge will close by 5 a.m. Tuesday for a six month repair. The closure means there will be no direct access to northbound I-71 or eastbound I-64 from southern Indiana. All southbound traffic on I-65 will be funneled into two lanes on the new Lincoln Bridge. 

Marked detours on I-65 southbound will take drivers through downtown to the Watterson Expressway. In southern Indiana, drivers are being encouraged to take I-265 to the Sherman Minton Bridge. That will give them access to I-64 through downtown Louisville. But that means it will take more time to get where you're going. 

The good news is that it's the last major downtown interstate change for drivers as part of the Bridges' project. 

"There is an end in sight," said Andy Barber with the Ky. Transportation Cabinet. "We are over 80 percent done with the project. When this gets done, we'll have it opened back up by late July. We'll have another lane on the Kennedy bridge carrying southbound to 65 to both I-64 eastbound and westbound as well as I-71 northbound."

One lane of the Kennedy is expected to reopen in late July, restoring access from I-65 South to I-64 West. The remaining lanes of the Kennedy will be closed until late this year.

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