LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The reopening of the ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North will be delayed.

Crews with Walsh Construction will use this night of favorable weather to focus on other top priorities, including restriping needs throughout the project area.

"Reopening the Liberty Street ramp is high on our priority list," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber. "However, there are other needs that are even higher. The recent winter weather and heavy use of salt have taken a toll on striping throughout our project area. The extended forecast does not provide many options for getting this work done. Our focus must be on maintaining current roadways before opening a new ramp to traffic."

No new date has been set for opening the ramp from Liberty Street to I-65 North to traffic. The ramp will open when the weather and work schedules allow. Before opening the ramp, crews must stripe the roadway. To keep traffic moving during peak hours, the work must be done overnight. Temperatures well above freezing are needed to do the striping.

The ramp has been closed for about a year. During the closure, the ramp has been rebuilt to provide new connections to the newly opened Abraham Lincoln Bridge.

When the Liberty Street ramp reopens, drivers will gain access to another through lane of traffic. The right lane of I-65 North, just south of Muhammad Ali Boulevard, will carry traffic to I-65 North, I-64 and I-71. The right lane is currently a mandatory exit lane to Muhammad Ali Boulevard.

During the closure, drivers used Muhammad Ali Boulevard to access I-65 North. The Muhammad Ali ramp is expected to close soon after the Liberty Street ramp reopens. It’s expected to close for about three months in order to build a new ramp to connect to the Lincoln Bridge. 

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