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New Story Avenue ramp expected to help unravel traffic heading into Spaghetti Junction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It may be confusing and congested, but it's almost complete.

Downtown drivers weaving through Spaghetti Junction are about to see a change.

Story Avenue is like the first "noodle" in Spaghetti Junction -- but the new ramp from Story Avenue to I-65 is expected to help unravel traffic heading into downtown Louisville. The new entryway will allow drivers to avoid a quick -- and at times, dangerous -- two-lane hop from I-64 to I-65, known to backup traffic for miles.

Crews expect to make this shift in time for the Monday morning commute, though it means a bit of a traffic headache this weekend. I-64 West to I-65 in both directions will shut down around 9 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday. Two lanes of I-64 West from Payne Street to the I-65 split will also close, along with one lane of I-71 South from Frankfort to the I-65 split. 

It's bad timing with 65,000 people heading downtown to the waterfront for Forecastle this weekend.

"We understand the impact that we've got, and we understand the impact they have to us, and so we've been coordinating that effort the best we can to minimize where we've got closures, and to maximize keeping lanes open as long as we physically can," said Steven Schauer, spokesman for Walsh Corporation. 

Drivers coming from the east end will see a change: the interchange between I-64 West and I-65 will move back a few hundred feet toward Story Avenue.  That means you need to make the decision on the shift earlier, and if you're heading down I-65 South, enter from the right.

While this shift is meant to ease the backup, there are still many changes traveling downtown on I-64, I-65 and I-71 to come, as the entire bridges project nears the end.

"What that means for drivers is that the lane closures go away, the orange barrels are gone, and they have a new, improved transportation system to get across the river and through downtown," said Andy Barber, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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