LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Drivers in downtown Louisville could see major changes to the morning and afternoon commutes beginning on Wednesday.

It’s all part of a plan to renovate the Kentucky International Convention Center downtown. Third Street between Market and Jefferson Streets will be closed beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Fourth Street between Market and Jefferson Streets will also be closed.

The closures are to allow construction workers plenty of room to work during the 22-month long process of renovation.

Most of the convention center’s western facility will be torn down and rebuilt, adding 200,000 square feet of continuous exhibit hall space and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom.

Along with the closures to Third and Fourth Streets, the lanes closest to the convention center on both Market and Jefferson Streets between Third and Fourth will be closed as well.

Most drivers WDRB spoke to on Monday did not know about the changes, but many said their daily routine will now have to change.

“I'll go First Street or go down to Fifth Street and go that way,” one driver said. “I just want to get to Broadway so I can head over to the Highlands.”

“Yeah, it's obnoxious. Everywhere you go, any day of the week, it's traffic blocked up somewhere,” another driver said. “But I guess that shows a strong economy.”

“Reroute. That's all I can tell you," an Uber drive said. "I mean, what else can I do man?”

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