New roadway to open for drivers on I-71 South - WDRB 41 Louisville News

New roadway to open for drivers on I-71 South

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drivers approaching Downtown Louisville from I-71 South and I-64 West will notice a few changes in their commute, starting early Monday.

According to a news release from the Ohio River Bridges Project, the new roadway is opening for drivers using I-71 South. The change means drivers traveling from I-71 South to I-65 will have a dedicated lane, and will no longer merge with drivers on I-64 West.

Eliminating the merge will help eliminate a pinch point for drivers on I-64 West and I-71, and should lead to a smoother drive in the area.

Under the current alignment, drivers traveling from I-71 South to I-65 merge left with traffic from I-64 West. Under the new configuration, new roadway opens and there’s no longer a merge with traffic from I-64 West.

Drivers traveling from I-71 South to I-65 South will split to the right, with two lanes carrying traffic to I-65 South. This is the final configuration for traffic. Drivers traveling from I-71 South to I-65 North will split to the left, with one lane carrying traffic to I-65 North.

For the next few weeks, drivers from I-71 South and I-64 West will merge into one lane before crossing the Abraham Lincoln Bridge on I-65 North. The merge will end and I-71 South and I-64 West will have their own lanes traveling north on the Lincoln Bridge soon after the Kennedy Bridge opens to southbound traffic.

A weekend closure is planned to prepare for the shift: one lane of I-71 South from Frankfort Avenue to I-65 split. The lane is expected to close around 9 p.m. Saturday and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Traffic is expected to be in its new configuration by 5 a.m. on Monday, October 3.

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