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3 major traffic changes to bring relief to Indiana and Kentucky drivers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Derby City has been starting to look more like "Orange Cone City," as construction causes major headaches for drivers in Louisville and southern Indiana. 

"Red tail lights, backed up, slowed down," Louisville resident Todd Geddes said about his commute. 

"It's been horrible," said Mary Drury, who lives in Floyd County. "[I] keep leaving earlier and earlier every morning."

But things are looking up for some commuters. A ramp in western Jefferson County is back open. 

It takes drivers from I-64 East to I-264 East, also known as the Georgia Davis Powers Expressway or Shawnee Expressway. 

"The ramp had been closed since mid-June because we did a bridge replacement project," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford. 

That should help clear some of the congestion for drivers like Drury. 

"I'll see on Monday," she said about leaving the house a little later. 

Another big announcement has to do with the Kennedy Bridge. 

One lane of traffic opened Friday morning, taking people heading south on I-65 across the river. And more good news is on the horizon for the bridge. Downtown Crossing officials say two more lanes are scheduled to open Oct. 10.

The final update will affect a lot of drivers coming into Louisville from the east, like Geddes. 

"Anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes to go 10 miles," he said about his current drive. 

We're told drivers approaching downtown on I-71 will get a new roadway starting early Monday morning. It will mean drivers won't have to merge with people on I-64 to get to I-65. The goal is to provide a smoother drive. 

"I'll believe it when I see it," Geddes said. "It will be a pleasant surprise if and when." 

It's just the beginning of traffic changes as we near the end of the Ohio River Bridges Project. For some, the changes are a sigh of relief. Others have gotten used to "Orange Cone City."

"Construction means progress," said Louisville resident Andrew Scott. "I'm not upset about it. I just go around it." 

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