LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Big changes are ahead on the Sherman Minton Bridge.
Work is underway to get ready for a major traffic shift when construction starts on Phase One of the Sherman Minton Bridge Renewal project.
Drivers won't be able to use the Sherman Minton to get from New Albany to Louisville all weekend. Starting Friday night, the eastbound lanes will be closed through Monday morning.
The closure is being put in place so crews can continue getting the bridge ready for the big shift.
A barrier wall is already up on the top deck of the bridge, separating the westbound lanes from what will be one eastbound lane. Crews are still working on temporary traffic crossings for eastbound drivers on the top deck of the bridge. A new lane was just paved to get traffic back on track when exiting the bridge eastbound.
This weekend, drivers are encouraged to use Interstates 65 and 265 to detour around the bridge.
One man, who regularly takes the bridge from New Albany, said he understands it's going to take time to fix.
"I think it'll probably cause traffic backups, but we got to live with it," Bill Trouy said.
One New Albany business had a similar feeling about the construction. Benjamin Byrn, who owns Dada Boutique, said the business is switching its marketing to target Indiana shoppers.
"We've known that this was going to affect southern Indiana businesses for quite some time, so I think we've had plenty of time to adjust our approach," Byrn said. "That way they know, 'Hey, you have a local option to shop. You don't have to go to Louisville this weekend.'"
The business is also adding a pop-up location for the holiday season in Green Tree Mall to boost access to the boutique while the Sherman Minton Bridge construction continues.
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