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Know Before You Go: Week of February 17

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Construction on the new downtown and east end bridges will affect traffic in the following areas this week. 

Work Currently Underway:

Louisville Streets:

•Floyd Street from Liberty Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard is scheduled to be closed through Thursday, February 13 for abutment work.

•Adams Street from Campbell Street to Cabel Street is scheduled to be closed through Monday, February 17, with access to local traffic only.

•Witherspoon Street from Preston Street to Clay Street is scheduled to be closed through Friday, February 21 for micropiling.

•Jackson Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, March 1 for work on a retaining wall.

•The right lane of westbound Witherspoon Street from River Road to Adams Street is scheduled to be closed through Saturday, March 1 for work on a retaining wall.

•The right lane and right parking lane on Preston Street from Market Street to Liberty Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, March 1 for abutment work.

•The left lane and both parking lanes on Jefferson Street from Jackson Street to Preston Street are scheduled to be closed through Wednesday, February 12 for abutment work.

•The right lane and left lane of Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Preston Street are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, March 1 for piling and abutment work.

Continuing Closures and Restrictions:

Kentucky Side:

•The ramp from I-64 East to I-65 South closed July 15 and is scheduled to be closed through the spring of 2016.

•The right lane of I-65 South from the Jefferson Street ramp to Muhammad Ali Boulevard closed July 15 and is scheduled to be closed through 2016.

Indiana Side:

•Broadway Street has closed from Court Avenue to 6th Street. This includes the closure of the 6th Street ramp to I-65 North. These are permanent closures.

•7th Street has closed from Missouri Avenue to Broadway Street. This is a permanent closure.

•VFW Boulevard has closed from 7th Street to 9th Street. This is a permanent closure.

•US 31-South (Exit Ramp 1) from Brown Station Way to Stansifer Avenue has been reduced to two lanes.

•US 31-South, in the area just south of Stansifer Avenue, has been reduced to one lane. Vehicles are still able to exit onto 10th Street.

•The northbound collector distributor ramp in Jeffersonville has been reduced to one lane between 10th Street and Stansifer Avenue. The closure will be in place through late 2015.

•Missouri Avenue is closed between Court Avenue and S. Clark Boulevard for extensive utility work in the area. It's expected to remain closed into July 2014.

Sidewalk Closures:

•The sidewalk on the east side of Preston Street from Jefferson Street to Liberty Street is expected to be closed through Saturday, March 1.

•Sidewalks on Floyd Street from Liberty Street to Muhammad Ali Boulevard are expected to be closed through Saturday, March 1.

•The south sidewalk on Liberty Street from Floyd Street to Jackson Street is expected to be closed through Saturday, March 1.

•Sidewalks on Jackson Street from Jefferson Street to Market Street are expected to be closed through Saturday, March 1.

Indiana:

Upper River Road closure to begin Feb. 13:

Upper River Road northbound and southbound in Indiana will be closed beginning Feb. 13 for East End Crossing construction activities. This arrangement will likely continue for the duration of the construction project. Flaggers will be present to temporarily stop and guide traffic through this area.

· Kentucky: Blasting schedule for week of Feb. 17: Blasting to prepare for the new tunnel in the east end of Louisville is scheduled to occur near the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 841 during the week of February 17.

Tunnel Blasting:

The dates and approximate times for tunnel blasting the week of Feb. 17 will be:

Monday, February 17, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Friday, February 21, at about 7:30 a.m. and again at about 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, at about 7:30 a.m.

Surface Blasting:

The dates and approximate times for surface blasting (within 15 minutes) the week of Feb. 17 will be:

Monday, February 17, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

Friday, February 21, at about 11:30 a.m. and again at about 2:15 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, at about 11 a.m.

NOTE: A message will be posted on the project website at www.kyinbridges.com <http://www.kyinbridges.com> Thursday of each week regarding the anticipated blasting schedule for the following week. Pre-blast surveys are ongoing; no blasting will occur within 500 feet of any residence prior to the completion of a pre-blast survey for that residence.

Indiana Blasting schedule for week of Feb. 17:

Blasting to prepare for the East End Crossing is scheduled to occur in Indiana, just east of Utica, between the Ohio River and Salem Road during the week of February 17. There will NOT be any traffic stops for this blast.

The dates and approximate times (within 15 minutes) will be:

Monday, February 17, at about 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 18, at about 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19, at about 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 20, at about 4 p.m.

Friday, February 21, at about 4 p.m.

Continuing Closures and Restrictions:

· Kentucky: Lane switch on Springdale Road beginning Jan. 20: Traffic on current Springdale Road alignment will be shifted onto a new alignment at the intersection of Wolf Pen Branch Road via temporary pavement beginning Jan. 20.

· Kentucky: Lane switch on KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway beginning Dec. 17: Southbound KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway will be shifted east just north of the I-71 interchange and shifted back to its normal route after the interchange via temporary pavement beginning Dec. 17. This arrangement will likely continue for about nine months.

· Kentucky: Lane switch on KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway beginning Dec. 5: Southbound KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway will be shifted east just north of the I-71 interchange and shifted back to its normal route after the interchange via temporary pavement beginning Dec. 5. This arrangement will likely continue for about nine months.

· Kentucky: Lane closures on KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway beginning Oct. 17: KY 841/Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky became one lane northbound and one lane southbound from U.S. 42 all the way to the I-71 interchange beginning October 17. This arrangement will likely continue through the duration of the East End Crossing project.

· Indiana: Traffic changes scheduled to begin Jan. 31 - The activities below, which have been previously delayed because of cold weather conditions, are scheduled to begin Jan. 31 and last until March 2014.

Indiana: Port Road traffic shifted west: Port Road traffic will be shifted west to the current southbound lanes in the vicinity of Centennial Blvd. and the SR 265 and SR 62 interchange. There will be no closures, merely a shift in the traffic lanes. Even during "normal" rush-hour conditions, traffic can get congested in this area; and there is a four-way stop at Port Road & Middle Road that often gets backed up during a typical rush hour. Therefore, with this lane shift, motorists should anticipate delays and allow at least 10 extra minutes during rush hour commutes. This arrangement will last about a year.

Indiana: Westbound lanes of SR 265 in vicinity of SR 62 interchange shifted Jan. 31 2014 - March 2014: The current westbound lanes of SR 265 will be shifted with traffic utilizing newly constructed crossovers lanes enabling westbound travelers to use a portion of the eastbound lanes. All eastbound and westbound traffic will use the current eastbound lanes.

Indiana: Ramp from northbound SR 62 to westbound SR 265 to change Jan. 31 2014 - March 2014: There will be a slight detour for motorists going from northbound SR 62 to westbound SR 265. They will still take the same exit ramp off of SR 62, but once they exit they will notice a sign the redirects them slightly. At the end of this ramp, they can enter SR 265 with the assistance of a traffic light.

· Indiana: Upper River Road closed beginning Dec. 18: Upper River Road northbound and southbound in Indiana was closed just north of Utica beginning Dec. 18 for East End Crossing construction activities. This arrangement will likely continue for the duration of the construction project. Flaggers will be present to temporarily stop and guide traffic through this area. @

Surface blasting, which began in June 2013, does require traffic stops. Surface blasting also takes place Monday through Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. Prior to each blast, traffic must be stopped for five to twenty minutes for the safety of the workers and the traveling public. Traffic stops during the blasts will occur on KY 841 between Wolf Pen Branch Road and U.S. 42, and on U.S. 42 between Wolf Pen Branch Road and Bridgepointe Boulevard.

 In the event of unfavorable weather or other unforeseen activities, blast times may occasionally change. Underground tunnel blasting, which began Jan. 27, 2014, in the east end of Louisville near the intersection of U.S. 42 and KY 841, does NOT require traffic stops. This blasting takes place Monday through Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. The noise from blasts may be noticeable, but the blasts pose no risk to the traveling public and local residents. Construction for the underground tunnel requires 24-hour work activities Monday through Saturday, and will continue throughout 2014.

Information provided by the Ohio River Bridges Downtown & East End Crossings

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