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Ohio River span closes to prepare for Thunder

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Setup of fireworks begins on the Clark Memorial Bridge. Setup of fireworks begins on the Clark Memorial Bridge.
Crews place barricades at the Kentucky entrance to the Clark Memorial Bridge. Crews place barricades at the Kentucky entrance to the Clark Memorial Bridge.
Matt Gibson Matt Gibson

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – If you normally use the Clark Memorial Bridge to get back and forth from Kentucky to Indiana, you'll have to find another route for the next few days. Starting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, barricades were put up to close the bridge for Saturday's Thunder Over Louisville fireworks setup.

"It will take every minute between now and the show for this portion of the show to be set up," said Matt Gibson with the Kentucky Derby Festival. "You know this bridge effect is unique to any other bridge in the country; we have this great structure behind us in order to use it so we'll have the waterfall and other effects."

There will be well over 50,000 fireworks and the show will have some new features and effects.

"We've been working in anticipation of the 25th show next year for some new effects we've been working on," said Gibson, "so they're going to have some small samples of that we won't expose until Saturday."

Pallets of sand were brought in by MSD to hold the equipment in place for any strong winds and storms that might move in.

Although the Clark Memorial is shut down until Sunday, a free shuttle will be available for commuters until 11 a.m. Saturday.  

"It's not something that's for sightseeing," Gibson said. "It's for those commuters that commute between the two states because this is the only through-fare for that."

Law enforcement on both sides of the river said they're confident in their safety plans. Indiana will have 100 state troopers and 200 officers. Louisville will have more than 1,000 officers securing the areas.

The Thunder Over Louisville air show starts at 3 p.m. and the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.

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