LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge) is scheduled to close on Tuesday, July 8. The bridge is expected to close first thing Tuesday, with the closure expected to begin around midnight. This will be a total closure, with the bridge closed to vehicular, bike and foot traffic.
The Clark Memorial Bridge is scheduled to be closed for just over six weeks. The scheduled closure means the bridge will be open for two busy summer travel holidays – Fourth of July and Labor Day. A date for its reopening will be provided as work progresses.
There will be no access to US 31 North and US 31 South north of Court Avenue. One lane of US 31 South will be used for local access only, with drivers able to exit onto South Clark Boulevard. Two lanes of Court Avenue, one in each direction, will be open during the six-week closure.
Why the Closure is Necessary
Intensive work will be happening on the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge with new US 31 entrance and exit ramps to and from Court Avenue to be constructed during the closure. Demolition of the existing approach in Indiana is expected to begin within hours of the closure. When the bridge reopens in late August, the new ramps will be in use.
Nearly 225,000 vehicles travel across the Ohio River between Louisville and southern Indiana on a daily basis, using the Kennedy, Sherman Minton and Clark Memorial bridges. Just over 25,000 of those vehicles (around 11%) are using the Clark Memorial Bridge on a daily basis. Nearly 75,000 vehicles are using the Sherman Minton Bridge and over 125,000 vehicles travel over the Kennedy Bridge each day.
Impact on Drivers during the Closure
Drivers should prepare for congestion and lengthy delays and keep the following tips in mind:
New Traffic Pattern to be in Place
Construction of the new flyover ramp from US 31 North to I-65-North will soon begin, requiring a new, long-term traffic pattern when the Clark Memorial Bridge reopens in August. All northbound drivers will have to detour through Jeffersonville. Drivers wanting to access I-65 North will be directed to the 10th Street ramp. The detour will direct drivers from Court Avenue to Spring Street to 10th Street. The new traffic pattern is expected to be in place for more than a year.
Information provided by the Ohio River Bridges Project.
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