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Bridges Project

March 7, 2014

Pedestrian access to be maintained on Clark Memorial Bridge

Lane restrictions on Indiana approach of Clark Memorial to begin next week

JEFFERSONVILLE — Pedestrian access on the Clark Memorial Bridge will be maintained as lane restrictions begin Monday on the Indiana approach to the bridge.

When the lane restrictions were initially announced Monday, officials stated that the bridge would be closed to pedestrians.

“We head people’s concerns about the loss of pedestrian access, and we have responded,” said Andy Barber, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Downtown Crossing project manager, according to a press release issued by the Ohio River Bridges Project. “Working together, KYTC and Walsh Construction found a solution that will keep the schedule on track and complete the important work of preserving historic elements.”

A modified plan will allow continuous sidewalk access along one side of the bridge during the lane restrictions. Work will start on the southbound lanes of U.S. 31 and pedestrian access will be maintained on the northbound sidewalk.

Beginning March 10, traffic will be reduced to one lane on U.S. 31 South on the Indiana approach stretching from just south of Court Avenue to the bridge. The outside lane will be closed, restricting traffic to the inside southbound lane. The southbound sidewalk will also be closed.

After work is complete on the southbound side of the approach, crews will place a second row of concrete barriers in the restricted area to create a safe pathway for pedestrians. The pathway will extend from the Indiana approach to the southbound sidewalk on the bridge, which remains open to pedestrian traffic. Crews will then begin work on U.S. 31 North.

Lane restrictions on the Indiana approach will remain in place in both directions during the northbound work, with pedestrian access maintained on the southbound side.

The existing four travel lanes on the Clark Memorial Bridge and on the Kentucky approach will not be affected during the work.

During the restrictions, crews with Walsh Construction will work to dismantle historic decorative pylons, limestone block walls and railing that surround the existing bridge approach. The elements will be incorporated into the newly constructed bridge approach.

The restrictions will remain in place until the planned closure of the bridge. The preparatory work being done in the coming weeks will help limit the amount of time the bridge will be closed, according to the press release.

The bridge is expected to close in late-May and remain closed for just more than six weeks. During the full closure, new U.S. 31 entrance and exit ramps to and from Court Avenue will be constructed. When the bridge reopens in July, the new ramps will be in use.

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