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June 19, 2013

Traffic headaches on the way in Jeffersonville

Closures and detours related to bridges project set to begin July 29

JEFFERSONVILLE — Traffic headaches are about to become a reality for city residents and passers-through.

Road closures, detours and pedestrian detours for the first three stages of work on the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project were presented to the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works on Wednesday. Preparatory work has begun along Jeffersonville’s riverfront, but road closures aren’t expected to begin until July 29.

Stage one of construction in Indiana will include building the new ramp off of Interstate 65 to Court Avenue, in addition to revisions to Stansifer Avenue ramps, said Andrew Ledbetter, engineer with Jacobs Engineering Inc.

Planners with the bridges project have said that the existing Court Avenue ramp will remain open during construction until the new ramp is completed and traffic can be switched over to it.

Ledbetter added that sidewalks at Court Avenue are going to be closed as the new access is tied into the surface road.

STAGE TWO

Stage two of the construction will result in more closures, including permanent closures to existing roadways.

“During stage two, Seventh Street, which currently [goes] under the interstate as an underpass, is going to be permanently closed,” he said.

The closure is tentatively set for Aug. 1.

Construction along Sixth Street will result in closures beginning Oct. 1, according to the tentative schedule. Both roads will be closed at Broadway Street and the Sixth Street ramp onto U.S. 31 northbound also will be closed.

A new gateway is slated to be built at Sixth Street, as well as at Court Avenue and 10th Street.

Following the closures at Sixth and Seventh streets, road closures on Riverside Drive and Market Street will go into effect.

“There won’t be closures at both locations at the same time,” said Gary Fromm, section two technical manager with Jacobs Engineering, Inc. He added the work that will result in the closures won’t begin until later this year or early 2014 and will continue into the summer or fall of 2014.

The first portion of that work that will create a closure will be on the overpasses being constructed for the northbound portion of I-65. Work on the I-65 southbound portion, the existing approaches to the Kennedy Bridge, will not start until 2016.

When work does commence and closures are in effect for Riverside Drive, traffic will be diverted at Riverpointe Plaza or Clark Street, to Market Street. When work is ongoing at Market Street, the closures will again be in place at Riverpointe Plaza and Clark Street, with traffic being diverted onto Riverside Drive. Pedestrian detours will follow the traffic detours when the roads are closed.

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