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April 10, 2014

Clark Memorial Bridge lane restriction ahead in Jeffersonville

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction Sunday

JEFFERSONVILLE — Another lane restriction will soon be in place on the Indiana approach to the Clark Memorial Bridge.

The bridge closed to traffic Thursday morning in preparation for Thunder Over Louisville. When the bridge reopens Sunday, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The restrictions cover nearly 1,200 feet, stretching from just south of Court Avenue to the bridge. The outside lanes will be closed in both directions, restricting traffic to the inside lanes.

The existing four travel lanes on the bridge and the Kentucky approach will not be affected during the work to preserve the historic elements of the approach.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on the southbound side of the bridge as work is done on the northbound side.

Crews with Walsh Construction are placing a second row of concrete barriers on the southbound side of the bridge to create a safe pathway for pedestrians. The created pathway, which will be in place when the bridge reopens Sunday, will extend from the Indiana approach to the southbound sidewalk of the bridge.

During the restrictions, Walsh Construction crews are dismantling historic decorative pylons, limestone block walls and railing that surround the existing bridge. The elements are being incorporated into the newly constructed bridge approach.

The restrictions will remain in place until the planned closure of the Clark Memorial Bridge. The preparatory work that started last month will help limit the amount of time the bridge will be closed, according to a press release issued by the Ohio River Bridges Project Downtown Crossing.

The Clark Memorial 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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