The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge shown in front of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. | Courtesy of The Ohio River Bridges Project
The new Abraham Lincoln Bridge shown in front of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. | Courtesy of The Ohio River Bridges Project

Traffic currently going southbound on Interstate 65 over the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge will shift to the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge early Wednesday morning.

The Lincoln Bridge, which opened last week, will carry two lanes of traffic south on Interstate 65 starting by 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

One lane of the Kennedy Bridge will remain open for the next month. It will carry traffic from Interstate 65 southbound to Interstate 64 eastbound and Interstate 71 northbound, the release states.

The Kennedy Bridge will close completely in February for $22 million worth of improvements and will partly reopen about six months later.

Several other traffic changes will take place in conjunction with the Kennedy Bridge lane closures.

At 9 p.m. the night before shift, the exit from Interstate 65 southbound to Interstate 64 westbound will close. The exit will reopen in late summer 2016.

Exit 0 on Interstate 65 southbound will close by 5 a.m. Tuesday and will remain closed for good. Drivers going south will need to use Exit 1 to access U.S. 31 South or other destinations in Jeffersonville, Ind.

At the same time, the ramp from U.S. 31 South to Court Avenue in Jeffersonville will reopen after being closed since this summer.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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