Eastbound Interstate 64 just before Story Avenue will be closed during the Friday afternoon rush hour, according to a spokeswoman for the downtown crossing of the Ohio River Bridges Project.
The stretch of interstate closed so construction crews could work in the area. The closure also affects the ramp from north- and southbound I-65 to eastbound I-64.
Crews are hopeful they’ll finish the work Friday night and reopen the interstate.
The bridges project suggests motorists use the Watterson Expressway and northbound I-71 as alternate routes, or I-65 south to the Watterson.
At 4:18 p.m., I-71 was already getting congested, according to Trimarc:
In a news release, the bridges project said:
The closures were put into place late this morning to complete necessary construction work. Demolition work in the area had been halted during the overnight hours and engineers were on site this morning to take a closer look at a beam on the overpass.
Safety is always the top priority for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction and it was determined the work should receive immediate attention.
On-site analysis has been completed, the beam is secure and additional demolition work is underway.
When the demolition is complete and inspectors have completed their examination of the work, the interstate and ramp will reopen to traffic.