Two major construction projects are underway this summer on I-65 in Louisville.
John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge Repairs
This project involves repairs to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge on Interstate 65 over the Ohio River. Repairs will also be performed on ramp bridges in the I-65/I-64 interchange. The project area will be along I-65 from the Main Street overpass in Louisville to the north end of the bridge in southern Indiana (mile points 136.2 to 137.3).
The $18.2 million project involves replacement of the stringer bearings beneath the bridge deck, replacement of major expansion joints, concrete patching and installation of an asphalt waterproofing membrane concrete paving for the driving surface.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge carries an average of 136,000 vehicles per day.
MAC Construction and Excavating, of Louisville, is the contractor. Work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 15, 2012.
- Southbound Interstate 65 will be reduced to one lane on the John F. Kennedy Bridge (mile points 136.5 to 137.3). Contract crews will be making concrete repairs to a small hole in the pavement. This work is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 until 5:00 a.m. on Friday, October 26.
Interstate 65 Pavement Replacement
This project involves total pavement replacement and other improvements on a 4.2-mile stretch of Interstate 65. The project area is along I-65 from just north of the Watterson Expressway (I-264) to the Chestnut Street overpass near “Hospital Curve” (mile points 131.2 to 135.4).
Work began in late March on this $21.7 million project which involves removal of the old asphalt pavement, down to the concrete base, and replacing it with eight inches of asphalt, including a waterproofing mixture on the surface. It also involves construction of a higher median barrier. In addition, concrete patching and a waterproofing overlay will be performed on 42 bridges – 21 in each direction – throughout the project limits.
Lane closures are possible weeknights from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. the following day. On weekends, lane closures are possible from 7 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Monday.
To help reduce congestion and provide for a safer work zone, tractor-trailers will be required to detour the project area on weekends when lane closures are in place.
Trucks traveling northbound on I-65 will be detoured via westbound I-264 to eastbound I-64, from which they can access I-65 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. Trucks traveling south from southern Indiana will be detoured via westbound I-64 to eastbound I-264, from which they can access I-65 near Louisville International Airport and the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each end of the project to enforce this detour.
The construction contract permits each side of I-65 to be closed entirely for a weekend – one weekend northbound and another weekend for southbound – in the latter stages of the project. A total closure is needed for application of an asphalt waterproofing surface. The project completion date is Sept. 30, 2012. The contractor is Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc.