NEW ALBANY, Ind. – A full weekend directional closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge is scheduled to begin April 29. Eastbound I-64 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 5 a.m. on Monday, May 2.
The full directional closure will allow crews to work safely as they pour the first new concrete for the lower deck.
During the eastbound I-64 closure, the I-64 eastbound entrance ramp from West Spring Street will be closed along with the I-64 eastbound to I-264 eastbound ramp. Motorists not using I-265 will be required to exit onto West 5th Street in Indiana and use the local street system to access I-64 westbound, allowing them to use the alternate route.
While the eastbound directional closure is in place, the suggested alternate route will be I-265 and I-65. The alternate route will allow motorists to access the downtown area for scheduled events. Regional traffic signs and variable message boards will be posted in the project area well in advance, notifying motorists of the closures and alternate route.
As part of the maintenance of traffic plan for construction the design-build contractor team is allowed three full weekend closures of the bridge per year in each direction.
The Sherman Minton Renewal is a major rehabilitation and painting project that will add up to 30 years of life to the 59-year-old Bridge. The double-decked bridge carries six lanes of traffic (I-64 and US 150) over the Ohio River connecting Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN.
Construction on the Sherman Minton Bridge is a multi-phase process, taking place over three construction seasons. To minimize impacts on cross-river commuters in Louisville and Southern Indiana during rehabilitation of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the Project Team is using a low-impact maintenance of traffic approach that ensures at least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open for nearly 95% of the time.
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