By SHEA VAN HOY
Work is scheduled to begin Sunday on repairs to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge on Interstate 65 over the Ohio River.
The right lane of northbound I-65 will be closed from 8 p.m. Sunday until 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Exit 0 in Jeffersonville will remain open, according to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Work will include structural steel repairs on the Indiana approaches.
Following a break for the Kentucky Derby, the Indiana approach work will resume on southbound I-65. The right southbound lane is scheduled for closure from 8 p.m. May 6 until 8 p.m. May 11. The major bridge construction will begin in mid-June with the bridge being reduced to two lanes in each direction. The John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge carries an average of 136,000 vehicles per day. Work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 15,.
The $18.2 million project involves replacement of stringer bearings beneath the bridge deck, replacement of major expansion joints, concrete patching and installation of an asphalt waterproofing membrane for the driving surface. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is administering a construction contract for steel and deck repairs to the bridge. In addition, ramp bridges in the I-65/I-64 interchange will be repaired. 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.
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