By MATT THACKER
NEW ALBANY —
Things are getting back to normal in Kentuckiana as the Sherman Minton Bridge reopened last night 160 days after a crack was found in a structural support beam.
Todd Antz, owner of Keg Liquors, felt the effects of the bridge closure and is pleased it opened early. He believes they will see an immediate bounce in sales this week.
“With the bridge going down in New Albany, we actually saw a slowdown in Clarksville too,” Antz said. “People were so frustrated with traffic, they were just trying to get home.”
New Albany businesses are planning a bridge-opening celebration for the first weekend in March. Local wineries and breweries will offer samplings, and there will be live music. Antz said they hope to encourage people to return to New Albany.
Some stores in New Albany are already offering bridge-opening discounts.
In addition to the bridge, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews have completed the re-striping on the entrance ramp from Story Avenue to westbound I-64, and restriping work and barricades have been removed on the westbound I-64 ramp to I-65. The ramps were re-opened by Friday afternoon.
TARC resuming normal services
Transit Authority of River City, which oeprates five cross-river bus routes, announced it will resume normal services between Louisville and Southern Indiana this week.
Two routes connecting Louisville and New Albany — No. 22 (22nd Street) and No. 73x (Charlestown Road Express) — will once again cross the river using Interstate 64 after being detoured because of the bridge closure. The first trips will take place Monday.
Updated maps, schedules, fare purchases and easy trip planning using Google Maps are available at www.ridetarc.org. For customer service, call 502-585-1234.