Date(s) In Effect: July 2, 2021 12:00 am
Lanes to Remain Closed on the Kennedy Bridge in Downtown Louisville
Continued lane closures needed for expansion joint repair
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists of the continued closure of the three left lanes of the I-65 Kennedy Bridge in Louisville.
In June, a KYTC crew and bridge inspectors from a consultant engineering firm inspected and performed preventative maintenance work on the bridge. During the inspection, it was discovered that bolts holding down the top and bottom plates of the expansion joint were damaged beyond use. Consequently, the joint is no longer functioning as intended and is not suitable for live traffic until crews can effectively reassemble and re-secure the loose finger joint plates with new custom bolts.
KYTC worked with a local vendor to requisition approximately 200 custom-made, high-strength, pre-tension steel bolts. Crews are waiting for the bolts to be manufactured and delivered. When the new bolts arrive, the repair crew will be immediately mobilized to complete the specialized repair. The bridge deck will be test-drilled next week to help determine time required to complete the repair.
The lane closures, beginning at mile marker 137.1 near the Indiana approach, will be in place until further notice until a repair can be completed. Expansion joints allow the bridge to expand and contract with temperature. The structural integrity of the bridge is not affected by the joint, and lanes will remain closed to avoid damage to vehicles traveling over the bridge.
The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5