Sherman Minton Bridge ramp improvements scheduled to begin to prepare for construction

By Andrea Brady, Building Kentucky

Construction work designed to improve alternate routes on the Sherman Minton Bridge will begin the evening of Tuesday, July 13. The ramp improvements are being made to prepare for the first phase of the rehabilitation, which will include the first half of eastbound construction on the lower deck and painting of the bridge trusses.

What to expect

Ramp shoulders at the I-65 / I-265 interchange and the I-64 / I-265 interchange will be modified to accommodate additional traffic. I-65 and I-265 will serve as a detour route while lanes are restricted on the Sherman Minton Bridge when construction starts in the coming weeks. 

The ramp improvements are scheduled to take approximately one to two weeks to complete and will require nighttime lane closures and/or ramp closures to construct. Temporary signed detours will be in place during ramp closures. The timeline is subject to change due to weather or other delays. 

I-64 westbound and I-65 southbound will be reduced to two lanes in the areas described below to accommodate the additional ramp lanes merging onto the freeway.

Ramp movements and interstate lanes that will be affected by the construction

 I-65 / I-265 Interchange

  • I-265 east to I-65 south ramp
  • I-65 south reduced to 2 lanes at I-265 overpass

I-64 / I-265 Interchange

  • I-265 to I-64 west ramp
  • I-64 east and west to I-265 ramp
  • I-64 westbound reduced to 2 lanes at Captain Frank Road

Reduced speed signs will be posted during construction in these areas and workers will be present. Please be safe, obey all signage and don’t drive distracted.

What’s next

Following completion of the ramp improvements, lane restrictions will begin on the Sherman Minton Bridge, which will reduce both eastbound and westbound traffic to two lanes in each direction, for painting and deck replacement preparations. A detailed update on this work will be provided prior to the commencement of construction.

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