Weekend and 9-Day Eastbound Closures for Sherman Minton Bridge Delayed

The full weekend directional closures of the Sherman Minton Bridge scheduled to begin November 11 and November 18 have been delayed. The 9-day Eastbound I-64 closure has also been delayed.  The new tentative dates for the Eastbound I-64 closures are as follows:

  • I-64 Eastbound will be closed on or after 10 p.m. on Friday, December 2 to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 5.
  • I-64 Eastbound will be closed on or after 10 p.m. on Friday, December 9 to 5 a.m. on Monday, December 12.
  • I-64 Eastbound will be closed on or after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, December 14 to 4 a.m. Friday, December 23.

If the closures are delayed for any reason, notification will be distributed identifying new times and dates.

The full directional closure will allow crews to work safely performing demolition activities on the lower deck for Phase 2 and to begin construction of the Kentucky crossover for Phase 3.

During eastbound I-64 closures, the I-64 eastbound entrance ramp from West Spring Street will be closed along with the I-64 eastbound to I-264 eastbound ramp.

While the eastbound directional closure is in place, the suggested alternate route will be I-265 and I-65. 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.

Through traffic that bypasses I-265 will not be able to cross the Sherman Minton bridge.  This traffic will be required to exit onto West 5th Street in New Albany and use the local street system to access I-64 westbound, then continue to I-265 and the designated alternate route.

The contractor is permitted to have three weekend closures and one nine-day closure of the bridge in each direction (eastbound and westbound), each calendar year for a total of six weekend closures and two nine-day closures. To date this calendar year, the contractor has performed one weekend closure in each direction.

Each closure requires a notification to be released a minimum of 28 days prior to the closure.  As a result, there may be some overlap between notifications and closure dates.

The project team will continue to share information about the upcoming closures as work progresses and start dates are identified.  More information regarding the allowable closures can be found on the website at https://shermanmintonrenewal.com/traffic-info-closures/.

About The Sherman Minton Renewal Project

The Sherman Minton Renewal is a major bridge rehabilitation and painting project that will significantly extend the life of the 61-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.

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