The Sept. 9 closure of a key I-64 bridge over the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky could pose some challenges for those attending RVIA’s 49th Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Just how much depends on whom you talk to.
Crews this week are preparing the nearly 50-year-old Sherman Minton Bridge, which was unexpectedly closed Sept. 9 after several cracks were found in steel support beams for an elaborate $13.9 million fix. The repairs will add 2.4 million pounds of new steel plating along both sides of the 1,600-foot span. Around-the-clock efforts are expected to lead to a March reopening.
In the interim, it’s fair to say, the closure of the I-64 bridge, one of three spanning the Ohio River at Louisville, has frustrated commuters who have been largely funneled over to the I-65 bridge at Clarksville, Ind.
Don’t worry about it, says one unnamed Louisville Metro Police Department official consulted Monday (Nov. 7) by RVBUSINESS.com. He claims things are moving smoothly, even in the morning and evening rush hours. Just plan a little extra time for the commute to the Kentucky Exposition Center, he suggested, and you’ll be fine.
“Well, it’s been two months and, right now, the traffic’s been moving smoothly for work hours in the morning and at night,” he said. “It’s not a big deal. It might take a little more time than if the other (I-64) bridge was open. But the way that they’ve rerouted traffic – you can either still go I-65 or the Clark Memorial Bridge off of Second Street — I wouldn’t see where you’re going to have much problem.”
However, another Louisville Metro spokesman who also asked that her name not be used, was a bit more direct. “The bridge traffic is pretty awful,” she told us. “Oh my gosh, depending on what time of day, you can be on that (I-65) bridge for an hour. It’s 80 different kinds of awful.”