Department of Highways, District 5
-64 Ramp from Story Avenue in Jefferson County to be closed temporarily
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2012) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will close temporarily the entrance ramp from Story Avenue to westbound Interstate 64, beginning Monday, Jan. 9, in an effort to reduce traffic crashes.
After the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the exit ramp from westbound I-64 to I-65 was closed to improve traffic flow where these two routes merge with Interstate 71. As a result, the free-flow traffic condition from Story Avenue to I-64 was changed to a short merge condition. To help with traffic control, KYTC installed first a yield sign and subsequently a stop sign at the top of the ramp.
“But we have observed a disregard for the traffic control devices at the Story Avenue ramp resulting in an increase in crashes,” said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways Louisville District. “After reviewing crash data and traffic operations at this location, we decided to close this ramp until the Sherman Minton Bridge reopens.”
Eleven crashes have occurred at the Story Avenue ramp, including eight rear-end collisions, since the Sherman Minton Bridge closed on Sept. 9, 2011. In the three years prior to the bridge closure, two crashes were reported at the same location – both involving alcohol. Approximately 2,700 vehicles use the entrance ramp each day.
KYTC plans to install barricades at the entrance ramp on Monday, Jan. 9. To access westbound I-64, motorists will need to follow Story Avenue to Main Street in downtown Louisville and then access the interstate at 22nd Street.
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