Department of Highways, District 5
Delineator Posts to be installed on the John F. Kennedy Bridge
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2012) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will be installing new delineator posts on Interstate 65 across the John F. Kennedy Bridge to help improve traffic flow due to the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. These devices will separate the right lane from the left and center lanes on southbound I-65 and prevent motorists from cutting over at the last minute to exit onto Interstates 64 and 71.
The Indiana Department of Transportation installed tubular markers for lane separation in the first few days following the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The 2-foot tall markers were damaged or destroyed by vehicles changing lanes and running over the devices.
“We have received numerous requests from the public to replace the damaged markers,” said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways Louisville District. “We researched various devices and purchased some taller delineator posts that will be more visible to motorists and are more durable.”
KYTC crews will be installing 4-foot tall delineator posts this evening, Thursday, January 5th. Work will begin on the Indiana side of the bridge at 8:00 p.m. and move south. Lane closures will be necessary and the exit ramp from southbound I-65 to I-64/I-71 will be closed for a portion of this time. All lanes and ramps should be re-opened by 2:00 a.m.
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