Officials Say Traffic Plan Works Well, Significant Changes Unlikely

by Gabe Bullard on September 14, 2011

The traffic plan for getting around the Sherman Minton Bridge has been tweaked over three days and further alterations are unlikely.

The plan reroutes traffic to the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges in downtown Louisville. Officials spent Monday and Tuesday adjusting the ramps, availability of exits and the number of lanes in each direction. Among the most notable changes to the traffic plan are the decision to run two lanes of traffic in each direction on the Clark Memorial Bridge in the evenings (three lanes are southbound in the mornings) and to widen the I-265 ramps in Indiana.

City and state officials staffed the makeshift traffic center in Louisville for two days, but stopped giving daily scheduled media briefings after Tuesday afternoon.

“We kind of overstaffed it at first, which was kind of a good idea. We wanted to make sure if we had areas we didn’t cover that we’d have additional personnel, and we’ve kind of shifted things around,” says Louisville Metro Police Department Lieutenant Doug Sweeney. He adds that the plan is now working better than expected, and he doesn’t expect to make any more changes.

Sweeney says the LMPD is not letting its guard down, though. Officers will remain on watch to adjust traffic as necessary to cope with accidents or any other delays.

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