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Repairs on the Kennedy Bridge will cause lane closures this week.

Crews are replacing bearings on the span, and work near the Kentucky shore will require traffic to be limited to one lane in each direction overnight Tuesday and Wednesday. Lanes will close at 9 pm and reopen at 5 am. Ramp closures will continue during this time as well.

In the daytime, the outermost lanes will be closed from 9 am to 3 pm Wednesday, but ramps will remain open.

Heavier construction is slated for the middle of next month.

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