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I-65 Ramp Reopenings Delayed Again

For the second time this week, the reopening of a busy portion of Louisville’s Spaghetti Junction has been delayed.The exit ramps from Interstate-65 northbound to I-64 west and east and northbound I-71 have been closed since June 25 as part of the larger Kennedy Bridge repair project.Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the contractor first planned to reopen the interchange this past Monday morning, then postponed it until Wednesday.   Now, there’s been another delay and the reopening has been moved to Thursday morning at 5:00."We had really wanted this set of ramps to be open within 15 days, but when the contactor got in there, the conditions of the roadway were worse than we thought.    And we definitely wanted it repaired correctly so it can stand up to traffic for many years to come," she said.Clifford says the contractor, MAC Construction, won’t be penalized for the delay on the ramp work.The larger repair project is scheduled for completion in mid-August.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.