State Road Work Updates, Aug. 17–Dec. 31
- Aug. 17: Road work near UofL to begin (News from Courier Journal)
- Aug 10: Road work to start Aug. 17 (News)
- July 29: State road projects to affect Belknap Campus fall semester (News)(Good Project Overview)
- July 27: Stretch of Eastern Parkway going on a ‘road diet’ (News from Broken Sidewalk)
- Eastern Parkway concept illustration (pdf)
Update: 3:23 p.m., Dec. 15 Because of weather concerns, the west end of Eastern Parkway will remain closed for construction through Sunday, Dec. 20. The section of Eastern Parkway which runs from Third Street to the entrance to the Speed School of Engineering had been scheduled to reopen Thursday, Dec. 17, weather permitting. However, cold temperatures have slowed the paving schedule.
The roadway, consisting of single vehicular lanes and bike lanes in each direction, will reopen by 7 a.m., Monday, Dec. 21.
Update: 2:30 p.m., Dec. 14 Eastern Parkway will be closed for paving and striping between the Speed School entrance and Third Street on Dec. 16, weather permitting. If weather does not permit, paving will take place on the next workday that it does, and the road will be closed then.
During paving, access to the Speed parking lot will be through Brook Street via Warnock Street.
Completion of paving and striping will mark the end of significant construction on the west end of Eastern Parkway, with only landscaping and some minor work remaining. It will be open for two-way traffic once the one-day shutdown is completed.
The Eastern Parkway bridge will be closed much longer than originally scheduled.
Crews tearing out the old bridge structure found significant damage over the CSX railroad tracks that previously was undetectable. That additional damage, plus the winter temperatures that prevent the pouring of concrete, mean that Eastern Parkway from the Speed School entrance east to Hahn Street will remain closed.
The project completion date now is June 2010.
Update: 7 a.m., Nov. 20 The water main break at the entrance to Speed School of Engineering parking lot has been repaired. Eastern Parkway from Third Street to the Speed School is open for access to the parking lot.
Update: 5:32 p.m., Nov. 18 Because of a major water leak, the entrance from Eastern Parkway to the Speed School parking lots will be closed indefinitely beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
Update: 11:07 a.m., Nov. 17 The Department of Highways District 5 Office announces the temporary closure Eastern Parkway (US 60A) between the J.B. Speed School entrance and Third Street. This closure will allow for construction of the entrance to the Speed School parking lot as part of the Eastern Parkway improvement project. The roadway will be closed beginning 6 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 25, and work will continue through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30. There will be no access to the Speed School or any of the parking lots from Eastern Parkway.
Access will be from Warnock Street to South Brook.
These dates coincide with UofL’s Thanksgiving break. The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.
Eastern Parkway is scheduled to reopen before Monday, Nov. 30, classes.
Update: 8:12 a.m., Nov. 13 Work on Eastern Parkway has shifted to the lanes closest to Speed School, and they have been closed to local traffic. Crews have opened the previously closed lanes closest to the Natural Sciences Building, Dougherty Hall and the Grawemeyer Hall parking lot for access to the Speed School’s parking lot.
Update: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 11 The kentucky Transportation Cabinet is posting new exit signs on northbound I-65 at Belknap Campus. The change in the highway exit and Warnock Street configuration requires that the Eastern Parkway exits 133 A and B be relabeled. The new numbering system is 132 for Eastern Parkway and Crittenden Drive and 133 for Warnock Street.
Update: 12:36 p.m., Sept. 30 Eastern Parkway will remain closed at Third Street for another week because of additional construction work needed in and around the tunnels leading to Speed School of Engineering. Eastern Parkway will remain blocked at Third Street until Monday, Oct. 12. Access to the Speed School parking lot will remain open at Brook Street. Parking officials note that some spaces still are available in the Engineering Graphics lot off Third Street just south of Eastern Parkway.
Update: 11:57 a.m., Sept. 22 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Eastern Parkway between Third Street and the entrance to the Speed School parking lot will be closed from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 4.
The closure will allow crews to replace a damaged sewer line that crosses under Eastern Parkway.
Entry to the Speed School lot will be through Brook Street. Drivers should take Warnock Street west to Brook, turn left and follow Brook into the lot.
As an alternative, employees and students may use the Engineering Graphics parking lot off Third Street south of Eastern Parkway.
Eastern Parkway will reopen from Third Street to the Speed School entrance before classes on Monday, Oct. 5. Eastern Parkway from the Speed School entrance east to Hahn Street will remain closed through the end of the year.
Update: 12:53 p.m., Sept. 14. In the interest of clarity, there are two places to cross Eastern Parkway at Speed School. Both are near the traffic light and the crosswalk associated with it. When crossing Eastern Parkway, be alert to the presence of construction vehicles. Two lanes of Eastern Parkway are closed.
Update: 3:40 p.m., Sept. 11. The crossing location for Eastern Parkway is not at the Speed School entrance traffic light. In addition to the crosswalk at Third Street, the construction company has designated a crossing location in front of Ernst Hall, north of the traffic light at the Speed School entrance. Fencing is being erected in the coming days to keep pedestrians out of the construction site. When crossing Eastern Parkway, be alert to the presence of construction vehicles. Two lanes of Eastern Parkway will remain closed.
Update: 8:15 a.m., Sept. 11.Construction has begun on Eastern Parkway, and UofL and state officials ask students, faculty and staff to allow extra time to maneuver around the construction zone. The UofL community is asked to cross Eastern only at Third Street or at the traffic signal between Ernst and W.S. Speed halls. Fencing will be erected in the coming days to keep the community out of the construction site. Two lanes of Eastern Parkway will remain closed.
Update: 5:35 p.m., Sept. 3. Exit 133B from I-65 North at Warnock Street is scheduled to re-open at 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4. Warnock Street will also be re-opened between Arthur Street and Crittenden Drive. A traffic signal has been installed at the interchange, which will provide for left turns from the exit ramp onto Warnock Street. A turning lane has been added to Warnock Street at the entrance ramp to northbound I-65, which will allow for a more easily maneuvered left turn onto the interstate.
Update: 11:44 a.m., Sept. 2. Warnock Street and the I-65 North 133B ramps will be open before the UofL home football game Saturday, Sept. 5.
Starting at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8 and through the end of the year:
Eastern Parkway will be closed between Hahn Street and the entrance to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.
Eastern Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction between the J.B. Speed School entrance and Third Street.
There will be lane closures on Floyd and Brook streets during the project.
Arthur Street will be closed between Warnock Street and Eastern Parkway.
Motorists should follow the signed detour via Crittenden Drive, Central Avenue and Third Street.
Update: 10:15 a.m., Aug. 25. Hahn Street, between Eastern Parkway and Floyd Street, will be closed beginning 7 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, to allow for completion of necessary work before the Eastern Parkway bridge repair and road diet begin. The “diet” will see the number of lanes reduced from four to two.
The contractor plans to open Hahn Street, Warnock Street and the currently closed I-65 exit and entrance ramps to traffic before the first home football game on Saturday, Sept. 5.
If all work is completed on schedule, the contractor plans to begin the closure of the Eastern Parkway bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the day after the Labor Day holiday.
The Eastern Parkway bridge will be closed completely during its repair. At least one lane in each direction of Eastern Parkway between Third Street and the Speed School entrance will remain open to local access traffic.
See Eastern Parkway detour and TARC information.
Update: 7 p.m., Aug. 17. Old Eastern Parkway Closure. Starting at 8 a.m., Aug. 18, Old Eastern Parkway, the road under the Eastern Parkway Bridge that runs between Floyd and Brook Street, will be closed indefinitely as part of the repairs to the Eastern Parkway bridge. Motorists should follow the signed detour via Warnock Street to access South Brook Street.
Road Work Information
Between Aug. 17 and Dec. 31, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be doing road work at Belknap Campus.
First Phase: Aug. 17–Sept. 4
I-65 North and Warnock Street. Closures include: I-65 North Exit 133B (Eastern Parkway west), I-65 North entrance ramp from Warnock Street, Warnock Street between Arthur Street and Crittenden Drive. Also closed: Hahn Street between Eastern Parkway and Floyd Street.
To avoid I-65 North Exit 133B, the state detour will use Exit 133A (Eastern Parkway east). The route will turn left onto Bradley and left onto East Brandeis (which becomes Cardinal Boulevard). East Brandeis/Cardinal Boulevard provides access to Arthur Street, Floyd Street, Third Street and Fourth Street.
Second Phase: Sept. 8 (tentative)–Dec. 31
Eastern Parkway, from Hahn Street to Third Street. Closures include: Eastern Parkway bridge (from Hahn Street to traffic light at J.B. School of Engineering), Arthur Street from Warnock Street to Eastern Parkway, Old Eastern Parkway (viaduct under the bridge).
- TARC Rider Alert for Route #29
- TARC #94 shuttle will operate on its normal route. During times when only one lane of traffic is open on Floyd Street, flagmen on site are to give priority to the shuttle buses.