Overnight Closures of East End Tunnel
Start Next Week in Jefferson County
Contractor will be inspecting tunnel ventilation fans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists of scheduled overnight closures of the East End Tunnel for next week in Jefferson County. The tunnel’s northbound and southbound bores carry KY 841 (Gene Snyder Freeway) traffic between Louisville and southern Indiana via the Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Ohio River.
The tunnel’s southbound bore will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 11. The road closure for this will be on Indiana State Road 265 East, just after the Old Salem Road interchange. That’s exit 11 for Utica and River Road, the last off-ramp before the bridge. Traffic impacted by this closure should detour using Interstate 65 South to cross the Ohio River into Kentucky.
The tunnel’s northbound bore will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 14. The road closure for this will be on KY 841 North, just after the U.S. 42 interchange. That’s exit 37 for Prospect which is the last off-ramp before the bridge on the Kentucky side. Traffic impacted by the northbound closure should detour using Interstate 71 South to I-65 North to cross the Ohio River into Indiana.
The closures are for contractors to inspect the tunnel’s fans, designed to ventilate the structure in the event of an emergency. Motorists may have noticed the fans mounted from above through the length of both bores. It will be the first in-depth inspection and routine maintenance conducted on the fans since the construction of the tunnel was completed in 2016.
The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Visit goky.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.