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Public Works & Assets Newsroom - 2011 Archive

Holiday Garbage, Recycling Collection Changes
A reminder to residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits) that there will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Service for residents with Monday collection will resume the following week.

New Year's Day, King Holidays Affect Garbage Collection Schedule
The official New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 will affect garbage, recycling and yard waste collection for some residents in the Urban Services District (old city limits).

Christmas tree recycling
After the holidays, residents are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees, turning them into nutrient-rich mulch for free.

Seventh Street Now Open
Seventh Street, north of Main Street, will open to traffic today , Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. as restoration work at the site of the former Museum Plaza project nears completion.

Work Begins to Replace City Hall Fire Escape
A highly-visible feature of Louisville’s City Hall is getting a makeover. A new exterior stair tower will replace the old fire escape, built during the 1940’s, on the north side of the building.

Mayor Declares City Ready for Winter Weather
Surrounded by members of Louisville’s nearly 300-strong Snow Team and a fleet of snow-fighting equipment, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the city is ready for winter weather. The Louisville Metro snow team consists of nearly 300 employees from three agencies---Metro Public Works, Solid Waste Management Services and Metro Parks. It has 169 pieces of equipment in its snow-fighting fleet, ready to treat and clear more than 2,700 two-lane miles of roads. Several successful components of past snow and ice removal plans are returning this year, including overnight shifts for Public Works crews and the interactive, online snow map.

Free Leaf Drop-off Site
Citizens will have the opportunity to drop off their loose leaves at the free Autumn Leaf Drop-off Site beginning October 31st -- December 3rd.

Two Free Tire Amnesty Events
Two upcoming tire amnesty events will provide private citizens and some businesses the opportunity to dispose of tires free of charge.

Free Junk Drop-off Day
Free Junk Drop-Off Day, Sunday, October 23rd

Work To Restore 7th Street Scheduled To Begin
Work To Restore 7th Street Scheduled To Begin

Free Shredding Event
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft With A Free Shredding Event

Plans Announced for Sherman Minton Bridge Repairs
Governor Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said today the two states have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman-Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis. The bridge will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take approximately six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion.

Inspectors find no problems with Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges
The two bridges that remain open between Louisville and Southern Indiana show no structural problems from the extra traffic they are carrying since the forced closure of the Interstate-64 Sherman Minton Bridge last weekend, Kentucky bridge inspectors have found. Two crews of inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Highways, led by Chief Bridge Inspector Jeff Sams, this week examined both the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge and the Clark Memorial Bridge and reported “no remarkable findings or changes” from each bridge’s most recent scheduled inspection.

Construction to Resume on Interstate System in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists that construction will resume this week on Interstates 64 and 71. Work on these routes had been postponed in the wake of the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge which carries Interstate 64 over the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. Asphalt paving operations will begin again on I-64 between I-65 and the Cochran Hill Tunnels (mile points 4.9 and 8.40). Lane closures are possible Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 p.m. each evening until 6:00 a.m. the following morning and Friday- Saturday from 10:00 p.m. each evening until 9:00 a.m. the following morning. The speed limit in this work zone is 55 MPH. Work has also started again on I-71 for asphalt resurfacing and bridge deck restoration. This project extends from Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville to Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway). Evening lane closures are possible weeknights from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning.

Traffic Changes Continue in Response to Closing of Sherman Minton Bridge
Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials continue to monitor and adjust traffic plans to manage traffic congestion due to the closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Indiana. The congestion affects traffic throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana region, not just those commuting across the Ohio River.

Interstate 265 Ramp Widening Begins
To improve traffic flow during the Sherman Minton Bridge closure, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is expanding I-265 ramps at I-64 and I-65 from one to two lanes. Starting today, motorists should anticipate delays between the morning and evening rush hours while paving and striping crews work in the area.

Interstate 71 to Be Reduced to One Lane in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists that Interstate 71 will be reduced to one lane between Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville and Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway). Weekday lane closures will take place as part of the construction project to resurface the roadway and perform bridge deck repairs.

Widening Project to begin on KY 22 in Jefferson County
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction on KY 22 between Chamberlain Lane and Murphy Lane (mile points 4.0 and 5.6). Work is scheduled to begin later this week to widen KY 22 to three lanes in each direction between Chamberlain Lane and KY 1694. The section of roadway between KY 1694 and Murphy Lane will be widened to a three-lane section that includes a center turn lane. Right turn lanes will be constructed at key locations. Kelsey Construction LLC of Shepherdsville, KY was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $6.3 million. The work is scheduled for completion in November of 2012. Two-way traffic will be maintained between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. each day. Motorists should watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Lane closures may occur in the evening and overnight hours with traffic being directed by flaggers.

SummerWorks Youth Cleaning Up Neglected Lots in Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer spent time today with some of the young adults who are working for Metro Government through the KentuckianaWorks SummerWorks2011 jobs program and helping keep the city clean and neat this summer. The mayor met with young workers at one of the job sites, 2128 W. Jefferson St.

Metro Public Works and Assets Audit Complete
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today the operational review of Louisville Metro Public Works and Assets is complete and the city is already moving forward to implement some of the more than 90 recommendations outlined in the audit.

Ramp Improvements to Begin on Interstate 265 at US 31E
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction at the interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and US 31E (Bardstown Road). Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 5th to improve traffic flow along US 31E on the north side of this interchange. A third lane will be constructed on southbound US 31E between the entrance to Kroger and the I-265 interchange. This lane will allow free flow movements for motorists accessing I-265 by having them bypass the traffic signal with the westbound exit ramp. A barrier wall will separate this lane of traffic from the two through lanes on southbound US 31E. In addition, the exit ramp from westbound I-265 to US 31E will be widened to accommodate two left turn lanes and one right turn lane.

Logjam at Harrod’s Creek Cleared
Work to remove a massive logjam that blocked a portion of Harrod’s Creek near U.S. Highway 42 is nearly complete, allowing boaters to once again access the Ohio River. Metro Public Works and Assets worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to secure funding through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program, under the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to remove the logjam. The EWP program funds 75-percent of the work needed to remove the debris. The remaining 25-percent was funded by Metro Councilman Kelly Downard, (R-District 16).

Metro Agencies Team up with Private Arborists to Improve Louisville’s Trees
Arborists from throughout Louisville Metro are teaming up to improve the health of downtown trees. The project, involving over 250 trees that line Roy Wilkins Avenue between I-64 and Broadway including Old Walnut and Baxter parks, offers important environmental and aesthetic benefits. Employees from Arbor Works, Limbwalker, Nelson, Wright, Green Haven, Townsend and Bob Ray tree service companies are donating their time to prune healthy trees and remove dead ones. They will join city employees from Metro Parks and Public Works. The Arborist Day of Service will result in over 200 hours of labor valued at approximately $20,000, including equipment.

Federal Funds Will Clean-Up Flood Debris on Harrods Creek
A massive logjam clogging Harrod’s Creek will soon be removed, thanks to federal funding secured by the city, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday. Large trees, limbs and other debris from flooding this spring is blocking part of the creek near U.S. Highway 42, preventing boats from passing through to the Ohio River.

Safely Dispose of Old Medications
Louisville residents can safely get rid of their unused and expired medications during the bi-annual drug toss at three locations on April 9.

Interchange Improvements to Begin on Interstate 265 at US 60
The Department of Highways District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction at the interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and US 60 (Shelbyville Road). Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday evening, March 22nd to perform interchange improvements that will enhance capacity and safety. In addition, asphalt resurfacing will occur on I-265 between Interstate 64 and US 60 (mile points 25.4 and 26.7). On average, 76,000 vehicles travel this section of roadway each day. Gohmann Asphalt and Construction was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $7.34 million. The work is scheduled for completion by November 30, 2011.

Mayor Fills Pothole During Citywide Blitz
Mayor Greg Fischer today filled a pothole on Southern Parkway as part of Louisville Metro Public Works’ seasonal community-wide pothole blitz.