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Use the Lewis & Clark Bridge to ease Thunder Over Louisville traffic

Leading up to and on Saturday, April 22 motorists will find many changes along the roadways crossing the Ohio River because of Thunder Over Louisville. For example, the Second Street Bridge will have multiple closure dates and times. According to this news article, the Second Street Bridge will be closed during the following times:

  • Thursday, April 20: closes at 9:30 a.m.
  • Friday, April 21: closed
  • Saturday, April 22: closed
  • Sunday, April 23: closed midnight to 2 p.m.

Local commuters and travelers passing through Louisville can use the Lewis & Clark Bridge as an alternative route to pass between Kentucky and Indiana and avoid heavy crowds and traffic downtown during Thunder Over Louisville.

As you can see from the map highlighted in blue, the Lewis & Clark Bridge connects multiple major roadways provides motorists and another way to get from I-65 in Indiana to I-64 or I-71 in Kentucky, for example.

Kentucky: Lane Closures on KY 841

April 13, 2017 -Lane closures on KY 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) northbound and southbound through the tunnel will take place April 14 through the morning of April 16 from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Shoulder work throughout the project limits will also continue.

Indiana: Ramp closure

March 31, 2017 – The ramp from SR-62 westbound to SR-265 westbound will be closed on Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Drivers traveling westbound on Sr-62 will have to utilize the roundabout to access SR-265 westbound.

KENTUCKY: Lane closures on KY 841 & I-265

March 29, 2017 – A right lane closure will take place on Wednesday, March 29 on KY 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) northbound and on I-265 westbound from I-71 to mile marker 8.4 from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

There will be miscellaneous lane closures Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 on KY 841 northbound as well as southbound along with US 42.


Kentucky and Indiana: Lane closures on KY 841 & SR-265

March 22, 2017 – Single lane closures will occur on KY 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) from I-71 through the tunnel to SR-265 at mile marker 8.4 in Indiana. These restrictions will occur in both directions on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Indiana: Lane closures on SR-265

March 21, 2017 – There will be right lane closures on SR-265 eastbound and westbound from mile marker 8.4 to mile marker 12.7 (between I-65 and the Ohio River) between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24.

Kentucky: Lane Closures on KY 841

March 19, 2017 – Lane closures on KY 841 (the Gene Snyder Freeway) northbound and southbound through the tunnel will continue through March 27, 2017 from 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. each day.

Shoulder work throughout the project limits will also continue.

There might be a brief traffic stop (under 10 minutes) on Monday, March 20 at the tunnels for some inspection between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Basketball Fans from Across Kentucky are Indy-Bound

Tolling is in place on two I-65 bridges and new SR 265 Lewis and Clark Bridge

March 16, 2017 –  Basketball fans from across Kentucky are making the drive to Indianapolis for opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament to see their teams in action. The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University play Friday. For many drivers, it will be their first trip across new and improved tolled bridges. All-electronic tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project started in late December.

Tolled bridges include the two I-65 bridges connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana, the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. The new Lewis and Clark Bridge connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind. is also tolled.


Open a RiverLink Account to Pay Lowest Tolls

RiverLink is the name of the new tolling system. There’s no stopping, no slowing, no lines and no coin machines. Toll rates range from $2-$12, depending on the size of vehicle. Drivers with transponders pay the lowest toll rates. It costs $2 to cross a tolled bridge in a passenger vehicle with a prepaid account and transponder, and $4 to cross a tolled bridge without an account and transponder.

Drivers can open a personal account online at or by phone at 855-RIV-LINK. A personal account can include up to four vehicles, with a minimum balance of $20 to open the account. RiverLink transponders are mailed, free of charge, to account holders. The account balance rolls over month to month.

All E-ZPass transponders, including the I-PASS from Illinois and the Indiana Toll Road E-ZPass, work with the RiverLink system. No further action is necessary.


Drivers Without Accounts Receive Invoices
Drivers without transponders will get bills in the mail, and pay higher toll rates. The first RiverLink invoice includes only tolls owed. Bills can be paid online, by mail, by phone or in person at a RiverLink customer service center.

Drivers who do not pay their tolls on time will be charged additional fees and may face restrictions on vehicle registration until tolls and penalties are paid.


RiverLink Transponders

A RiverLink local transponder is free, one per registered vehicle. The small sticker adheres to the inside of the windshield, is non-transferable and will work only on tolled bridges between Louisville and Southern Indiana.

A RiverLink E-ZPass transponder is $15 per transponder. It’s mounted on the inside of the windshield, is portable from vehicle to vehicle registered to a single account and works in all 16 E-ZPass states (



Find more information on RiverLink tolling, including answers to frequently-asked questions, at

Find more details on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project at