Unfamiliar motorists traveling “over the river and through the woods” this Thanksgiving travel holiday are reminded that Interstate 64 is detoured at the Ohio River between southern Indiana and Louisville. I-64 traffic is being detoured over I-265 and I-65 in southern Indiana and Louisville. Southbound I-65 traffic should also anticipate daytime delays and peak Thanksgiving traffic backups in southern Indiana.

The Sherman Minton Bridge carrying I-64 across the Ohio River remains closed through March for structural repairs needed to ensure safety of the motoring public. Prior to the closure, the bridge carried more than 70,000 vehicle trips on an average day.

Due to the increased traffic diverted onto I-65, data provided by INRIX Traffic and Purdue University School of  Civil Engineering show southbound traffic consistently backing up for miles during daylight hours. On the other side, motorists traveling I-65 northbound from Kentucky into Indiana have little more delay than they did prior to the bridge closing. If a backup is encountered on I-65 southbound in southern Indiana, drivers are encouraged to merge safely into the far left lane.

“Unfamiliar motorists traveling the interstate system through Louisville do not know the local routes,” said Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Chief Operating Officer Troy Woodruff. “Both local and through traffic is strongly encouraged to travel during off-peak and overnight hours.”