There has been talk for years on building the East End bridge to connect I-265 across the Ohio River to the east of this bridge. There has also been talk on building a four tower cable stayed bridge beside the JFK bridge for northbound traffic. I'd say the building the East End bridge first would be important to see how it may relieve congestion from this bridge and see if there is really need for a northbound I-65 bridge.
Interesting note. There was no official name for the bridge...just I-65 bridge. It had just openend when JFK was assasinated, thus it the got christened the JFK Memorial bridge.
This bridge will be closed Saturday night from 8:00 Pm to 10:30 Pm for Thunder over Louisville. Just curious is this the only interstate bridge that is shut down for a event like this?
The state of Kentucky has been trying unsucessfully for the past 7 years to paint this bridge. State inspectors were caught taking bribes from the first contractor, and the state kicked the contractor off the job. The contractor sued the state for breach of contract. The second contractor couldn't complete the job and was fired. The state is now trying to find bidders for the job, but in the most recent bidding, only one contractor bid on the job. Meanwhile, the Kennedy Bridge continues to be a rusty eyesore. Let's hope they can figure out a way to get it painted before it crumbles and falls into the river.