The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of road and ramp closures in conjunction with the 26th annual Thunder Over Louisville, an all-day air show followed by what promoters call “the largest fireworks display in North America” to be staged this Saturday as the kickoff event to 2015’s Kentucky Derby Festival.

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INDOT’s closures begin tomorrow (Thursday) morning.


  • Southbound U.S. 31 closes at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at mile marker 0.5 (at Interstate 65 just north of the Clark Memorial Bridge/Second Street bridge)
  • Northbound and southbound I-65 at Exit 0 at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 18
  • I-65 northbound Tenth Street ramp at 1 p.m. Saturday
These closures begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.


  • I-265 eastbound to I-65 southbound ramp
  • I-265 westbound to I-65 southbound ramp
  • Veterans Parkway to I-65 southbound ramp
  • Lewis & Clark to I-65 southbound ramp
  • Eastern Boulevard to I-65 southbound
  • Tenth Street ramp to I-65 southbound
  • Stansifer Avenue to I-65 southbound ramp
  • I-65 to Stansifer northbound ramp
  • I-65 to Eastern northbound ramp


Indiana State Police patrols will stage a rolling roadblock on southbound I-65 beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday—diverting traffic to I-265.  Once fireworks have concluded, INDOT will reopen I-65 ramps one-at-a-time from south to north under ISP direction.
Thunder Over Louisville attracts more than 600,000 spectators each year.  Some watch from boats and barges on the Ohio River.  Many find vantage points at Jeffersonville and Clarksville, Indiana.