Louisville police change Thunder traffic plans

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Making sure a crowd of more than a
half-million people gets out of downtown Louisville with the fewest
amount of problems after Thunder Over Louisville has led police to
make more than 60 changes to its traffic plans.

Lt. Doug Sweeney, head of the Louisville Metro Police traffic
unit, says authorities are expecting some 700,000 people to
converge on downtown for the Saturday air show and nighttime
fireworks show.

The Courier-Journal reports that police will this year be able
to use hand-held devices that will let them change traffic lights
manually as needed.

About an hour before the fireworks, traffic heading into
downtown from the Watterson Expressway on Interstates 64, 71 and 65 will be halted for about 15 minutes so police can prepare for
traffic heading away from downtown after the show.

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