I-65 Southbound Section Was Nearing Completion

Carpenters form retaining wall on Southbound I-65 near Slugger Field
Carpenters form retaining wall on Southbound I-65 near Slugger Field

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During the last days of construction of Phase One, Section One, of the I-65 Southbound Section, on the Ohio River Bridges Project the activity was fast and furious. There were areas that needed to be paved and concrete forms that needed building in order to stay on schedule and have it open for traffic by Sunday night.

In some of the following photos of the I-65 Southbound Section you will see areas that were almost completed and had the yellow and white traffic lane lines in place. In others the people were hard at work putting the finishing touches on their work.

Everyone was working long hours on the I-65 Southbound Section as the schedule was for 24 hours a day so the crews were constantly moving. In this group of photos you can see the amount of progress that was made in a single day. I was there early in the morning to catch the first light of day and returned in early evening to capture the progress and take advantage of the sunset light in the sky and clouds.

All the images in this post are HDR images from three frame bracket sets of +2, 0 and -2 EV exposures that were then merged in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and finished with Aperture 3. Using HDR techniques allows me to capture the broad dynamic range that exists at these times of day and to then use the tone mapping tools to reveal details in the shadows while also capturing the vibrance in the clouds and sky.

Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65
Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65

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Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 near Witherspoon Street just before it was opened to traffic.
Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 near Witherspoon Street just before it was opened to traffic.

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Looking south on the new section of southbound I-65 near Witherspoon Street just before it was opened to traffic.
Looking south on the new section of southbound I-65 near Witherspoon Street just before it was opened to traffic.

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Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 #2
Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 #2

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Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 #2
Looking north on the new section of southbound I-65 #2

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