LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All lanes on the Second Street Bridge are back open, and they're scheduled to stay that way until mid-February.

Beginning in September, a painting project on the 89-year-old bridge forced crews to shut it down to traffic every night, beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the next day. The shutdown was implemented as a safety measure after several crashes took place, but it hurt drivers' wallets, as many had to cross other bridges that impose tolls.

But the closures have stopped for winter after temperatures became too cold to repaint the steel truss.

All four lanes are back open, as are the sidewalks. However, it won't last forever. The nightly closures are expected to resume in mid-February, when painting work resumes.

The project won't be finished until November 2019.

Crews will be cleaning up some items on the bridge this week, so drivers are asked to keep an eye out for them on the sidewalks.

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