Caesars Southern Indiana will take a long-anticipated hit when contractors close the eastbound lanes of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the closest – and toll-free – route for gamblers to take from Louisville (to New Albany via I-64, and then S.R. 111 to the casino). The closure will occur, weather-permitting, over a weekend: from 10:00 p.m. Friday, September 9, through 5:00 a.m. Monday, September 12. We’ve long-known that there would be several temporary closures to accommodate the Sherman Minton Renewal project, which began last year and is expected to be finished by fall 2023. When the bridge was completely closed on an emergency basis from September 9, 2011, through February 17, 2012, the Caesars property, then operating as Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana, revenues were down by more than five percent over the year – even as other nearby properties saw revenues grow by almost 10% during the same period . . . so there was a loss of revenue to the Harrison County property of perhaps 12% to 15% during the complete closure. While there are two more bridges from Louisville to Clark County open now that were not operating then, they are further from the casino than the Sherman Minton Bridge, and there is only one other untolled bridge option.