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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- If you're going to be driving the Gene Snyder Freeway near the Shelbyville Rd. interchange next week, you might want to seek an alternate route.
Construction along the Gene Snyder Freeway is ramping up. Starting next week, on Monday, every weekday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., blasting begins -- and it will close the interstate for five to 15 minutes each day.
"We have traffic backed up here most days of the week," said Faye Dykstra, a neighbor in the area. "You can be stuck waiting in traffic in the front of our subdivision for about 20 to 30 minutes before you can even get to the Snyder."
Her subdivision - Beckley Woods - is not far from the Snyder. Drivers can see the freeway from the entrance of the neighborhood on Shelbyville Rd. But soon Faye Dykstra and her neighbors will get some traffic relief. State Highway officials say crews are adding a lane from I-265 to the Shelbyville Rd. exit.
Starting Monday, these crews will begin blasting rock along the Snyder to make way for the additional lane. Interstate traffic in both directions will be stopped periodically.
"Hopefully the interchange will be bigger so the traffic will move more smoothly," said Dykstra.
More traffic than usual will crowd the Snyder and Shelbyville Rd. in May as thousands of visitors flock to Valhalla for the Senior PGA. But Ben Rubin, a spokesman for the PGA Championship, is not worried about construction clogging up the Championship because he's worked out a plan with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
"We've made sure that they're aware of the Championship and they've actually decided to suspend construction during the Championship hours so that construction really won't affect our traffic plan," he said.
But the traffic plan for Gene Snyder drivers will be a hectic one as pavement patching continues.
"I'll take it," said Dykstra. "I'll take it 'cause we need more roads. We need another lane. We need a better interchange."
State officials aren't sure how long construction will last, but they do say they will keep at it until everything is complete.