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I-65 construction could cause traffic backups

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Big traffic changes are coming our way starting Friday that will be here until September.

Starting March 30, there will be 24-hour lane closures--but luckily--those will only last a few weeks, during a 6 month project.

Road construction will take over a 4-mile stretch of I-65 between downtown and the Watterson Expressway. Concrete barriers will be replaced and made taller--to meet federal standards. Then all of the asphalt will be stripped down to the concrete. The first phase starts Friday night, March 30. "During this first 9 days the left lanes will be closed," said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, " so it will affect morning and afternoon commutes."

Because of the lane closures, tractor-trailers will have to detour. The $21 million dollar project on I-65 will not be finished until September.

None of the construction will affect any kentucky derby festival events, in fact all of the construction on the first phase of the project has to be done before thousands of people come downtown to watch Thunder over Louisville. The construction will not pick back up until after the Kentucky Derby."

Unlike the first phase of the project--the lane closures will be restricted to nights and weekends after May 7th. The bad news comes when work on the Kennedy Bridge starts--which will overlap the I-65 project.

"We're trying to coordinate that, to where we're not impacting taffic too much," said Clifford.

Closer to completion, all lanes on each side of I-65 will be shut down for a weekend--one weekend for northbound, the other for southbound.

"We have to keep working on them every so many years to keep them maintained and in good shape for the public," said Clifford. 

A familiar contractor will be working on I-65, Hall Contracting, which repaired the Sherman Minton Bridge and is also working on the Eggner's Ferry Bridge.

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