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Road construction put on hold during holiday season

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The absence of construction crews may alleviate some traffic issues in the area over the holidays. The absence of construction crews may alleviate some traffic issues in the area over the holidays.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Most major construction projects around Kentucky have been put on hold to help drivers during the holiday commute.

"This has been the busiest construction season Louisville has seen in over five decades," said Mindy Peterson with the Ohio River Downtown Bridges Project.

She says drivers are getting a break and from now until Jan. 4, there will be no new ramp or road closures.

"They don't have to worry about what closures they're going to come across in connection with the downtown crossing," said Peterson.

It's a total shutdown for Walsh Construction, but the deadline to finish the bridge is April 2016.

"They wouldn't be taking this time off if it was going to be affecting the schedule in a negative way,” said Peterson talking about the crews. “So obviously we know that we're in good shape with the project and timeline that we've given."

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is also suspending most projects through the holidays. Certain work on I-65 in Bullitt County will stop for at least two days.

"People want things to be done and they don't understand why work can be done and lanes can be closed but yet you don't see any workers," said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for KYTC District 5.

Just because some projects are going to be put on hold that does not necessarily mean that your drive time will improve. In fact, several areas will still have delays.

"There will not be actual work going on, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but the lane closures will still be in place," said Bullock.

The big squeeze in Indiana won't shift either, but at least crews will not be near the bridge.

"You shouldn't have to worry about closures in connection to the downtown crossing, so we're taking one thing off the plate," said Peterson.

Other project sites where construction is suspended for the holiday but delays may occur because of lane closures or restrictions include:

  • U.S. 127- Louie B. Nunn-Cumberland Parkway, Russell County – The speed limit is reduced near the interchange project. U.S. 127 is 35 mph and the parkway is 55 mph through this project.
  • U.S. 42, Jefferson County – Reduced to one lane at the bridge over Beargrass Creek where East Main Street becomes Mellwood Avenue (mile point 0.2) due to bridge replacement. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph in the work zone.
  • KY 61, Bullitt County – Construction delays possible from Hillbrook Drive to just north of John Harper Highway (mile point 17.8 to 19.3) due to roadway widening and realignment. Traffic is being detoured onto a portion of the new roadway between Bells Mill Road and Hillbrook Drive.
  • Interstate 71, Oldham County – Lane closures and delays possible in both directions between mile points 22 and 20 due to construction of a bridge over the interstate. Lane closures are possible evenings from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning. The speed limit in the work zone is reduced to 60 mph.
  • KY 114, Magoffin and Morgan counties – Guardrail end treatment replacement project underway on the Mountain Parkway Extension and U.S. 460 in Magoffin and Morgan counties. Possible lane or shoulder closures in the work zone.
  • Eggners Ferry Bridge, Marshall and Trigg counties – The U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge will be closed starting promptly at 9 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Dec. 23, for an overnight closure. The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. CST Wednesday morning. There will be a marked detour between Cadiz and Aurora via Interstate 24 and the Purchase Parkway.
  • Downtown Crossing, Jefferson County – No new interstate or ramp closures related to the Downtown Crossing are scheduled Dec. 22-Jan. 4. Long-term lane restrictions and closures will, however, remain in place. Travelers can find a list of continuing closures on the latest Look Ahead advisory, by clicking here.
  • KY 1972, Garrard County – Bridges over Gilbert's Creek at mile point 1.76 and over Branch of Gilbert's Creek at mile point 2.1 are reduced to one lane. A 3-ton weight limit is in place for both bridges. Motorists can use KY 52 as an alternate route.
  • U.S. 60, Rowan County – All U.S. 60 traffic on May Road near Hayes Crossing, has been shifted north onto a temporary diversion route adjacent to a bridge as work to replace it takes place.
  • KY 7, Elliott County – Five miles of KY 7 is being rebuilt from just north of KY 706 to the Elliott-Carter county line. Motorists should expect possible lane closures and lane shifts. Motorists should also expect rough pavement on existing KY 7 in some areas, especially near Hilltop.
  • I-69/Pennyrile Parkway Interchange, Hopkins County – Travelers restricted to one lane for northbound and southbound traffic along the Pennyrile Parkway.
  • KY 15, Breathitt County – Possible delays due to a rockfall mitigation project on an adjacent highway.

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