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KY-22 set to reopen Monday, ahead of schedule

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A once busy roadway in Louisville’s east end is set to be reopened after months of being closed. A once busy roadway in Louisville’s east end is set to be reopened after months of being closed.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Construction crews had to install new culverts in Goose Creek near Springcrest Drive after heavy rains flooded the area in early April. On April 3, those culverts failed causing the road to collapse.

“We were given a situation that we could not anticipate,’” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford.  “Seven inches of rain in 24 hours.”

While construction and road detours have been a hassle for some drivers, other people living near the construction have found a blessing in disguise.

“It's been a blessing and a curse,” said Lisa Crawford,  “When I want to go out to the road and go towards town, there's been much less traffic.”

All along, the goals of work crews have been to open the road to traffic before Jefferson County Public Schools start again on August 12. Officials say the construction is ahead of schedule though, with an expected opening date on Monday, Aug. 10.

“I know all the people coming from Prospect and other places in Oldham county and all the traffic that has been diverted and for all those reasons I'll be glad when 22 opens up again,” Crawford said.

Crews will work through the weekend on paving and installing guard rails to meet that Monday deadline.

“We've seen a lot of neighbors from the other subdivisions nearby and they come by,” Crawford said. “Highway 22 has become a sidewalk. So you get to meet new people and I get to run up in neighborhoods that would normally be unavailable to me.”

More: Kentucky Transportation officials say fixing hole in Hwy 22 will take 'months'

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