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State officials plan to widen stretch of I-65 in southern Indiana

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- More lanes are coming to part of I-65 in southern Indiana in an area that's known for heavy traffic. The work is scheduled to begin next month from Sellersburg to the Memphis Road exit, which is south of Henryville. 

Some say two lanes in each direction isn't enough.  

"The last couple years it's gotten real busy," said driver Dave Davis. "Traffic's a lot thicker than it used to be." 

Police have noticed the congestion.

"A portion of that area has actually been designated as one of our high crash areas or high danger zones that we were actually doing some special patrols on," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin. 

INDOT says crews will totally rebuild the road and widen the interstate to a total of six lanes. 

"This road was originally built in 1958," said Harry Maginity, a spokesperson for INDOT. "Obviously, it's had a lot of repairs and work done on it since then but the road bed is pretty well worn out."  

Officials say the price tag is $67 million. The construction is part of the Major Moves 2020 Project funded by the Indiana legislature. 

"We are going to be able to start some construction this fall actually in October by strengthening the shoulders, widening and beefing them up so they can hold traffic next year when we do traffic pattern switches," Maginity said. 

INDOT says the Clark County project design will be created over the winter and the major road work will begin in April of 2016. 

"When we open up that third lane - when it does get finished -- it obviously gives vehicles another way around," Goodin said. "It gives more room for vehicles to be there, we have wider shoulders, wider emergency berms so were really kind of excited that the project's taking place." 

Davis says he's happy that the project is happening too, even with months of construction ahead.  

"We've lived in it for so many years now, we're kind of used to it," he said. 

The project is expected to run through at least 2016. 

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