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Officials considering public input for proposed I-71 widening project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Transportation officials are considering input from the community on a proposal to widen a stretch of I-71. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is gathering feedback on whether to expand the highway from the Gene Snyder Freeway to the Crestwood Exit in Oldham County.

It's currently only 2 lanes in each direction but the proposal would expand the 5 mile stretch to 3 lanes.

Right now about 60 thousand cars travel that stretch daily. 

"We've seen a major increase in the traffic volume on I-71 in the last 10 years, to the tune of about 8,000 cars per day, increased from 10 years ago," said Ky. Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman Andrea Clifford. "And we feel the volume could increase with the opening of the East End Bridge. There will be people coming over from Indiana, accessing 71 headed north, so it's more of a capacity driven project."

You can still weigh in. Written comments will be accepted for the next 15 days at the District 5 office on Westport Road.

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