I-64 in Southern Indiana undergoes construction
The Indiana Department of Transportation is repairing and resurfacing I-64. Construction begins this weekend and stretches six miles. Highway officials have already announced lane closures and ask that drivers plan accordingly. On Sunday morning, the right eastbound lane for two miles near Georgetown will be closed until Monday morning.
FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Construction on I-64 in New Albany, Indiana to Georgetown, Indiana starts this weekend.
"The Indiana Department of Transportation is repairing and resurfacing I-64, about six miles of it, and this will be from State Road 64 to the river bridge going into Kentucky," said Harry Maginity, spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
The construction zone starts at the foot of the Sherman Minton Bridge, on the Indiana state side, and runs north to Georgetown.
INDOT will start the $7.2 million concrete patching and resurfacing project on I-64 Sunday morning.
The first part of the project will include closing the right lane going eastbound, between mile marker 117.5 and 119.5, near Georgetown for two miles.
"So those lanes will be closed from 9 a.m on Sunday morning to 5 a.m. on Monday morning and we will continue to do this during weekends until we get the concrete patching done, except for the .Thunder weekend and the Derby day weekend," said Maginity.
About 44,000 vehicles a day use that stretch of road and officials say it's time for an in-depth repair.
"Well, the interstate highway system is old, you have to keep repairing it and replacing it and that's what we're doing," said Maginity. "If we didn't do it it's going to be a pretty rough ride, plus the maintenance cost keeping that road together would be astronomical. So, it's time to fix it, make it right for the public, make it right for the state of Indiana."
Officials also want to remind drivers that construction zones and lane closures put drivers at higher risks for accidents.
"People need to be aware that speeding is the number one factor, tailgating is a second factor, so leave enough space between cars, and distractions are a third factor," said Maginity.
Highway officials expect to complete the I-64 construction project by October 31st.
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