LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving into the next phase of plans to widen a stretch of the Gene Snyder Freeway in Louisville.

The plan calls for I-265 to be widened from Taylorsville Road to the I-71 interchange. The 11-mile stretch would go from four lanes to a total of six lanes.

“I would think that a lot of people sitting in the traffic would be in support of the project but you never know,” KYTC spokesperson Andrea Clifford said.

Currently, the plan sits in the design phase with public input and environmental work still needed.

Unlike many KYTC projects, this plan is essentially a “do or do not.”

“We don't have like two or three alternates like we do a lot of times when we come out to public meetings,” Clifford said. “This is basically, do we need it or not?”

Traffic volumes for 2017 for the corridor ranged from 64,400 to 87,900 vehicles per day. By 2045 those numbers are expected to rise to 87,400 to 162,500 vehicles per day.

Right now, officials from KYTC are seeking public comment on the project.

A public input meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8 from 5 to 7 p.m at Ascension Lutheran Church, located on Shelbyville Road in Louisville.

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