SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials are planning a new exit to route drivers on and off I-65 in Bullitt County -- and authorities say it will have an impact on more than just traffic.
The planned interchange will be located about a mile from the Bullitt County welcome center on southbound I-65. It is expected to bolster the economic boom in the area.
The exit will be in Shepherdsville between exits 112 and 116. The road will lead employees straight to the Cedar Grove Business Park, which is home to major employers like Amazon and Walmart.
The project was approved in 2016.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded the contract to Louisville Paving to create the new roads that will ease the constant traffic jam at the other nearby exits.
On Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and other state officials announced details of the project and expressed the importance of keeping up with the growing economy. Officials say they're hopeful the roads will not only ease thousands of employees' commutes to work, but also attract new businesses and keep the current ones flourishing.
"People want good jobs, and these buildings we were just looking at afford people that," Bevin said. "And our responsibility, as noted by Secretary Thomas, is to use the resources we have, limited as they may be, as wisely as we can, to make sure we create literal on-ramps to the American dream."
The project is estimated to cost $26 million and will add a standard diamond interchange, as well as a connector road from westbound I-65 to Preston Highway, and eastbound I-65 to Cedar Grove Business Park.
Construction will start this month and could take two years to finish, with several months of Preston Highway closures during the summer.
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