$91 million project to widen Gene Snyder Freeway has some residents concerned

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An 11-mile stretch of Gene Snyder Freeway in Louisville could be getting wider.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning a $91 million project to widen I-265 from I-71 to Taylorsville Road. The proposal would expand the section from two lanes to three lanes in both directions.

KYTC held a public meeting Tuesday night to get feedback on the project. Cabinet Spokesperson Andrea Clifford said the road widening is needed because of traffic volume in the area.

"The plan is to widen into that grassy median that currently exists, so we wouldn't be moving lanes closer to homes along the corridor," Clifford said.

The construction of the Lewis and Clark Bridge has also increased traffic through the area. Some residents who live along the highway are concerned about the sounds the project could bring with it. One of those residents was Connie Creak, who attended the meeting with several of her neighbors.    

"The noise would even get worse if you build a lane,” Creak said.

The proposal includes sound barrier walls for most of the 11-mile stretch, including near Creak’s home. Residents want to make sure the sound barriers are not removed from the plan.

Eddie Hardimon, who drives the stretch of highway every day, wants construction to begin as soon as possible.

“The project, I think, is necessary,” Hardimon said. “It's just a fact of the matter whether you want to suffer the inconvenience of doing it now or suffer a larger inconvenience later on.”

The funding for the project has not been approved. It could take several years before construction would begin.

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