Proposed 50-mile interstate would provide new way around Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new 50-mile interstate could be coming to Kentucky, allowing drivers to completely avoid Louisville traffic.

The state is researching a plan to build a new interstate from I-65 in Bullitt County, passing through Spencer and Shelby Counties, and ending at I-71 in Oldham County. A $2 million budget has already been allocated to look into the idea.

Judy Gibson, a Bullitt County resident, thinks the research money should have gone to make improvements to other roads like KY 44.

“It’s very congested," she said. "It’s probably one of the worst roads around the Louisville area."

Kentucky already has plans to widen a portion of the Gene Snyder Freeway from Taylorsville Road to I-71, but construction funding for that project has not been approved, so a new interstate could be years away.

According to KYTC spokeswoman Andrea Clifford, Kentucky is accepting bids to research the proposal.

"The study will look at the possibilities and the possible impacts, but that's all that's been funded so far is the study," Clifford said. "There's not been any funding put forth toward design, right-of-way acquisition (and) construction."

John Snider, the Executive Director of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority, said the project would reduce traffic in Louisville and help surrounding counties with growth.      

"For the counties just outside of Louisville, there needs to be another loop," Snider said.

Some say the cost would be too expensive and a new road around Louisville may only be a dream.

"I don't know that during our time it will ever get done," Gibson said.

KYTC expects the research to begin at the end of the summer.

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