Week Ahead: I-71 rest area closure and I-64 lane closure start this week
Traffic will be impacted for several days in Jefferson and Oldham counties
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to make progress on the I-Move Kentucky project as crews work in several areas of I-71, I-64 and I-265. Excavation work along I-71 and bridge work over I-64 will require ongoing closures starting this week.
Starting tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. and continuing for several weeks, traffic will be reduced to two lanes on I-64 eastbound near the I-265 interchange at mile point 19 for work on the I-265 bridge pier overhead. The left lane will be closed from the I-265 southbound ramp to past the I-265 bridge.
On Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-265 southbound to perform pothole repairs. The lane closure will begin near the I-64 westbound ramp and end at the I-64 bridge at mile point 25.4.
On Thursday from 1 p.m. to approx. 3 p.m. and continuing daily at the same time, the rest area on I-71 northbound at mile point 13 will be temporarily closed. This closure will ensure the safety of the public and construction crews while evacuation work is conducted nearby. Crews will close the entrance to the rest area at 1 p.m. and check for any remaining vehicles at 2 p.m. before conducting blasting work between 2:30 and 3 p.m. daily. Barricades will be removed, and the rest area will be reopened when deemed safe by construction crews following blasting.
On Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-71 southbound to mobilize equipment for the installation of a sound wall. The lane closure will begin north of Moser Farm Road near mile point 11.8 and end south of Brownsboro Road at mile point 10.3.
Work schedules may be adjusted due to weather or other unforeseen delays. Drivers should be cautious when traveling through active construction areas. Signage and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones.
Other I-Move Kentucky Work Areas
I-71/I-265 interchange – Work continues on new bridges, access ramps and along I-71 at mile point 9.1. The new collector-distributor lane recently opened to improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. No traffic impacts are planned this week.
I-71 northbound to Moser Farm Road – Blasting work on I-71 northbound and southbound at Moser Farm Road is under way and continues daily. This will require rolling lane closures and short-term road closures daily, including some weekends, between noon and 3 p.m. while blasting is completed near mile point 11.8. Closures are necessary during excavation work for the safety of construction crews and the public.
I-71 southbound between Brownsboro Road bridge and I-265 bridge – Preparation work in this area is ongoing to allow for widening of the corridor and construction of a new Brownsboro Road (KY 1694) bridge over I-71. This work zone is located between mile point 10.3 and mile point 9.1 of I-71 southbound. No traffic impacts are expected this week.
I-71 southbound between Highway 329 and the rest area – Crews continue to work to extend a culvert that will allow for the widening of I-71. No traffic impacts are expected as work continues between mile point 14.5 and mile point 13.5 of I-71 southbound.
I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64 – Interior lanes of I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64 were recently paved. No traffic impacts are anticipated as crews perform this work and continue drainage and lane widening work in the median between mile point 25.4 and mile point 23.1.
About I-Move Kentucky
The I-Move Kentucky project includes improvements to four major sections of I-265, I-71 and I-64 through a heavily traveled corridor in Jefferson and Oldham counties. Work on the I-Move project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.
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