Weekend Report: I-71 rest area closure starts Wednesday, I-64 lane closure begins

Previously planned work was postponed due to weather

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 this week.

The previously announced rest area closure that was postponed due to weather should start Wednesday. Daily from 1 p.m. to approx. 3 p.m., 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.

Starting Tuesday at 8 p.m. and continuing for several weeks, traffic will be reduced by one lane on I-64 westbound to accommodate bridge work overhead at the I-265 interchange. The closure will begin after the I-64 westbound to I-265 northbound ramp shifting the acceleration lane for traffic merging onto the mainline roadway to the left at mile point 19.

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.

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. Some traffic impacts including rest area closures are listed above.

I-265/I-64 interchange – Traffic has been reduced to two lanes on I-64 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.

I-71 northbound – 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 – 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. 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.

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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