Week Ahead: Bridge demolition clean-up requires lane closures on I-71 Wednesday and Thursday

Traffic will be impacted on I-71 near KY 1694 bridge

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. Ongoing work to clear debris from the recently demolished old KY 1694 bridge will require lane closures on I-71 Wednesday and Thursday. The former bridge was removed last weekend, but additional clean-up work is needed.

Today (Wednesday) from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-71 southbound to remove bridge debris from the area. On Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-71 northbound to remove debris. The lane closures will take place near the KY 1694 bridge at mile point 10.3.

I-Move Kentucky successfully demolished the former KY 1694 (Brownsboro Road) bridge over the course of two nights on April 23 and 24. Motorists began using the new replacement bridge last week. The newly constructed bridge is higher to facilitate freight movement underneath and wider to include sidewalks for safer pedestrian access. The I-Move Kentucky project continues work to rehabilitate or replace bridges across the project area to meet current standards and extend bridge lifespans.

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 – Work continues to widen to the roadway including excavation, bridge replacements, paving operations, and the installation sound barrier walls. Ongoing blasting work on I-71 northbound requires rolling lane closures and short-term road closures daily, including some weekends, between noon and 3 p.m. while blasting is completed. Shoulder closures and overnight lane closures may occur during sound barrier wall installation. See planned traffic impacts listed above.

I-71/I-265 interchange – Work continues on new bridges, access ramps and along I-71 near mile point 9.1. The new collector-distributor lane opened earlier this year to improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.

I-265 – Work continues to widen the roadway including excavation in the median and paving operations. Ongoing work requires traffic shifts on I-265 northbound and southbound between Shelbyville Road at mile point 26.8 and Taylorsville Road at mile point 23.1.

I-265/I64 interchange – Work continues to rebuild the interchange including a new bridge, access ramps and along I-265 near mile point 25.4.

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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