Week Ahead: Lane closures planned on I-71 and I-265 for ongoing construction work

Traffic impacted near I-71/I-265 interchange and on I-265 near Shelbyville Rd

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. Work to widen I-71 and I-265 will require lane closures this week.

On Monday from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday, traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-71 southbound for work on the Chamberlain Lane bridge overhead and to install striping on the mainline roadway. The lane closure will begin before Chamberlain Lane at mile point 9.8 and continue past the I-265 interchange at mile point 9.1. For a portion of the closure, all traffic will be shifted to the C-D lane just north of the I-265 interchange while striping is completed.

On Monday and Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-265 northbound for work on the shoulder. The closure will begin at Shelbyville Road at mile point 26.8 and continue to Aiken Road at mile point 27.7.

On Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., the shoulders will be closed on two I-265 ramps to I-64 while geotechnical testing is under way. The ramp from I-265 southbound to I-64 westbound and the ramp from I-265 northbound to I-64 eastbound will be impacted at mile point 25.4.

On Wednesday and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, traffic will be reduced to one lane on I-265 southbound for work on the shoulder. The closure will begin at Aiken Road at mile point 27.7 and continue to Shelbyville Road at mile point 26.8.

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.

I-Move Kentucky includes widening I-265 from four to six lanes between KY 155 (Taylorsville Road) and I-71 and reconstructing the I-64/I-265 interchange to improve safety and ease traffic flow.

Other I-Move Kentucky Work Areas

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. See other traffic impacts listed above on I-71.

I-265/I-64 interchange – Traffic will be reduced by one lane on I-64 westbound near the I-265 interchange while bridge work is performed overhead for several weeks. 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. See other traffic impacts listed above on I-265.

I-71 – Blasting work on I-71 northbound and southbound 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.

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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