I-Move Week Ahead: Construction Work Continues on I-71

Lane closure planned tonight in southbound lanes

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to make progress on the I-Move Kentucky project as crews work in several areas of I-71. This will involve lane closures in some areas to allow work to continue and ensure the safety of workers and motorists Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights this week.

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. Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays.

Current I-Move Kentucky Work Areas

I-71 southbound between Chamberlain Lane and I-265 interchange – The left lane of I-71 southbound – between mile point 10 and mile point 9 – will be closed overnight Wednesday. The lane closure will allow crews to move barrier walls in anticipation of a planned lane switch in the area later this week. On Friday, lanes also will be closed to shift lanes to the left for upcoming work on the right side of I-71 southbound.

I-71 northbound at Moser Farm Road – Blasting work on I-71 northbound at Moser Farm Road is under way and will continue in the coming days. Excavation work is needed to eventually widen this area of the I-71 corridor to a total of six lanes. The left lane will be closed on I-71 northbound overnight Thursday to prepare for blasting. Rolling lane closures and short-term road closures also will take place on both northbound and southbound lanes daily, including some weekends, between noon and 3 p.m. while blasting is completed near mile point 11.8 of I-71 northbound.

I-71 southbound between Brownsboro Road bridge and I-265 bridge – Crews recently completed work to pave a median, and work in this area is ongoing to allow for the relocation of a water transmission line. This preparation work will allow KYTC to begin 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 recently put in an access road to a culvert that is being extended to allow for the widening of I-71. No traffic impacts are expected as work on the culvert continues between mile point 14.5 and mile point 13.5 of I-71 southbound.

I-71/I-265 interchange – Crews recently completed work for a soil nail wall and started cement stabilization work Monday to prepare the area for asphalt installation. This work along the southbound lanes of I-71 and the widening of the corridor to add a collector-distributor lane will improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting I-71 southbound. No traffic impacts are expected as work continues through the summer at mile point 9.1.

I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64 – Crews are continuing to perform drainage and lane widening work in the median between northbound and southbound lanes of I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64. No traffic impacts are expected as work continues between mile point 25.4 and mile point 23.1.

I-Move Week Ahead: Construction work continues on I-71 and I-265

Lane closures and short-term road closures expected this week

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to make progress on the I-Move Kentucky project as crews work in several areas of I-71. This will involve short-term road closures and rolling lane closures in some areas as excavation work continues. Work also continues on portions of I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway).

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. Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays.

Current I-Move Kentucky Work Areas

I-71 northbound at Moser Farm Road – Blasting work on I-71 northbound at Moser Farm Road is under way and will continue moving south in the coming days. This excavation work is needed to eventually widen this area of the I-71 corridor to a total of six lanes. Rolling lane closures and short-term road closures will take place on both northbound and southbound lanes this week between noon and 3 p.m. to keep motorists at a safe distance while blasting is completed near mile point 11.8 of I-71 northbound.

I-71 southbound between Brownsboro Road bridge and I-265 bridge – Crews recently completed work to pave a median, and work in this area is ongoing to allow for the relocation of a water transmission line. This preparation work will allow KYTC to begin the 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 recently put in an access road to a culvert that is being extended to allow for the widening of I-71. No traffic impacts are expected as work on the culvert continues between mile point 14.5 and mile point 13.5 of I-71 southbound.

I-71/I-265 interchange – Crews are continuing to perform work for a soil nail wall along the southbound lanes of I-71 and widening the corridor to add a collector-distributor lane that will improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting I-71 southbound. No traffic impacts are expected as work continues through the summer at mile point 9.1.

I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64 – Crews are continuing to perform drainage and lane widening work in the median between northbound and southbound lanes of I-265 between Taylorsville Road and I-64. No traffic impacts are expected as work continues 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. Stay informed through the following channels:

Website – www.I-MoveKY.com
Facebook – facebook.com/IMoveKY/
Twitter – twitter.com/IMoveKY
Email alerts/newsletters – Signup at www.I-MoveKY.com
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Construction Crews Commence Blasting Work on I-71

Rolling closures planned on I-71 over coming weeks

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is advising motorists and residents of potential traffic impacts over the next few weeks on I-71 near the I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) interchange as part of the I-Move Kentucky project.

Crews excavating near the interchange will perform daily blasting to widen the corridor and add a collector-distributor lane on I-71 southbound. The new lane will improve safety for vehicles entering and exiting I-71 southbound at the I-265 interchange.

Blasting is underway along I-71 southbound at mile point 8.7, just south of the Springdale Rd. overpass. This work may continue daily, including some weekends, over the next few weeks. Work schedules may be adjusted due to weather.

For the safety of the traveling public, rolling closures and occasional stoppages will occur on I-71 during blasting. These rolling closures are scheduled to occur once daily, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic on I-71 will be slowed or stopped at the following points prior to the blasts near the highway:

  • I-71 southbound, starting at the Oldham Co. rest area, mile point 13
  • I-71 northbound, starting at the I-264 (Watterson Expressway) interchange, mile point 5.1
  • I-265 ramps to I-71 southbound, at mile point 9.1

Weekend Report: Lane Closures Planned on I-71

Construction work planned overnight Sunday and Monday

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s I-Move Kentucky Project will be working overnight and during the weekend to lessen impacts on daily travelers on Interstate 71 southbound.

Crews will be working along I-71 southbound, between the KY 1694/Brownsboro Road bridge over I-71 and the interchange with the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265). As result, the left lane of I-71 southbound will be closed overnight Sunday, August 9, and overnight Monday, August 10.

The lane closure will occur between mile point 9.1 and mile point 10.2 of I-71 southbound.

Work in this area will start each night around 8 p.m. and continue through 6 a.m. the following morning. Drivers should be cautious when traveling in this area. Signage will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones.

Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

Week Ahead: Major Work Continues on I-71 and I-265

Lane closures planned this week on I-Move KY project

Construction crews are continuing work this week in several areas of the I-Move Kentucky project. Overnight lane closures are planned on I-71 southbound. Work currently is underway in several areas of I-71, I-265 and adjacent roadways in Jefferson County.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises drivers to be cautious when traveling in these areas. Signage and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones. Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays.

I-71/I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) interchange – Crews will be working in the median area of I-71 to prepare for construction of a new collector distributor lane and widen I-71 in that area.

  • Left lane of I-71 southbound will be closed at the I-71/265 interchange.
  • Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 2.3
  • Work and lane closures will occur overnight, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Located between mile point 8.7 and mile point 9.8 of I-71.

Crews also are working along the roadways and ramps of this interchange. Their work includes excavation and construction of a soil nail (retaining) wall along the southbound lanes of I-71 beneath I-265.

Brownsboro Road (KY 1694) bridge over I-71 – Crews continue construction work to prepare to replace the bridge over I-71. A water transmission line is also being relocated in the area in preparation of bridge construction. Short, periodic stoppages of traffic on KY 1694 (Brownsboro Road) may be necessary. The project is located at mile point 0.3 of KY 1694.

I-265 bridges over La Grange Road – Maintenance and concrete patching work continues as part of improvements to I-265. No traffic impacts are expected.

I-265 bridges over Westport Road – Maintenance and concrete patching work continues as part of improvements to I-265. No traffic impacts are expected.

I-265 bridges over Brownsboro Road – Maintenance and concrete patching work continues as part of improvements to I-265. No traffic impacts are expected.

Week Ahead: Roadway Work Continues on I-71 and I-265

Lane closures planned for Thursday night on I-Move KY project

 The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists of upcoming traffic impacts this week as construction continues in several areas across the I-Move Kentucky project. This work will involve overnight lane closures in some areas of the project.

Drivers should be cautious when traveling in these areas. Signage and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones. Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays.

I-71/I-265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) interchange – Crews are working in the median area to prepare for construction of a new collector distributor lane and widen I-71 in that area.

  • One lane of I-71 southbound will be closed at the I-71/264 interchange.
  • Work and lane closures will occur overnight, between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Starting Thursday, July 16.
  • Located between mile point 8.7 and mile point 9.8 of I-71.

Gene Snyder Freeway, between Interstate 64 and Taylorsville Road – A crew will be performing drainage and utility work in the median area between northbound and southbound lanes.

  • Work will occur throughout the week.
  • Traffic is not expected to be impacted.
  • Located between mile point 23 and mile point 25 of I-265.

Brownsboro Road (KY 1694) bridge over I-71 – Crews continue construction work to prepare to replace the bridge over I-71. A water transmission line is also being relocated in the area in preparation of bridge construction.

  • Work started in mid-May.
  • Short, periodic stoppages of traffic on KY 1694 (Brownsboro Road) may be necessary.

I-265 bridges over La Grange Road – Maintenance and concrete patching work continues as part of improvements to I-265.

  • Project started last month.
  • No traffic impacts are expected.

I-265 bridges over Westport Road – Maintenance and concrete patching work continues as part of improvements to I-265.

  • Project started in early May.
  • No traffic impacts are expected.

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. Stay informed through the following channels:

Website – www.I-MoveKY.com
Facebook – facebook.com/IMoveKY/
Twitter – twitter.com/IMoveKY
Email alerts/newsletters – Signup at www.I-MoveKY.com
Mobile alerts – Text “IMOVEKY” to 50597

I-Move Weekend Report: Closures Planned at I-71/I-265

Milling and paving work will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, June 26

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s I-Move Kentucky Project are continuing significant roadway improvement work this weekend to lessen impacts on weekday travelers.

Crews will perform milling and paving work on Interstate 71 southbound at the interchange with the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265). Work in this area will start around 8 p.m. Friday and continue through 6 a.m. Monday. Drivers should be cautious when traveling in this area. Signage and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones.

  • One lane of I-71 southbound will be closed.
  • Three ramps at the interchange will be closed overnight at various times during the weekend:
    • I-71 southbound to I-265 southbound
    • I-71 southbound to I-265 northbound
    • I-265 northbound to I-71 southbound
  • Starting tonight at 8 p.m.
  • Ending Monday, June 29 at 6 a.m.
  • Located between mile point 8.7 and mile point 9.8 of I-71

Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

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. Stay informed through the following channels:

Website – www.I-MoveKY.com
Facebook – facebook.com/IMoveKY/
Twitter – twitter.com/IMoveKY
Email alerts/newsletters – Signup at www.I-MoveKY.com
Mobile alerts – Text “IMOVEKY” to 50597

I-Move Weekend Report: Closures Planned at I-71/I-265

Milling and paving work will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s I-Move Kentucky Project are continuing significant roadway improvement work this weekend to lessen impacts on weekday travelers.

Contractors for the I-Move Kentucky project will be working this weekend on Interstate 71.

Crews will perform milling and paving work on Interstate 71 northbound at the interchange with the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265). Work in this area will start around 8 p.m. Friday and continue through 6 a.m. Monday. Drivers should be cautious when traveling in this area. Signage and flaggers will be in place to alert drivers of lane closures and construction zones.

  • Ramp from I-71northbound to I-265 northbound will be closed overnight Friday until Saturday morning.
  • One lane of I-71 northbound will be closed throughout the weekend.
  • Work will occur between mile point 8.7 and mile point 9.8 of I-71.
  • Work on I-71 southbound is tentatively planned for the weekend of June 26-29.

Work schedules may be adjusted due to inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.

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. Stay informed through the following channels:

Website – www.I-MoveKY.com
Facebook – facebook.com/IMoveKY/
Twitter – twitter.com/IMoveKY
Email alerts/newsletters – Signup at www.I-MoveKY.com
Mobile alerts – Text “IMOVEKY” to 50597

KYTC selects design-build team for I-Move project

$180 million project to improve I-265, I-71 and I-64 will start this spring

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2019) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has selected a design-build team led by Hall Contracting and American Engineers Inc. to design and construct the I-Move Kentucky interstate project. The four-year, $180 million construction project includes improvements to I-265, I-71 and I-64 through a heavily traveled corridor in Jefferson and Oldham counties.

I-Move Kentucky is the largest single construction project in Kentucky since the Ohio River Bridges Project was completed in 2016.

Hall Contracting will deliver the major project using a design-build approach that combines what had been four, individual projects near I-265, also known as the Gene Snyder Freeway. The Hall/AEI team will begin planning and pre-construction activities this fall, and some construction will start in early 2020.

The I-Move Kentucky project will add lane capacity and upgrade major interchanges to roadways that are important to the state’s transportation system and regional economic development. Employers of tens of thousands of workers, including Kroger Co., Ford Motor Co., and UPS Inc., rely on the corridor to move products throughout the state and region.

I-Move Kentucky includes four projects outlined as statewide priorities through KYTC’s data-driven Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT) initiative. SHIFT was developed by KYTC to compare capital improvement projects and prioritize transportation spending.

The I-Move projects include:

  • I-265 Widening: Ranked as the No. 1 SHIFT priority, this project will widen I-265 to the center and add a 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction, creating a total of six lanes between KY 155 (Taylorsville Road) and I-71.
  • I-71/I-265 Interchange Improvements: This project will create a collector-distributor lane on southbound I-71 to improve safety and ease ramp movements to and from I-265.
  • I-71 Widening: This project will widen I-71 and add a 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction to create a total of six lanes between I-265 and KY 329 (Crestwood/Pewee Valley exit).
  • I-64/I-265 Interchange Improvements: This project will reconstruct the I-64/I-265 interchange to improve safety and ease the flow of traffic through the interchange and includes areas on I-64 from Blankenbaker Parkway to English Station Road, and on I-265 from Pope Lick Road to the U.S. 60 interchange.

Construction timeline

Construction on the I-Move Kentucky project will begin in spring 2020. KYTC and the design-build team are developing detailed plans for the construction schedule, but no specific dates have been set to start work.

Construction will begin on the I-71/I-265 interchange improvements in early spring and be completed by the end of next year. Construction work is also expected to start in 2020 on portions of the I-71 widening. The I-265 widening and I-64/I-265 interchange improvements are expected to begin in 2021. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late 2023.

About I-Move Kentucky

I-Move Kentucky is the state’s innovative approach to improving the safety, ease of travel and quality of life for travelers and businesses that frequently use I-265, I-71 and I-64. Using a four-projects-in-one approach, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is addressing some of Kentucky’s highest-priority transportation needs.

Additional updates on I-Move Kentucky will be shared on social media channels:
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KYTC announces state’s second largest design-build project to improve I-265, I-71, I-64

Best value contracting approach reduces construction time, minimizes traffic impacts, stretches dollars

Louisville, KY (April 26, 2019) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced plans today for a $180 million design-build project that will improve safety and reduce congestion through a heavily traveled interstate corridor in Jefferson and Oldham counties. It will be the largest, single construction project in Kentucky since the Ohio River Bridges Project was completed in 2016.

The four-year project, called I-Move Kentucky, will add lane capacity and include upgrades at two, major interchanges on Interstates 265, I-71 and I-64. Combining the priority projects into a single construction project and using a design-build approach will allow the Cabinet to make improvements more quickly and efficiently.

“I-Move Kentucky will improve safety and mobility on three major interstates that join together in eastern Jefferson County and will allow travelers and freight to move freely through the region,” KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas said. “These were among the most important projects identified during last year’s SHIFT prioritization. By tackling them together, we’re saving Kentucky taxpayers time and money.”

KYTC developed the data-driven Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT) approach to objectively compare capital improvement projects and prioritize transportation spending. Incorporating input from local transportation officials, SHIFT was used to outline transportation priorities for FY 2018-FY 2024 and serve as a guide for lawmakers to develop the state’s 2018 Highway Plan.

Four projects in one

The four projects included in I-Move Kentucky were identified as statewide priorities by SHIFT.

I-265 widening: This project was identified by SHIFT as Kentucky’s No. 1 transportation priority. KYTC will widen I-265 to the center and add one, 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction to create a total of six lanes between KY 155 (Taylorsville Road) and Interstate 71.

I-71/I-265 Interchange improvements: This project was identified by SHIFT as Kentucky’s No. 6 transportation priority. KYTC will create a collector-distributor lane on southbound I-71 to improve safety and ease ramp movements to and from I-265.

I-71 widening:  This project was identified by SHIFT as Kentucky’s No. 11 transportation priority. KYTC will widen I-71 to the center and add one, 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction to create a total of six lanes between Interstate 265 and KY 329 (Crestwood/Pewee Valley exit).

I-64/I-265 Interchange improvements: KYTC will reconstruct the I-64/I-265 interchange to improve safety and ease the flow of traffic through the interchange. The project includes areas on I-64 from Blankenbaker Parkway to English Station Road, and on I-265 from Pope Lick Road to the U.S. 60 interchange.

“Interstates drive Kentucky’s economy,” said Sen. Ernie Harris, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “These needed transportation improvements will move citizens and commerce faster and safer in this bustling region of the state where hundreds of thousands of people live, work and do businesses. I’m pleased that Kentucky is able to fast-track them through the I-Move Kentucky project.”

“This is a tremendous project – not just for those of us who use these interstates daily but also for citizens throughout the region and across the state,” said Rep. Jerry T. Miller, who represents Jefferson and Oldham counties. “These interstates support tens of thousands of jobs at manufacturing, distribution and logistics businesses that rely on them to move products through this vital freight corridor.”

Design-Build Best Value approach

To complete these projects more quickly and efficiently, KYTC will utilize a design-build approach similar to the construction method used for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Last year, the legislature passed HB 385 to provide KYTC with more flexibility in using the design-build approach for maximum efficiency. The Cabinet is also utilizing design-build for two projects in northern Kentucky.

Design-build is an effective contracting approach to deliver projects faster and often at lower cost than traditional design-bid-build projects. Because the project design and construction responsibilities are handled by a single project team instead of multiple project-specific teams, design-build also allows for improved coordination to limit traffic impacts during large, multi-phase construction projects.

KYTC has notified the construction industry that it is seeking teams to compete for the opportunity to build the I-Move Kentucky project, and a team will be selected this fall. The selection will be based on the “best value” provided by teams.

In addition to the four projects identified, KYTC will provide contractors with a list of other needs in the project corridor, and will evaluate teams’ ability to address these other needs as part of this project. Examples may include widening additional areas of the interstates or additional interstate ramp improvements.

Project timeline

Following the selection of a design-build team this fall, KYTC anticipates pre-construction work would begin late in 2019 and continue into next year. This work would include conducting additional engineering analysis and plan development.

Construction is expected to begin on the I-71/I-265 interchange improvements in early spring next year and be completed by the end of 2020. The timetable for other phases of the project will be determined once a design-build team is selected.

Construction is scheduled to last through 2023.