Bumpy ride along I-65 will be repaired; expect delays

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Have you complained about how rough the pavement is on Interstate 65?

Well, there will be some relief coming your way.

But, there might be some pain until that relief is available.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract to Hall Contracting of Louisville for the work to begin this month.

The $20.7 million project will involve the removal of sections of concrete on Interstate 65 throughout the 20-mile stretch in Bullitt County.

Some repairs were done several years ago.

“This project will provide a much smoother riding surface for motorists traveling both north and south on I-65,” said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the District 5 office in Louisville. “While some patching and diamond grinding work has been performed in the past, this project will involve replacing any concrete slabs that are cracked or uneven due to settling.”

Due to the magnitude of the work required, motorists will be facing lane closures and speed reductions over the course of the project, which will not be wrapped up until November 2014.

According to Andrea Clifford, public information officer for the cabinet, the majority of the concrete replacement work will be done in the center and right lanes.

While only 5 percent of the pavement replacement will occur in the left (fast) lane, approximately 45 percent of the right (slow) lane and 40 percent of the center line will be repaired.

According to Clifford, the work will begin the week of March 10 at the Bullitt/Hardin County line and more northward to the Bullitt/Jefferson County line.

The roadway will be reduced to two lanes in each direction during the repair work.

In those areas, speeds will be reduced to 55 miles per hour and double fines will be imposed on violators.

Work is planned to stay in the northbound lanes. Once that is done, the repairs will shift to the southbound lanes.

During the project, there will be times when a crossover lane will be constructed and motorists shifted to the opposite sides.

Also, there will be some ramp closures but that will be done during weekends.

Advance notice through The Pioneer News and other media, as well as signage at the construction areas, will be given. Also, detour signs will be in place.

Weather conditions could change construction dates of the project.

For the latest in traffic information, dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov.