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Construction to begin on I-265/KY 61 improvements

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 24, 2014) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently awarded a contract to improve traffic operations at the heavily traveled interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and KY 61 (Preston Highway) in Louisville.

Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 28 to add turning lanes at some of the I-265 ramps and build additional travel lanes on KY 61.

“With continued development along Preston Highway, traffic has increased to approximately 49,000 vehicles each day on this route,” said Matt Bullock, Chief District Engineer for the Department of Highways Louisville District.  “This project will help reduce congestion and delay as well as improve vehicular safety.”

The first phase of construction will be the addition of one travel lane in each direction on KY 61 between Maple Spring Drive and the I-265 eastbound exit ramp (see project area map below).  Crews will also be working on additional turning lanes at the I-265 eastbound and westbound exit ramps (Exit 12).

Other improvements included in the project are:

- Lengthening the left turn lane from KY 61 South to Cooper Chapel Road to increase storage capacity

- Widening Cooper Chapel Road from KY 61 to Cooper Crossings Drive to accommodate dual left and dual right turning lanes

- Additional overhead signage at the interchange

- Upgrading the existing traffic signals due to addition of turn lanes

Lane closures are possible on KY 61weeknights from 7:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning and on weekends from 7:00 p.m. on Friday until 5:00 a.m. on Monday.  Shoulder closures are possible during daytime hours.

E & B Paving, Inc. of Clarksville, Indiana was awarded a contract in the amount of $3.8 million.  Work is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.