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I-65 South closed this weekend in Jefferson Co.

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Interstate to be closed to accommodate safety improvements

 LOUISVILLE - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reminds motorists that a portion of Interstate 65 South will be closed this weekend in Jefferson County. This interstate shut-down is the first of two weekend closures, one in each direction, to accommodate safety improvements and other roadway maintenance. 

I-65 South is scheduled for closure this weekend between I-64 and I-264 (mile markers 130.6 to 136.4). All driving lanes, exit ramps and entrance ramps will be closed in this section of roadway.

The I-65 South closure begins at from 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 and continues through 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. Motorists crossing the Ohio River on I-65 coming from southern Indiana will be detoured via I-64 West to I-264 East and then reconnected with I-65 South.

A high-friction surface course will be installed on I-65 between the Chestnut Street/Broadway and Muhammad Ali Boulevard exits, an area locally known as ‘hospital curve’. This treatment will improve skid resistance and reduce crashes involving lane departures on wet pavement.

In addition, asphalt pavement joints will be replaced on the I-65 bridges between I-264 (Watterson Expressway) and the Chestnut Street/Broadway exit. This work will provide a much smoother driving surface for motorists and provide some waterproofing benefit to the bridges and roadway.

The closure of I-65 North is tentatively scheduled for October 20-23.

Full closure of I-65 will not be permitted on University of Louisville home football game weekends or during the St. James Art Fair.

Louisville Paving and Construction Company was awarded this contract in the amount of $1.8 million. All work must be completed by November 15, 2017.

The date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur.  Visit goky.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 facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.