Construction Prep Work Begins

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Nearly everyone knows someone who's been killed on Interstate 65. Thousands of motorists travel the stretch of road from Bowling Green to the Tennessee line every single day. Statistics show 40% of them are truck drivers. But an expansion project that's just weeks away is promised to thin out traffic and improve the safety of the road.

"The traffic count is close to 50,000 a day. That's a lot of cars. With more lanes though, you can spread out, have better visibility."

Beginning in about a month, workers will widen I-65 to six lanes from Cemetery ROad to mile marker 19 on the Natcher Parkway. Exit 22 on Scottsville Road to the Natcher will expand to eight lanes.

Kentucky Transportation official Keirsten Jaggers says the work will likely take about two years.

"We just ask people to be patient and use an alternate route if possible.
Watch your speed if your driving through a work zone."

Drivers can expect to see the speed limit drop to 45 or 55 in the work zone. Kentucky State Police say they will more than double their patrol during construction to make sure motorists follow the law.

And if you get caught speeding? You can expect the ticket to cost you twice as month.


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