Traffic appears to flow with ease along Scottsville Road despite a major construction project at I-65. Once construction is over traffic will flow easier than ever before with multi-lane on and off ramps and only one traffic light.
"Rather than having a signal at each of the exit ramps, wether they are northbound or southbound, there is one signal in the center of the bridge that controls all of the movements both on and off the interstate as well as the movements on 231," says Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chief District Engineer Greg Meredith.
The project began over the winter. Thanks to some help from mother nature this summer the project is now ahead of schedule.
"We've been fortunate this year spring and summer at least up until lately. The drought even though it is bad for farmers it is good for road construction so that's allowed them to have less days they have missed so they can work more hours," says Meredith.
Businesses along Scottsville Road are pleased with the progress. The road is frequently traveled by tourists heading to hotels. Paul Patel owns three of those hotels and says once complete traffic flow shouldn't be an issue.
"I think after all the work has been done and then they open both sides on the bridge it will be very smooth traffic and customers will be happy too," says Patel.
Even during construction tourists heading to Bowling Green haven't had much to say about the project.
"Travelers so far haven't made any point of saying that the traffic hasn't been any problem with them or the new construction we have outside, they have been able to get into Bowling Green," says Jeanine Elwood from the Bowling Green Visitors Bureau.
Although it may appear to drivers there is still plenty of work to be done on the project officials hope to be wrapped up by the end of the year.
When originally contracted, the project was scheduled to be complete by next summer.