You may have noticed some construction going on between Park City and Cave City along I-65.
Crews are widening the roads from four lanes to six lanes, where three lanes will go South and three lanes North. They are also constructing a more than four foot high barrier wall in the middle.
"With a barrier wall, you might hit the wall but its a whole lot better without traffic oncoming," says Greg Meredith, the Chief District Engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. And thanks to the recent road plan signed by Governor Steve Beshear, the construction will soon extend to Horse Cave.
The plan is meant to help prevent car crashes like the 2010 Mennonite crash that killed 11 people, including the driver of the truck that hit their van.
The owner of a tow truck company, who has seen his own share of crashes in the area, thinks the barrier wall will save lives. "Most of the wrecks happen when it's raining, slippery roads, people not paying attention, then they go across the interstate and hit each other, but the barriers are really a life saver. I mean, we needed it 20 years ago," says Ricky Alvey, the owner of Alvey's Towing and Recovery Company.
A local driver agrees and says the lane changes will make him feel safer because he will have more room to maneuver around if he comes across trouble. "With the three lanes, you can see farther ahead and get around more obstacles in the way," says Jeff Herald, a driver, who travels through Barren County often.
The current construction that is taking place from Park City to Cave City is expected to be completed by the end of the year. As for the construction that is starting in October and stretching over to Horse Cave, that is expected to be completed within a year and a half. With the two projects combined, all the construction will cost an estimated $115 million.