Bonnieville Overflowing With I-65 Re-Routed Traffic

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"Awful, awful, awful. The noise is terrible. It woke people up and people can't get to work. Teachers were late students were late." Wanda Gregory lives in Bonnieville and she says the re-routed traffic through the small town has taken its toll.

For the owner of Bonnieville's Jameson House restaurant it was a double-edged sword. "It's been very hectic. The traffic has been really instrumental in our lunch crowd. It's been detrimental to me to go customers because I haven't been able to deliver the lunches like I was supposed to."

For truck drivers trying to make it on a deadline it's also been a problem.

Mike Overstreet is a Louisville vendor. He says, "I have to be in Elkton, Kentucky at 5 o'clock. I don't think I'm gonna make it."

This driver, from Ontario, Canada is going to Mobile, Alabama. He says, "I ain't gonna make it in time. That's what's gonna happen."

And Eugene Wease also got stuck in the gridlock. He says, "It took me about an hour to get from Upton to Bonnieville. How many miles is that? Uh, six miles."

Residents of Bonnieville say they have seen bumper-to-bumper traffic like this. But it's been a while, since before Interstate 65 was built, in the late 1960's.

Wanda Gregory says, "We've experienced this several years ago."

But that was long ago and residents are no longer accustomed to this kind of traffic.

Dwayne Priddy is with the Kentucky Department of Transportation. He says, "It's bad. Makes it kind of dangerous for the townspeople to get in and out and stuff."

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