Natcher Parkway construction to cause major traffic congestion

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 1:34 PM CDT
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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) says that construction on the William H. Natcher Parkway will cause a significant impact on traffic between exits six and seven.

Crews will be working to convert the Natcher into an Interstate 65 spur, along with widening the Natcher bridge over railroad tracks to allow for the extension of the entrance ramp from US 31-W.

"Right now it's a pretty short merge point getting on to the parkway, and we're going to extend those ramps so it'll be much safer," said Wes Watt of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "We're also doing some guardrail upgrade, some upgrade to the bridge wall, there will be some different lighting when we're done."

KYTC said the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph while the construction takes place, and only one lane of traffic will exist through the duration of the project.

"People just need to be aware that that's going on and if they'll plan ahead, it wont be that much of an inconvenience if they know ahead of time," Watt said.

Construction is not expected to be completed until the end of this year.