Courtesy KYTC District 5

Construction crews are scheduled to complete the second part of a two-weekend effort to make roadway safety improvements along Interstate-65, so portions of I-65 North will be closed this weekend, according to the  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, all driving lanes, exit ramps and entrance ramps will be closed on I-65 North between I-264 (Watterson Expressway) and I-64 (mile markers 130.6 to 136.4), officials said. Work continues through 5 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, the state advised.

Motorists will be detoured via I-264 West to I-64 East where they can access I-65 North.

The state recently awarded a $1.8 million contract for safety improvements on Interstate 65 in Jefferson County to the Louisville Paving and Construction Company. All work must be completed by Nov. 15, 2017.

According to the state, a high-friction surface course will be installed on the driving lanes of I-65 North between the Chestnut Street/Broadway and Muhammad Ali Boulevard exits, an area locally known as “hospital curve.” This treatment, the state says, will improve skid resistance and reduce crashes involving lane departures on wet pavement.

In addition, asphalt pavement joints will be replaced on the I-65 bridges between I-264 (Watterson Expressway) and the Chestnut Street/Broadway exit. The state says this work will provide a much smoother driving surface for motorists and provide some waterproofing benefit to the bridges and roadway.

These improvements were completed on I-65 South over a weekend in early September.

On District 5’s Facebook page, Waze USA asked officials if the ramps from Muhammad Ali to I-64/71 would be open. The answer: “The entrance ramp from Muhammad Ali Boulevard to I-65 North/I-64/I-71 will be open during this work.”

The state said the times and duration of the work might be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occurred. For more information, visit goky.ky.gov. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5 and twitter.com/KYTCDistrict5.



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