Regional
9:52 am
Mon August 26, 2013

I-65 Northbound Lanes Closed in Hart County Following Accident

Update at 2:01 p.m. :
Cleanup continues on Northbound I-65 in Hart County.  The Kentucky Transportation cabinet estimates the work will take another four hours. Detour information below...

Update at 10:33 a.m.:

The closure of the northbound I-65 lanes in Hart County is now expected to last until 6:30 p.m central/ 7:30 eastern time:

Northbound Interstate 65 is now closed at Mile Point 56 in Hart County.  A semi crash occurred earlier, initially reducing the interstate to one lane.   The vehicle’s cargo includes used batteries.  Due to safety concerns, northbound traffic is now being detoured off of I65 at Cave City (Exit 53), onto KY 70 east, to US 31W north, to KY 218 west and rejoin the interstate at Horse Cave (Exit 58).

Update at 9:43 a.m.:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now says the closure of the I-65 northbound lanes in Hart County cold last up to ten hours.

If you're heading north on the interstate in that area, plan accordingly. The following detours are taking place:

Northbound traffic is now being detoured off of I65 at Cave City (Exit 53), onto KY 70 east, to US 31W north, to KY 218 west and rejoin the interstate at Horse Cave (Exit 58).

Update at 8:04 a.m.:

Northbound Interstate 65 is now closed at Mile Point 56 in Hart County.  A semi crash occurred earlier, initially reducing the interstate to one lane.   The vehicle’s cargo includes used batteries.  Due to safety concerns, northbound traffic is now being detoured off of I65 at Cave City (Exit 53), onto KY 70 east, to US 31W north, to KY 218 west and rejoin the interstate at Horse Cave (Exit 58).

Closure is expected to last 4-5 hours as the cargo is unloaded and the semi removed.  Southbound traffic is not affected at this time.

Original post:

Motorists from I65 are urged to follow the US 31W detour route.  GPS units may indicate and suggest other routes, however many roads which connect with US 31W will likely be congested as local traffic attempts to navigate around detour traffic.

Northbound Interstate 65 is now closed at Mile Point 56 in Hart County.  A semi crash occurred earlier, initially reducing the interstate to one lane.   The vehicle’s cargo includes used batteries.  Due to safety concerns, northbound traffic is now being detoured off of I65 at Cave City (Exit 53), onto KY 70 east, to US 31W north, to KY 218 west and rejoin the interstate at Horse Cave (Exit 58).

Closure is expected to last 4-5 hours as the cargo is unloaded and the semi removed.  Southbound traffic is not affected at this time.

Motorists from I65 are urged to follow the US 31W detour route.  GPS units may indicate and suggest other routes, however many roads which connect with US 31W will likely be congested as local traffic attempts to navigate around detour traffic.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued this important traffic advisory Monday morning:

Northbound I-65 is reduced to one lane at mile point 56, just inside the Hart County line.

A semi has overturned carrying a load of batteries.  Removal and cleanup is expected to take around four hours.

While complete closure is not anticipated, the incident is in a construction zone and backups are likely with only one lane open.

Motorists may wish to use US 31-W as an alternate route.  The incident location is between exits 54 and 58.

Updates will be provided as removal and cleanup continue.