WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu July 19, 2012
Weekend Interstate Work Will Close Parts of I-65 in Jefferson County
Paving of the final asphalt surface on the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 is scheduled for this weekend. Southbound I-65 will be completely closed from I-64 in downtown Louisville to I-264 (mile points 136.4 to 131.2). This road closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. EDT Friday, July 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23.
“As was done with the paving on northbound I-65 this past weekend, complete closure of the interstate will be utilized to pave the southbound lanes,” said Matt Bullock, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways, Louisville District.
“This process provides a better quality product on the roadway. All three driving lanes will be paved simultaneously, allowing the joint between lanes to be sealed up while the asphalt is still hot enough to be compacted. Otherwise, that joint will be susceptible to cracking and forming potholes,” Bullock said.
All entrance and exit ramps on southbound I-65 in the project area will be closed during paving.
During the closure of southbound I-65, motorists will be detoured via westbound I-64 to eastbound I-264, which connects with southbound I-65.
For construction and traffic updates, visit http://transportation.ky.gov/District-5/Pages/I-65-Construction.aspx