Kentucky is taking another step toward creating a six-lane Interstate 65 stretching from the Tennessee border to the Ohio River.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a nearly $139 million contract to the Bowling Green-based Scotty’s Contracting to rebuild 17 miles of I-65 in Hardin, Hart, and Larue counties. The effort would widen the road to six lanes from its current four, with three running both north and south.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017, and will stretch from mile point 65 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through Larue County and on to mile point 82 near Sonora in Hardin County. Once the latest widening is completed, only ten lanes of I-65 south of Elizabethtown will be four lanes.
The highway is already six lanes between Elizabethtown and Louisville.
The I-65 widening project began in 2000, with over $600 million dollars in contracts awarded for the effort.