The Kentucky Transportation says Northbound I-65 will be down to one lane Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning for re-surfacing. The lane closure will take place between the Hart County rest area to just north of Munfordville (mile markers 59-65).
Southbound traffic is not expected to be affected. The re-surfacing is needed to repair potholes.
The Transportation Cabinet says repairs should be complete by 6 a.m. EST Tuesday.
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.
Glendale firefighter Jonathan French was eulogized in Elizabethtown, less than a week after his tragic death along I-65.
French was killed and his mother, Linda, also a firefighter, was injured when a semi hit their fire engine as they battled a car fire along the Interstate last Wednesday.
His funeral service was held at Elizabethtown's First Christian Church. The eulogy was delivered by French's uncle, Glendale Fire Chief Richie Peters who said Jonathan had wanted to stick close to him ever since he was young.
Glendale Reverend Doug Sanders said Jonathan was a great example of someone who practiced "selfless service" during his brief life.
The widening of Interstate 65 to three lanes in each direction continues to move northward.
The next phase of the I-65 widening is between mile points 58 and 65, pushing north from Horse Cave and covering the Munfordville interchange. Work crews will close the outside lanes heading north and south this week in preparation of the paving of temporary lanes where shoulders currently exist.
Scotty’s Contracting—which has a nearly $64 million contract for the project—will install temporary barrier wall and begin work in the median.
Closures will take place each day through Thursday between 6 am and 5pm central, with traffic delays possible during peak afternoon hours.
Motorists are also cautioned that a speed limit reduction to 55 miles per hour will be in place through the new work zone.
If you've been on I-65 in south-central Kentucky in recent years, you know the road has been undergoing a major facelift. A lawmaker from the region says he and his colleagues are continuing to look at ways to speed up the ongoing interstate lane widening.
Representative Michael Meredith of Brownsville tells WKU Public Radio that many legislators from the region remain interested in a possible public-private partnership that could drastically cut down on what they fear will be a 20-year project.
Meredith said while the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has expressed concerns over such a partnership, the state's Legislative Research Commission believes such a union is legal.
"There have been some offers made by some contractors to partially finance that project," said the Edmonson County Republican. "And as lawmakers in this region, we're especially open to those ideas. And there's some money still set aside in the budget to study some of those issues and see if there's a possibility of moving it along a little faster than what it is now."
A Michigan trucking company involved in a crash that left six people dead on Interstate 65 in Central Kentucky over the weekend had a satisfactory rating from the federal agency that oversees long-haul carriers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based its ranking of Highway Star Inc. on a 24-month span when the company fell below the national average of vehicle problems.
A tractor-trailer driven by Ibrahim Fetic, 47, of Troy, Mich., hit an SUV carrying a family back to Wisconsin from a vacation in Florida on Saturday. Fetic and two children in the SUV survived the crash.
The wreck set off a four-vehicle collision on the other side of the interstate. Police said Gregg Lohman, 36, the drummer for country music singer Kellie Pickler, remained hospitalized Monday.
The drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler has been identified as one of the people hospitalized in two crashes along Interstate 65 in southern Hardin County.
Pickler's manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said Gregg Lohman suffered serious injuries in the wreck Saturday.
University of Louisville Hospital spokesman David McArthur said Lohman remained there in serious condition Sunday.
State troopers have said a collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV headed north started a fire that slowed traffic on both sides of the interstate Saturday. Troopers have said the wrecks on the southbound lane were likely caused by people slowing to look at the initial crash.
Kentucky transportation officials say there's more work needed on the Interstate 65 bridge over the Ohio River between Louisville and southern Indiana. The Courier-Journal reports that two more repairs are needed, including fixing a possible crack that may be expanding.