I-65 construction

The Kentucky Department of Highways is set to award a contract this week to widen 17 miles of I-65 from four to six lanes in Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties. The low bidder is Bowling Green's Scotty Contracting.

Records show Scotty's submitted a low bid of $138.5 million for the job, the only other bidder came in at $144.7 million for the job. The state revealed after the bids were opened that they estimated the project at $142.2 million.

A department committee will meet tomorrow to decide to award that contract and others that were bid on August 22nd.

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.

Crews are finishing concrete paving today on the southbound lanes of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge.  Once this work is complete, motorists will see changes Thursday morning to the traffic patterns on Interstate 65 across the bridge.   Currently, traffic is restricted to one lane for southbound I-65 and two lanes for northbound I-65.