SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For years people in Bullitt County have complained about the traffic on Interstate 65. That will all change because construction on a new interchange has started.
Heath Phillips will be helping with construction. He knows firsthand what his community has dealt with on I-65.
“Once Amazon and UPS get geared up for all the Christmas travel and traffic it gets pretty congested,” Phillips said. “It takes me a lot longer to get in and out of the office in the mornings.” The new interchange will be built on I-65 south of Shepherdsville, near mile marker 114 between KY 245 and KY 480.
The project includes a connector route between I-65 to Preston Highway. The new route will be a three lane roadway with one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet design project manager Chuck Burger said they first started working on the project in 2015 and it took three years to design.
"I don’t know if we’ve ever done a project this size, in that short of a time,” Burger said. The construction will be a huge benefit to people who live and work near Cedar Grove Business Park and employers like Amazon and Walmart.
This winter lanes on the highway will get shifted but Phillips doesn't expect any closures until they start utility work on Preston Highway in 2020.
The project will cost about $26 million and is expected to be completed in 2020.