LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A construction project at the interchange for Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and Interstate 64 is in the design phase, with several options to improve the layout.
The design of the current layout is a clover leaf and it has been that way for decades.
Over the years, there have been lots of traffic issues. In 2018, there were 114 collisions near the interchange, according to Kentucky State Police.
“We are out there on a regular basis, especially when that traffic backs up along 64 eastbound in the evening and 265 north and south in the afternoon,” Anchorage Middletown Fire Chief Andy Longstreet said.
Longstreet said not only is the interchange dangerous, it delays response time.
“It’s rough, especially at peak times,” Longstreet said. “Traffic is very severe. It’s hard to get a large fire truck or ambulance through that traffic and to the scene.”
KTYC said the average daily traffic on I-64 between the Snyder underpass and the Shelby County line is about 60,000 vehicles. For I-265, between Taylorsville Road and I-64 it’s about 50,000.
“We are looking at safety as well as congestion with this project,” Andrea Clifford, a spokeswoman for KYTC, said.
Clifford said the clover leaf design was popular when the interstate was built. Now there are four options that would give drivers more space to merge on and off the interchange.
“Clover leaves were a standard back then, but not so much today -- and this is an area we’ve looked at before,” Clifford said.
The $28 million project is being funded by federal funds. For those who use the road every day, they say more improvements are needed.
“Our resources have to go all the way to Simpsonville and turn around to come back to catch the west bound side of 64,” Longstreet said.
Clifford said the construction isn’t likely to start for two years. KYTC is soliciting feedback from drivers until January 25. Click or tap here to take the survey.