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Construction to start on I-264, I-65 Southbound

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It seems like everywhere you go these days, there is road construction. Some of those projects are wrapping up, but more are on the way. That means if you haven't already, you're about to learn what it means to commute through construction.

Rosemary Harvey didn't have enough adjectives to describe her commute through construction. "My legs get tired, moving just a little bit and pushing on the brake. My neck gets tense. (It's) just frustrating. It's monotonous and it's a pain."

Harvey and her husband, like many of us, have suffered through part one of Revive 65, the construction on the northbound lanes.

"You get somebody who wants to do 20-miles-an-hour down through here because they're scared or you've got somebody that's flying by that you don't know if it's going to take your side off you and you don't know whether the semis are going to come over on you," said Harvey.

The work is to take the old road and make it better for today's drivers, but Harvey wasn't sure what was wrong in the first place.

"Well it was bumpy," she said. "It had some waves in it but it didn't have any big holes or anything and now it's like, I don't know what they're doing."

Her confusion and frustration is about to be over on I-65 northbound, but a whole other project is about to begin. Crews start work Tuesday night on the Watterson Expressway (I-264) from Preston Highway all the way to I-64. The I-264 work will be done from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Then on Monday night, Revive 65 southbound begins, another project scheduled to run for 16 days.

You can add to those two projects others that are already underway on I-71 in Oldham and Henry counties, I-65 in Bullitt County, I-64 in Southern Indiana near Georgetown, I-264 at Westport Road and I-64 in eastern Jefferson County near the Snyder Freeway. It seems like you can't drive anywhere without running into work crews.

If you are wondering where the cash for all of this construction coming from, spokesperson Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said some, like Revive 65 and the Watterson work, are funded by federal stimulus money. By using the federal funds for those jobs, it has freed up other funds for other projects. Still others, like the I-64 widening at the Snyder just happened to be planned, funded and scheduled right now.

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