Despite Sunday showers, I-71 will reopen Monday

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rain will not keep Interstate 71 shut down Monday morning. Despite Sunday showers, the nearly 5-mile stretch will reopen by 6 a.m. That doesn't mean there aren't delays.

Showers stretched across the metro preventing paving Sunday. That won't impact drivers Monday because most of the work is completed, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"That was their goal: to get a lot of the paving work done on Friday and Saturday," Spokesperson Andrea Clifford said.

And they did. The rain delayed a few items on their to do list, like paving the shoulders and installing pavement sensors, guard rails and rumble strips.

"They were able to get the main area paved before the rain line. They completed what needs to be done to reopen traffic," Clifford said.

Some of Sunday's work may be put off until it dries up. No matter what, I-71 will reopen by rush hour, with a few restrictions as planned.

"As originally planned, northbound 71 will still only have one lane open," she said. That part of the restrictions in place until May 26. Crews are still working in the right lane and they'll eventually switch to the left lane.

Both southbound lanes won't be affected during the day; however, there will be evening restrictions. Gohmann Asphalt & Construction plans to stay on track to complete the entire $11 million project by early June.

The northbound Zorn Avenue entrance ramp will remain closed as scheduled through Tuesday morning.

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