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Travel woes to ease for I-65 weekend drivers

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Trooper Jeff Gregory Trooper Jeff Gregory
Mark Hodder Mark Hodder

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – There's good news for those of you who use Interstate 65 during the weekends and have been caught up in that traffic mess.

Because of a major construction project, the three lanes where crews are working have been reduced to one on Saturday and Sunday, leaving drivers sitting in their cars for a very long time. Your travels will be slightly easier, just in time for the holiday weekend.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says on the weekends drivers will have two lanes to use in both directions in the area crews are working. It will be just like what drivers experience during the weekdays.

Recently, Kentucky State Police in the Elizabethtown post were overwhelmed with people getting impatient during weekend construction.

"It's absolutely been a nightmare," said Trooper Jeff Gregory, public affairs officer for KSP Elizabethtown. "We had our hands full last weekend. At times there was 14 miles back up northbound on I-65."

It's become a regular event the last few weekends. Crews have been working between the Bullitt/Hardin County line and Lebanon Junction Road to replace sections of concrete pavement. Two lanes of traffic are open in each direction during the week, but the contractor is permitted to reduce the interstate to one lane in each direction on weekends.

"We worked six wrecks in two hours," said Gregory. "It's been comparable to what we see on snow days."

KSP said they've had to shuttle out gas to drivers who had run out because of sitting in traffic for hours. Other drivers got so impatient they started using the emergency lane and some truck drivers moved their trucks to put a stop to it. Troopers said that is not a good idea, but Mark Hodder, a trucker, said they are just trying to help.

"We do take it upon ourselves sometimes to enforce the law," said Hodder. "But again you don't keep the four wheelers out of the emergency lane how are the emergency vehicles gonna get through?  They can't."

KSP said they also had to call in police from other agencies to help them manage all the problems that come with having just one lane of traffic. 

The $20 million project involves a 20 mile section of I-65. The project won't be done until the end of the year.

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