I-64 closures begin Friday at 8 p.m.

By Elizabeth Donatelli

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- Drivers should expect more congestion on the roads this summer starting Friday as part of a major highway completely shuts down. WAVE 3's Elizabeth Donatelli has more on what's closing Interstate 64.

Parts of I-64 will close at 8 p.m. Friday and stay that way all weekend and in both directions. Some will deal with it and others are just hanging up the keys.

Dianna Martin said she "won't even go out nowhere. I'll just stay home."

I-64 will be closed from Preston Street West to the Shawnee Expressway for the next three weekends -- and that's just the first phase of the project.

"If we just did weekends, then we could be closed from basically from right after Derby to Halloween every weekend," said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

"We know that would impact a lot of venues in the downtown area," Clifford said. "If we just did the traditional construction methods of one lane at a time, we could be going into a second construction season, and that causes a lot of driver frustrations."

For some, driving is their job and they would rather be safe than sorry.

"It's going to slowdown traffic, but when something has to be done, it has to be done," said taxi driver Mike Khosrowshahi. "So, for safety, I think that's the right idea what they are going to want to do."

Crews will repave the road, replace bridge joints, and add new overhead signs.

"It's pretty bumpy, Khosrowshahi said, adding that his car often shakes when he drives on a section of I-64 near the Galt House.

Transportation officials ask people to allow extra time, be patient, and plan their route before they leave.

Phase 2 of the project starts July 5th and will close I-64 for 30 days between 3rd and 22nd street.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Donatelli

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