New design for exit off I-71 in Oldham County is final

Design for exit off I-71 in Oldham County is final

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A new interchange is planned on Interstate 71 in Oldham County at LaGrange Parkway, between the existing La Grange and Buckner exits.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet took in public input for the project. There were four options that would affect those who live and work in the area and now a decision has been made.

There isn’t much at the intersection of 71 and Lagrange Parkway, but that doesn’t mean the traffic isn’t heavy on the highway that passes by.

"There is a lot of congestion in that area to the point where there are backups onto the interstate,” KYTC spokeswoman Andrea Clifford said.

The ramps on the north and southbound sides of I-71 will be different. (Source: KYTC)
The ramps on the north and southbound sides of I-71 will be different. (Source: KYTC)

Clifford said a new interchange should reduce backups on exit ramps and reduce the high crash rate in the area. Right now, there are about four miles between the two closest interchanges.

Transportation officials settled on the exit ramps on I-71 north looking like an inverted J. The ramps will loop up and back, connecting to Lagrange Parkway. This avoids impacting one of the homes that is right next to the roadway.

The southbound ramps will be like a standard diamond. Commerce Parkway will not be realigned, but New Moody Lane will shift south.

Clifford said KYTC took in feedback from the public.

“We take that and couple it with our engineering judgement, based on data and analysis, and that is how we came to our decision,” Clifford said.

The chosen design is also the cheapest option. There is a small amount of right-of-way land to be purchased and some necessary utility relocations.

KYTC plans to advertise next summer for construction bids. Long term, Clifford said there is a lot to think about if the area becomes more developed.

“You also have to look at -- are there good access points along the existing roadways in the area without causing more congestion,” Clifford said.

The project plans to use federal money. It will cost about $18.4 million.

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