Years-long interstate widening project to begin in Fayette County

Years-long interstate widening project to begin in Fayette County
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 4:08 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - KYTC announced a major project for Fayette County.

An interstate widening project for I-64/I-75 is scheduled to begin in Lexington on Tuesday, September 6.

It’ll start at the Newtown Pike Interchange (milepoint 115) and ends at the Paris Pike Interchange (milepoint 113). Officials said it’ll widen the interstate to eight lanes (four 12-foot lanes in each direction). Improvements will also be made to the ramps at Newtown Pike and Paris Pike.

The goal is to improve traffic, congestion, and safety.

While construction is often considered a hassle, Natasha Lacy, with the Department of Highways, said it will make major improvements in the long run.

“Well anytime we make changes its for safety improvements, safety enhancements because safety is our number one priority in the department of highways,” Lacy said.

She said making these changes and repairing the roads will reduce accidents as well. In this specific area, the number of crashes has increased each year since 2012.

The volume of traffic continues to increase as the population constantly grows in Fayette County. Lacy said she hopes people in the community understand the importance of the project and the long-term impacts.

“I’m hoping they’ll be happy that we’re making improvements and that we continue to be concerned all the time with safety to make things better for our motorists in the state of Kentucky,” she said.

By 2040 this same section of the interstate is expected to exceed 130,000 vehicles per day. Right now, that is over the capacity that the current six-lane highway can take.

The tentative schedule for construction this week is 7-pm to 6-am Tuesday through Friday.

The project is expected to be complete by November 2024.