I-65 WIDENING PROJECT RECEIVES AWARD FOR COMING IN UNDER BUDGET PDF Print
Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:36

A project that increased traffic capacity, improved safety and reduced congestion along a major artery in southcentral Kentucky has been recognized with a regional transportation award for coming in under budget.

 

The Interstate 65 widening project in Barren County increased a 5-mile stretch from four lanes to six lanes and reconstructed the Exit 53 interchange. The project was delivered for about $41 million – about $2.6 million under the contract amount – earning an award in the “Under Budget – Medium” category in the Southeast Regional competition of the America’s Transportation Awards program.

 

The project is badly needed because of I-65’s importance as a commercial and travel corridor, stretching from Chicago to Florida.  Many travelers on I-65 are passing through Kentucky on their way to other destinations. But many are also stopping at Kentucky attractions along the way. The section of road recently widened and the newly reconstructed Exit 53 interchange are a main artery for visitors to Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest known cave system. The park receives more than 500,000 visitors a year, and most arrive via I-65. The new interchange at Exit 53 is listed as the primary exit on the park’s directions.

 

 

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