The southbound portion of the Revive 65 project begins Monday. Several lanes of Interstate 65 will be closed between the Watterson Expressway and Fern Valley Road.
The repaving of several miles of southbound 65 is expected to continue around the clock until November 15th. Northbound work was extended one week due to unstable soil conditions under portions of the highway. Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Andrea Clifford says it’s unclear if this portion of the project could face similar delays.
“When we get into the southbound work and remove those concrete layers, we’ll have to see if the soil on that side is stable enough to hold the construction traffic and the new roadway or if we’re going to have to do what’s called undercutting and remove that soil and go back with aggregate,” she says.
After the 15th, lighter work will continue at night for another month.
“The rest of the work as to be completed by December 15th, and that is items like guardrail installations and bridge-joint repairs, but those lane closures will be restricted to nights and weekends,” says Clifford.
The total project will cost 28 million dollars, 18 million of which will come from the federal stimulus package.