Temporary Concrete Barriers Considered for Part of I-65

by Stephanie Crosby

New temporary concrete barriers may be erected soon along parts of I-65 between Elizabethtown and the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson Mark Brown says they’re only considering putting up the barriers in locations where there aren’t currently cable or other barriers.

“These are the types of barriers that we would use, or our contractors would use in construction zones,” says Brown, “so rather than having these barriers stockpiled somewhere, we will be considering where they can be feasible to erect and where they can be most effective on the interstate.”

Brown says over the last two years, the cabinet has put up some 34 miles of cable barriers along that stretch of road, and about 20 miles of temporary concrete barriers. He says the long-term road plan there is to expand the road to three lanes in each direction, which would include a permanent concrete barrier.

The portion of I-65 where ten people in a van and one truck driver lost their lives in a head-on collision earlier this year is not being considered for additional barriers, because there is already a cable barrier there.