A three-mile stretch of I-65, between the Watterson Expressway and Fern Valley Road, is going to be torn up and replaced with asphalt over the next three months or so. Concrete barriers are going up this week, and full construction will begin Monday on the “Revive-65” project.
Transportation Secretary Joe Prather says the state is spending $28.7-million dollars on the three miles of road.
“It’s probably, in some ways, more expensive than if you had no road, as far as the paving part,” says Prather, “because you have to take up what’s there, plus then you have to put back down the new surface.”
Eighteen-million dollars of the project is being paid for with federal stimulus money.
Prather says most of the construction will be done during off-peak hours, starting at eight o’clock each night. He says during that time there will be extensive lane closures, and people who travel that part of I-65 regularly are advised to find another route.
The project is expected to be finished by the end of this year.