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Most of I-65 to be widened to six lanes

Project to be completed in 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Kentucky is one step closer to having six lanes on Interstate 65 from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line.

I65 shieldThe Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Wednesday awarded a $138.48 million contract to rebuild 17 miles of the interstate in Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties, widening it from four to six lanes.

The project, which should be completed in 2017, stretches from mile point 64.9 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through LaRue County to mile point 82.2 in Hardin County, near Sonora. Once the project is finished less than 10 miles of I-65 — all in Hardin County, south of Elizabethtown — will be six-lanes. The highway is already six lanes from Elizabethtown to the Ohio River in Louisville.

“This latest award gets us one giant step closer to completing the widening of I-65 in its entirety in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “The project is badly needed because of I-65’s importance as a commercial and travel corridor, stretching from Chicago to Alabama. Kentucky is doing its part to keep the travel public safe and the interstate free of congestion.”

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