The Kentucky Transporation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a construction contract in the fall of 2018 to build a new interchange on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County. The new interchange will be a
traditional diamond design built on I-65 south of Shepherdsville near mile
marker 114 between the existing interchanges at KY 245 (Exit 112) and KY 480
The project includes a new 1.4-mile connector route extending west
from I-65 to KY 61 (Preston Highway) and east from the interstate to Ohm Drive
and Alpha Way in the Cedar Grove Business Park. This new route will be a
three-lane roadway with one travel lane in each direction and a center turn
lane. A map of the project area can be viewed at New I-65 interchange map Bullitt County.pdf.
Construction of the new interchange
began in December 2018. The first phase of work involves cross-country
excavation of approximately one million cubic yards of rock and soil for
building the new connector road. Traffic impacts during the first phase will be
minimal and limited to equipment accessing the project area from KY 61.
As part of this project, KY 61 will
be closed for several months during construction of the intersection at the new
connector route. This road closure will take place during summer months when
the Bullitt County Public School system is not in session.
Louisville Paving &
Construction was awarded the $20.8 million contract for this project. Construction is
scheduled for completion in November 2020.
The new connector route and
interchange will reduce the travel distance between I-65 and the Cedar Grove
Business Park from 1.75 miles to 0.7 miles. This commercial development has
over 11,000 full-time employees working in the manufacturing and logistics
industries. From Thanksgiving through mid-February, this number increases by
5,000 for the Christmas holiday as well as the return season.
By providing additional
access to the Cedar Grove Business Park, this project will reduce congestion at
the KY 480/I-65 interchange to the north and offer employees another route to
enter and exit the park.