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I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study



I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is conducting a planning study of the I-65/I-264 (Watterson Expressway) interchange in Jefferson County to identify improvements to reduce congestion and improve safety. The interchange has the highest number of crashes in the Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) region. KIPDA serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Louisville/Jefferson County KY – IN urbanized area.

The study will identify short and long-term solutions to address severe congestion, unreliable travel times and safety concerns for the heavily traveled area. Peak traffic in the corridor creates large queues that extend into mainline I-65 and I-264, slowing and stopping traffic.

The I-65/I-264 interchange facilitates movement throughout the Louisville Metro area including access to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, UPS Worldport, Kentucky Air National Guard, Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center and Kentucky Kingdom.

Project goals are to increase safety for all users, manage and reduce roadway congestion, ensure timely and efficient movement of freight and reduce and/or mitigate negative environmental impacts.

The planning study began in late 2019 with a final report expected in late 2020. The Project Team’s final report will include all actions, an inventory of existing conditions, presentation of alternatives, public involvement notebook and final recommendations.

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Public feedback, meetings with stakeholders and analysis of traffic, safety and roadway data will guide the project team as it looks for solutions. The first round of public involvement for the planning study was from May 20, 2020 to June 20, 2020.  A second public involvement opportunity is expected later this year to review, rank, and comment on proposed improvement strategies.


For project updates and to be notified when public involvement opportunities are available, sign up for the I-65/I-264 Interchange Planning Study e-newsletter (

Supporting Documents

Project Area Map

Congested Segments Map

Crash Heat Map

Level of Service Map

Interchange Complexity Map

Roadway Deficiencies Map

Segments Contributing to Crashes Map

Speeds Map

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