​Oldham County: I-71 Widening From KY 329 to KY393 - Project 05-483.10


The I-71 widening and reconstruction aims to address the capacity deficiencies and operational issues that currently characterize the existing corridor and provide increased efficiency and safety for the traveling public. It will serve through traffic on I-71 and local users traveling to and from the Louisville Metro and Crestwood/Buckner areas.
The proposed project will address increasing traffic volumes and traffic flow characteristics, thus improving overall corridor performance. 
​Project Scope
Widen I-71 from four to six lanes between KY 329 (MP 14.1) and KY 393 (MP 18.0)

Storyboard for I-71 widening From KY 329 to KY 393 project 

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​Project Timeline


  • Design Phase is still underway
  • Right of Way acquisitions have begun
  • KYTC anticipates letting the project to construction by the end of 2024; with a possibility of the letting process extending into 2025*

*NOTE: Once the right of way process is complete, all tentative dates for utility relocation and letting will be re-evaluated to correspond with available funding (provided in the upcoming enacted Highway Plan).

Roadway Classification
This portion of I-71 is classified as an Urban Interstate.  This segment of I-71 was originally constructed during the late 1960s.  The original design speed was 70 mph and is a fully controlled access facility.  This segment was originally constructed with a 6” Dense Graded Aggregate (DGA) and 10” Concrete pavement, including a sand pavement drain system.  The pavement has since been overlaid with asphalt.  This segment of I-71 begins with a bifurcated template then transitions to a common median just north of the KY 329 Interchange, then ends in a bifurcated template near MP 18.0.    

The original typical section includes: 
  • Bifurcated: 4 – 12’ driving lanes, 6’ (3’ Paved) inside shoulders, 12’ (10’ Paved) outside shoulders. Both inside and outside ditches are a minimum of 11’ wide with 4:1 side slopes. 
  • Common Median: 4 – 12’ driving lanes, 6’ (3’ Paved) inside shoulders, 12’ (10’ Paved) outside shoulders. The common median is 60’ in width with 6:1 side slopes.  The outside ditches are a minimum of 11’ wide with 4:1 side slopes. 

I-71 is a National Highway System (NHS) route, it is included with the state primary system, National Truck Route and Kentucky Highway Freight Network.  I-71 and all major crossroads include AAA truck weight limits or 80,000 lbs. 

  • Functional Class – Urban Interstate 
  • Posted Speed Limit – 70 mph
KY 329 
  • Functional Class – Rural Major Collector north of I-71 / Urban Minor Arterial South of I-71 
  • Posted Speed Limit – 45 mph
KY 146 
  • Functional Class – Urban Minor Arterial
  • Posted Speed Limit – 45 to 55 mph 
KY 393 
  • Functional Class – Urban Minor Arterial 
  • Posted Speed Limit – 55 mph

​Public Input
A stakeholder and public meeting were held in March 2019. A virtual storyboard and online survey provided an opportunity to present all alternatives and additional information and ask for feedback (via an online survey) from area residents and motorists. *Survey is closed for public comment* 
The information presented online can be found in the LINKS section above.

​Project Manager
Andre Johannes
Email: Andre.Johannes@ky.gov 
Phone: (502) 782-4890 

Chuck Berger

Email: chuck.berger@ky.gov
Phone: 502.764.0488 

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