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The big traffic-lane closures planned for Interstate 64 have been delayed yet again.
Citing construction problems and the potential for severe weather on Sunday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Friday morning announced that it was delaying the planned interuptions until Monday night.
There is high potential for severe storms, including tornadoes, on Sunday. The closing/detour orginally had been scheduled for Friday and then bumped to Saturday before this change.
The closures to move traffic lanes in the construction zone between Simpsonville and Shelbyville still will close and detour all traffic for two nights, with westbound changes beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday and eastbound at 7 on Tuesday.
First will be the westbound side, which will be closed overnight Monday to allow the two westbound lanes, which since August have been divided by a permanent barrier wall, to return to the original lane configuration.
That means I-64 between from Exit 35 and Exit 28 – from Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville to Buck Creek Road in Simpsonville – will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and reopened at roughly 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Traffic from I-64 will detour off at Exit 35 across Boone Station Road to KY 55 (Freedom’s Way) and then to U.S. 60 West, where it will be routed to KY 1848 (Buck Creek Road) and then returned to I-64.
The left-turn lane from KY 53N to U.S. 60W will be closed during this time to aid in traffic flow, and the I-64 westbound entrance ramp at KY 55 (Taylorsville Road) also will be closed during this period.
Then, the barriers will be erected on the eastbound side, which means the same stretch of I-64 will be closed from 7 p.m.Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday. The detour will be reversed, with traffic exiting in Simpsonville and routing around Shelbyville to Mount Eden Road.
These configurations will continue through the winter. The construction project, which will widen the section of I-64 from four lanes to six lanes, is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2014.
These dates and times could change again. Motorists are advised to consult 511 or 511.ky.gov for the latest information.