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If you were caught in the shutdown of Interstate 64 last week – or maybe you’ve just been mired in a delay caused by a temporary lane closing recently – your chances of catching bad traffic in Shelby County are about to get worse, starting today.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that there could be frequent traffic delays in the overnight hours this week as construction crews set bridge beams for the KY 55 overpass as part of the ongoing road widening project. That includes delays on KY 55, too.
The construction project extends from just east of Simpsonville (Exit 28) to just east of KY 55 (Exit 32) and includes both road widening and the replacement of the interchange for KY 55.
That construction zone will be mired this week, officials say, with rolling road blocks that will slow and possibly stop traffic for approximately 15 minutes at intervals throughout the evening.
Unlike last week’s closure that shut down all westbound traffic for lane shifting, these delays will affect traffic in both directions, although on a rotating basis.
The work will begin on Monday, but rolling road blocks only will be used in the eastbound lanes on Tuesday. The hours for these slowdowns is 10 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning.
There also will be lane closures each evening on KY 55 at the overpass at I-64. Motorists should watch for construction staff, who will use flagging methods to direct them through the work zone.
Andrea Clifford, spokesperson for the Transportation Cabinet’s local district, said there won’t be signs posted alert to detours, because the road won’t be closed entirely.
“However, there may be signs alerting motorists to the traffic delays that will happen each time they set one of the beams,” she said.