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Ramp Improvements to Begin on Interstate 265 at US 31E

Thursday June 30, 2011

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction at the interchange of Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway) and US 31E (Bardstown Road). Work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 5th to improve traffic flow along US 31E on the north side of this interchange.

A third lane will be constructed on southbound US 31E between the entrance to Kroger and the I-265 interchange. This lane will allow free flow movements for motorists accessing I-265 by having them bypass the traffic signal with the westbound exit ramp. A barrier wall will separate this lane of traffic from the two through lanes on southbound US 31E.

In addition, the exit ramp from westbound I-265 to US 31E will be widened to accommodate two left turn lanes and one right turn lane.

On average, 36,000 vehicles travel this section of US 31E each day.

Gohmann Asphalt and Construction was awarded the contract for this project in the amount of $1.6 million. The work is scheduled for completion by December 15, 2011.

US 31E may be reduced to one lane in each direction weeknights Monday – Thursday from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. On weekends, lane closures are possible from 8:00 p.m. on Friday until 5:00 a.m. on Monday. Lane closures will not be allowed on holidays. The speed limit will be reduced in the work zone.

The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at