Construction near Hardin-Bullitt Co. line delays weekend traffic


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 6 at 12:44 AM

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It was a traffic nightmare for spring break travelers Saturday, as construction reduced miles of northbound I-65 to one lane throughout a 20-mile stretch.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this construction has been in the works for the last week, replacing concrete sections of the interstate. But drivers say it could not have come at a worse time as so many are coming home from vacation.

"Stop and go, mostly stop," Andrew Polley, from Indiana said. "This is the worst traffic jam I've seen before, and I'm from Indiana. We have a lot of construction but nothing like this, this is madness. This is crazy."

Polley was one of thousands of drivers running low on fuel and patience as he pulled into a gas station at exit 105.

"I had one guy just about take my front end off to get in and there really wasn't room, but he did anyway," Jim Clark, from Morgantown, Ky. said.

"People were driving on the shoulders and getting out and just doing all kinds of stuff," Diva Duncan, from Franklin, IN. said.

Without a bathroom for several more miles, and traveling at a snail's pace, some chose to relieve themselves right along the interstate.

"That's what some of them were doing because they had no other option," Duncan said.

One family traveling from Nashville said it took them six hours to get to Elizabethtown, a normal two hour drive.

"We just get frustrated. Seriously, there's nothing you can do. You just have to keep inching a long," Ladonna Michael said.

It doesn't get any better with kids on board.

"I could recite Frozen by heart, line by line, absolutely, and Tangled," Polley said.

At least one driver was able to find a silver lining once traffic opened back up near the Radcliffe exit.

"This is the best price for gas," Clark said.

The construction is expected to continue Sunday. KYTC advises motorists to used an alternative route, if possible.