LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The weekend has certainly been no Mother's Day gift to commuters planning on taking I-71. The interstate is completely closed to traffic between the Watterson Expressway and downtown Louisville.
“The project is very large in the amount of work we have to do,” said Kevin Bailey, who is the section supervising engineer for east Louisville and Oldham County for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Nearly five miles of highway is under construction in both directions until Monday morning.
“We have never intended to do full closure with this project,” said Andrea Clifford, the Public Information Officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “But once it got bumped to the spring, we were trying to figure out ways we could get the work done faster.”
Thanks to the Sherman Minton Bridge closing due to a structural crack, the I-71 project was pushed back from its original completion date which was December 2011.
Over the weekend only steam rollers, dump trucks, pavers and road crews could be found along the stretch of highway where new asphalt was being put down and bridge decks were being repaired.
“We are benefiting from the fact that that we are able to close the interstate,” said Bailey.
Freedom that road workers say will quicken the completion time, improve the quality of paving and increase the safety for the workers from drivers not paying attention to the road.