Homes lose yards in S. Jefferson County road widening project


by Alex Schuman

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 10 at 8:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – “They put in a nice little sidewalk, and we got our fence back up.  But here we are again,” said Barbara Kennedy, who lives near the Kentucky Transportation Cabinets latest construction sites.

KTC started construction on July 28th at the Interstate 265 and KY 61 (Preston Highway) interchange.  The 3.8 million dollar project also includes widening Cooper Chapel Road, which is where Kennedy lives.

“Traffic is backed up there every afternoon,” Kennedy said.

Nearly 49,000 vehicles use the Preston Highway and Gene Snyder interchange, according to KTC.  Those increased numbers have also led to a higher volume of vehicles on Cooper Chapel Rd. 

A section of Kennedy’s front yard, along with other yards along Cooper Chapel, will be dug-up and used for the road’s expansion.  Construction crews will widen Cooper Chapel from KY 61 to Cooper Crossings Drive to accommodate for dual left and right turning lanes. 

15 feet, maybe 20 feet,” Kennedy said, when asked how much of her yard will be lost.

KTC started planning the widening six years ago.  Kennedy received no money and construction crews removed trees from her yard when they widened the road before. 

This time Kennedy said she will get paid for the lost land.

“Everybody likes money,” she said.  “So that was kind of nice because they could’ve just taken it again.”

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2015.