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Interstate 64 to fully reopen day early after weeks of construction

The project included removing the concrete pavement inside the Cochran Tunnel and replacing it with asphalt.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The lanes are opening back up on Interstate 64 East starting Friday at 6 a.m., officials said.

I-64 eastbound was closed for about two weeks so crews could put asphalt on the interstate and replace guardrails.

Additionally, both the bridge deck over Beals Branch Road and the bridge overlay over Lexington Road were removed and replaced with concrete according to officials.

The eastbound lanes were supposed to open on Saturday, but crews finished early.

Drivers should expect crews to finish other off-roadway projects in July, and lane closures at night are to be expected officials warned.

Since June 2, crews have been rehabilitating the six-mile stretch of I-64, including replacing the asphalt inside the Cochran Tunnel. 

Why was the road closed?

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), the Asphalt Rehab project includes asphalt pavement milling and resurfacing, and replacing guardrails.

Officials say the project will extend the life of the interstate and "improve driver comfort on the roadway." 

The last rehabilitation project on I-64 was completed in 2001, KYTC said.

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