Saturday, September 04, 1999

Ky. takes holiday on road construction

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Motorists accustomed to battling Interstate 71/75 construction along the S-curve here, as well as other road construction sites around the Commonwealth, will get a breather for the Labor Day weekend.

        The state Transportation Cabinet has halted work on 16 road projects on interstates and parkways, to ease congestion for the anticipated glut of motorists traveling in and through Kentucky.

        But while road-construction jobs will be halted this weekend on heavily traveled highways, Kentucky State Police (KSP) posts are stepping up patrols throughout the state to re duce accidents and fatalities.

        KSP will be increasing patrols during peak traffic hours, working with local police and sheriff's departments to target erratic drivers, speeders, and safety-belt and child-restraint violations. State police also plan to set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the state.

        Work on five road projects on I-75, which carries more traffic through the state than any other highway, will be shut down until Tuesday, including the S-curve reconstruction in Fort Mitchell. Because of lane restrictions, traffic will still be slow through these areas.

        Other heavily traveled stretches of highway with construction projects where delays might be encountered include:

        • Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) in Louisville.

        • Interstate 65 through Kentucky, because of Corvette caravans from Louisville and Nashville for Corvette Homecoming in Bowling Green.

        Citizens can help law-enforcement officers in keeping the roads safer by reporting suspected impaired or erratic drivers by calling (800) 222-5555.


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