Saturday, September 04, 1999

Road projects delayed to help traffic flow

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Motorists who are 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 projects on interstates and parkways to ease traffic congestion for the anticipated glut of motorists.

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

        Last year, eight people were killed in eight separate accidents during the Labor Day holiday period. Of those, only two were wearing safety-restraint devices or seat belts. Five of the accidents involved alcohol, and two of the crashes involved motorcycles.

        KSP will be increasing patrols during peak traffic hours. Troopers will be working with local police and sheriff's departments to target erratic drivers, speeders and safety-belt and child-restraint violations, and setting 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.That includes the S-curve reconstruction in Fort Mitchell, two shoulder closures in Laurel County, reconstruction in Whitley County and shoulder work in Rockcastle County. 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.

        • Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Clark County, median crossover.

        Citizens also can help law enforcement officers in keeping the roadways safer by reporting suspected impaired or erratic drivers by calling (800) 222-5555. Callers need to report the direction of travel, a description of the vehicle and its license number.


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