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Work Expedited on 75 Following Weekend Truck Crashes

Work in Interstate 75 is being expedited by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

KYTC said the project will treat friction in an area of I-71/75's southbound lanes where a series of crashes have taken place over the past year, particularly in rainy conditions. Saturday saw multiple crashes in heavy rain, including one involving a semi truck that crashed into and partially destroyed dozens of feet of the barricade that separates the south and northbound lanes.

“KYTC District 6 is finalizing repair plans for a pavement surface treatment called skidabrader in order to increase friction in the half-mile area,” said District 6 Chief District Engineer Bob Yeager. “The work schedule should be finalized within the week. Work will take place during night hours and is expected to end before Thanksgiving”

A more extensive improvement project for the area, which includes base failure corrections and barrier wall repair, is scheduled for letting in November. The skidabrader treatment was set to be part of that work, but will now be accelerated through a special contract. KYTC District 6 will notify the public once the work schedule is finalized.

“Until repairs are complete, we ask motorists to be extra cautious as they drive this section of I-71/75, especially during adverse weather conditions,” said Yeager. “There is a safety enforcement campaign along this section of road, ‘Slippery When Wet’ signage in place, and a 55 miles per hour speed limit from the Brent Spence Bridge to Florence. By following the law, motorists can help ensure our roads remain crash free.”

-Staff report