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Significant Traffic Impact Expected Near Richwood Rd. Project

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Major improvement work is taking place at the interchange of Richwood Rd. (KY 338) and I-71/75. Once the project is completed, three new traffic patterns will improve safety and ease congestion throughout the area.

·A double crossover diamond (DCD) interchange will be built at Richwood Rd. and I-71/75.

·A single point urban interchange (SPUI) will replace the current intersection at Richwood Rd. and Dixie Hwy. (US 25), which will allow Richwood Rd. traffic to pass under Dixie Hwy., while the traffic on Dixie Hwy. will move continuously via a bridge over Richwood Rd.

·A roundabout will be built at the intersection of Richwood Rd. and Triple Crown Blvd.

The first major piece of any infrastructure improvement is utility relocation, and our team is hard at work alongside the utility companies to make way for the roadway improvements that will follow.

Weather permitting, Richwood Rd. will be closed where it passes under the I-71/75 interchange on Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m., through Monday, Aug. 3, at 5 a.m.

In order to allow for ongoing utility relocation, including the installation of underground water lines, the section of Richwood Rd. where it passes under the I-71/75 interchange will be closed the weekend of July 31 – Aug. 3.

·Traffic exiting I-71/75 southbound at Richwood Rd. will be permitted to turn right and head west, but will not be permitted to make a left turn.

·Traffic exiting I-71/75 northbound at Richwood Rd. will be permitted to turn right and head east, but will not be permitted to make a left turn.

·Traffic on Richwood Rd. heading east will be able to access I-71/75 southbound, but will not be able to access I-71/75 northbound.

·Traffic on Richwood Rd. heading west will be able to access I-71/75 northbound, but will not be able to access I-71/75 southbound.

Work is expected to be completed, and the roadway will be reopened to traffic by 5 a.m., Monday morning.

The railroad crossing at Richwood Rd. and US 25 will be closed permanently.

(Exact timing TBD; expected to be mid-late Aug.)

During construction, traffic will cross the railroad tracks at the intersection of Shorland Dr./Winning Colors Dr., where new traffic signals will be operational and timed to help ease congestion and support traffic flow through the intersection.  

This closure is needed so that temporary railroad tracks can be built in the project area to allow for major intersection improvements at Richwood Rd. and US 25. Our project team is working closely with Norfolk Southern Railroad to coordinate these changes.

This traffic pattern is expected to be in place throughout the duration of our construction work, which is scheduled to continue through 2022. Once construction is completed, there will be a new railroad bridge, and vehicular traffic will move along Richwood Rd. under the bridge. This will eliminate travel delays caused by trains and will dramatically improve response times for emergency vehicles who have to reroute for passing trains.

The Old Lexington Pike railroad crossing just south of Richwood Rd. will be closed temporarily.

(Exact timing TBD; expected to be mid-late Aug.)

All traffic, including residential and business traffic, will use Chambers Rd. to access US 25 and I-71/75. Temporary traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Chambers Rd. and US 25 to help improve traffic flow.

This traffic pattern is expected to be in place throughout the duration of our construction work, which is scheduled to continue through 2022.

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