Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in southern Laurel County will soon notice the familiar orange barrels that mark the start of construction season.

The $53.5 million project, set to begin on April 22, will widen the section of I-75 at mile points 28.9 to 33.2 in both directions from four lanes to six lanes.

Crews will begin milling and laying asphalt on the outside shoulders in both directions. Traffic will be shifted to the two outside lanes once the shoulders have been paved. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the project. In some instances, the project will require that traffic be reduced to one lane – limited to nighttime work only.

Speed limits in the work zone will be reduced from 70 to 55 mph.

The project also includes reconstruction of the bridges over Little Laurel River. Both bridges will begin construction later this year.

L-M Asphalt Partners LTC., d/b/a ATS Construction, of Lexington was awarded the $53.5 million contract. Sub-contractor Kay and Kay Contracting, LLC of London, will be conducting the reconstruction of the bridges.

The anticipated completion for the project is June 30, 2021.

The date and time could be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Motorists can access travel and traffic conditions at http://goky.ky.gov or contribute their own reports at www.waze.com or via the Waze mobile application.

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