Road construction suspended to ease holiday travel

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it is suspending construction on most major Kentucky roads in an effort to ease holiday travel.

"We want to make travel as nearly carefree and stress free as we can. But most of all, we want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely," Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said in a news release.

Though work isn't going on, lanes remain closed in many locations, and motorists are cautioned to be alert for them.

Work on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County will be suspended Dec. 24 and 25, but lane closures for northbound and southbound directions will remain in place until mid- to late January, according to the release. Construction crews will resume work on Friday.

Northbound and southbound I-65 is reduced from three lanes to two lanes between Ky. 61 and the Bullitt-Jefferson county line (mile points 118 to 123) due to concrete pavement replacement. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph in the work zones, and a 16-foot width restriction is in place.

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