I-65 projects mean motorists should be ready to slow down


Commuters traveling on Interstate 65 could run into traffic delays as soon as next year when a new lane is added. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Commuters should plan to shift onto the shoulder, drive in narrower lanes and slow down when construction crews start adding lanes to Interstate 65 next year.

If you’ve driven through the ongoing construction near Interstate 465 this year, expect to see similar types of delays and construction farther south. The state plans to spend about $139 million to add lanes on I-65 from Southport Road to Franklin in 2015.

The question that remains is how long motorists will have to deal with that construction. Work is expected to start in spring 2015, but the project hasn’t been designed, and companies have not been hired to do the work.

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