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KSP Warns Motorists To Be Careful Around I-75 Construction

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ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) State troopers are warning people to be careful on a dangerous stretch of I-75.

The advice comes a day after a fiery crash shut down all southbound lanes in Rockcastle County.

“I think that's what causes a lot of the wrecks on that span of the highway. It's because it's only two lanes in parts of it, so I think it was definitely needed,” said Tara McClure who owns BJ's Grocery by the interstate.

While needed, KSP warns that the construction on I-75 near mile marker 62 to widen the interstate could be making the roadway more dangerous. There have been 85 crashes reported in that span of the highway in the last year.

“We've had numerous collisions in the area in the last several days and KSP is just asking motorists to slow down when you're in the area,” Said Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

Drivers say that the construction and crashes also cause problems on US 25 where there are a lot of backups from diverted traffic.

“Here lately it seems like there have been a lot more wrecks and traffic on 25 where they are doing construction. It has been heavier,” said McClure.

McClure said that even though the construction is causing a lot of headaches, they're willing to wait it out if the I-75 construction will improve the roadway.

“I think it will help make it safer it being wider,” she said.

Kentucky Transportation officials say that the widening project in Rockcastle County is expected to be finished in Fall of 2018.

They say there could be overnight closures with the construction and urge drivers to try and avoid the area if possible. 

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