Construction on I-165 nears completion

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – After months of construction and orange traffic cones, the work being done on I-165 is almost finished.

“We go through a little bit of inconvenience now, but we have a much better and safer road when we are finished,” said Wes Watt, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3. “That’s the goal.”

When the project began in July 2018, the roadway was called the William H. Natcher Parkway.

Now, it’s I-165, one of several new changes installed in the past 11 months.

“Motorists will notice a much longer ramp taper to get on to I-165 than there was before,” added Watt. “That makes it much more safer.”

The construction has seen crews install new guard rails, bridge improvements and new signage, all with the goal of improving road conditions for drivers.

“We not only have safety, we have traffic flow,” Watt said. “It falls in line with the overall from the changing of the Natcher Parkway to I-165. It’s now an interstate. The signs are there. It’s been switched over on Google Maps and those type of things.”

For almost a year now, single lane traffic flow and ramp closures have caused delays for motorists.

“We realize it’s an inconvenience when we’re doing construction on a parkway, an interstate or any major route,” said Watt.

Those delays will soon be things of the past, though, with all lanes now open, and final touches of the project expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

“The great news is we are in the final stages of the current project that’s been going on on I-165 for quite awhile now,” Watt said. “We are glad that we are now within sight of all that being wrapped up.”

Over the next few weeks, there will still be intermittent lane closures as road crews continue to install new signage along I-165.