I-75 Widening Expands Project Area To Improve Travel in Fayette County

Second project awarded to add additional travel lanes between Paris Pike and southern split

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) reports that progress continues in Fayette County as work’s now underway to expand another section of an I-75 widening project that improves safety and mobility for travelers along the high-traffic corridor. A second, $47 million widening project will add a travel lane in each direction of I-75 from Paris Pike/U.S. Highway 27 to the Interstate Highway 64/I-75 southern split in Lexington.

The new project builds on a $42 million widening project that began in 2022 from Newtown Pike to Paris Pike. Together, these projects will reduce congestion along the corridor via a new, improved eight-lane highway. A new barrier wall along the length of the project will further enhance safety in the corridor.

“We are building our new Kentucky home, and that includes not just great economic opportunities but great highways that lead there,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This project will significantly improve interstate capacity, safety and travel times for everyone who drives this important economic corridor.”

The combined four-mile, $89 million project is crucial to addressing increased traffic as well as anticipated continued population growth in Fayette and surrounding counties. Projections show traffic on this section will exceed 130,000 vehicles per day by 2040, well beyond the capacity of the current six-lane highway.

“The orange barrels around Lexington are a signal to businesses and residents that improved commutes are ahead,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “Crews are committed to maintaining traffic during the majority of the two interstate widening projects while we work to upgrade the route. We ask drivers to slow down and stay alert when traveling through these active work zones to keep everyone safe.”

KYTC awarded the $47 million contract to L-M Asphalt Partners Ltd., and the project is expected to be complete in June 2026. Work on the new section of I-75/I-64 (Paris Pike Exit 113 to mile marker 111) will take place while the same contractor works on the first widening project (Newtown Pike Exit 115 to Paris Pike Exit 113), expected to be complete this November.

The project work zone will maintain three lanes in each direction, although lanes will be shifted and narrowed. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph. Barrels and barrier walls will be used to control traffic flow, especially where traffic merges from I-64 onto the combined I-64/I-75 North. Drivers are asked to stay alert and drive with caution.

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