By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky
A new interchange speeding up the connections in Bullitt County.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced the opening of I-65 Exit 114, linking businesses and residents in Shepherdsville to one of the most important interstates in the Commonwealth. The new interchange is a crucial component in the effort to support the region’s growing economy.
One of the biggest impacts of the project is reducing the travel distance between I-65 and Cedar Grove Business Park by over a mile (1.75 miles to 0.7 miles). Manufacturing and logistic businesses in the park employ over 11,000 full-time employees plus 5,000 seasonal workers.
“This is an exciting expansion, which helps both businesses and residents in the Shepherdsville area by improving the roadway and connectivity, helping deliver shorter commute times and creating a safer roadway for Kentuckians,” Gov. Andy Beshear said.
The $30 million project began in January 2019 and was a collaboration of local, state, and federal stakeholders. It included building a traditional diamond design between the existing interchanges and a new 1.4-mile, three-lane connecting roadway.
“Expanding infrastructure is one of the best routes to attracting and keeping businesses in a community,” said Sen. Mike Nemes. “Bullitt County is rapidly expanding, and the new I-65 interchange will continue to foster economic growth for the community.”
“On behalf of citizens and supply chain businesses in the community, the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority extends thanks to government officials at all levels who worked hand-in-hand to build the new Exit 114 interchange,” said Bullitt County Economic Development Authority Spokesman Eric Farris. “This project helped retain existing employers in the area while supporting future investment opportunities.”