WESTERN KENTUCKY (WFIE) - We have new details about the first of many upgrade projects along the Natcher Parkway to allow it to be converted into the I-165 spur.
Kentucky Transportation officials say they have five to ten years of work ahead of them depending on funding availability.
They say some preliminary work is starting this week in the construction zone where ramps are being extended at the Western Kentucky Parkway and Natcher Parkway interchange.
Officials say more work is expected to start in Daviess and Ohio Counties starting on July 23.
The work zone runs along the Natcher Parkway from mile point 37 at the Ohio-Butler County line extending north to the Natcher Parkway/U.S. 60 Interchange at mile point 72 in Daviess County.
According to transportation officials, the main portion of the upgrade work will run from just south of the KY 69 Hartford Exit 50 Interchange and will extend northward to the U.S. 60 overpass at Owensboro, a distance of just over 22 miles.
Work from the Natcher Parkway Exit 50 Interchange extending northward includes removing concrete from the old tollbooth area under the KY 69 overpass, new edge drains, repairing relief joints, asphalt resurfacing, and guardrail upgrades.
Once construction activity increases around July 23, this work zone will have a 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence.
Reworking of the tollbooth style cloverleaf interchange at KY 69 is expected to be in the next round of upgrades starting sometime after 2020. The Hartford exit is among four interchanges that will have to be reworked between Bowling Green and Owensboro to meet current Interstate standards before I-165 Spur signs can go up to make the transition complete.