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KSP: Congestion, inattention often leads to crashes on I-75 in Rockcastle Co.

I-75 Rockcastle County

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. - A section of Interstate 75 that's currently under construction to improve the roadway has been the scene of several accidents.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation is widening I-75 in Rockcastle County to six lanes. Right now, the work is happening in a five-mile stretch that begins just north of the 62-mile marker.

Over the years, there have been numerous crashes on that stretch of interstate. That's why the state approved millions of dollars in spending to widen the roadway.

Lately, police say congestion, inattention, and other factors have caused significant travel delays for drivers.

"Whole lot less room for error," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran. "When you have the concrete barriers up, (it) does make the roadway a little narrower, so you have to pay attention when you are going through, especially when passing commercial vehicles."

On Tuesday, police closed I-75 southbound for about four hours when a truck and two other vehicles collided. Last Thursday, there was another wreck on the interstate that caused a significant traffic disruption.

Kentucky State Police say drivers need to be aware of the road construction, pay attention, and slow down.

Road construction is taking place in five-mile increments and is expected to be completed by October 2018. The expansion project will include new bridges at both Mt. Vernon exits.

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