The Mt. Zion Rd. (KY 536) Interchange Improvements project will:
Replace the existing interchange at Mt. Zion Rd. (KY 536) and I-71/75 with a double crossover diamond (DCD) interchange. This innovative solution has been proven to result in significant reductions to both crashes and delays by eliminating left turns made against oncoming traffic.
Widen Mt. Zion Rd. from three lanes to up to nine lanes from west of the interchange to Dixie Highway (US 25) on the east side. Widening will allow for the addition of new through/turn lanes and a raised median on Mt. Zion Rd. Additionally, new upgraded service roads that provide better access to local businesses will be built.
Construct a shared-use path along the north side of Mt. Zion Rd.
Add sidewalks along the south side of Mt. Zion Rd. east of the interchange. Sidewalks will be extended in other locations within the project area.
are these improvements
The Mt. Zion Rd. Interchange Improvements will dramatically improve safety, reduce travel time delays and provide better connections to a growing number of businesses in the area.
Significant regional growth and increasing traffic volumes have also led to higher crash rates than the statewide average for similar roadways. Double crossover diamond (DCD) interchanges dramatically improve safety because they eliminate numerous traffic conflict points. DCDs also move drivers through high traffic areas much more efficiently.
New shared-use paths will improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians while connecting to a planned multi-use trail throughout the region.
will work begin and end?
Construction began in 2019 and will continue through 2022.
Beginning at noon, crews will be working on I-71/75 southbound between Mt. Zion Rd. (KY 536) and Richwood Rd. (KY 338) to patch various potholes. Law enforcement will be present to maintain traffic. Work is expected to be completed by 2 p.m., but short-term delays are possible while repairs take place.
The new single-lane roundabout at the intersection of Sherwood Lakes Dr. and the Biltmore Connector is now OPEN. The new connection that runs from Biltmore Blvd. to Investment Way also is open.
As a reminder, traffic wishing to enter the roundabout should always yield to traffic already circling the roundabout.
If you'd like to read more about roundabouts and how they improve safety, visit our Street Talk 101 page.
Ongoing traffic impacts, weather permitting:
Crews will be working along Mt. Zion Rd. between Tiburon Dr. and Dixie Hwy. (US 25). Occasional lane closures may occur, but traffic will be maintained with flaggers when needed.
much will the project cost?
The construction cost is expected to be approximately $20 million.