The Richwood Rd. Interchange Improvements project will:
Replace the existing interchange at Richwood Rd. (KY 338) 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.
Replace the current intersection at Richwood Rd. and Dixie Highway (US 25) with a newer and safer traffic pattern, known as a single point urban interchange (SPUI). This will allow for freer movement of traffic along Richwood Rd., which will pass under Dixie Highway. Dixie Highway traffic will move continuously via a bridge over Richwood Rd.
Construct a roundabout at the intersection of Richwood Rd. and Triple Crown Blvd.
Eliminate two railroad crossings by constructing an overpass railroad bridge. Richwood Rd. will go under the bridge.
Widen Richwood Rd. from Triple Crown Blvd. to Old Lexington Pike and widen Dixie Highway from Logistics Blvd. to the north of Winning Colors Dr. Road widening will allow for the addition of dedicated turn lanes at the interstate and Richwood Rd./Dixie Highway interchanges.
Add a multi-use path and sidewalks, as well as a raised median along Richwood Rd.
Improve access to area businesses.
are these improvements taking place?
The Richwood Rd. Interchange Improvements will dramatically improve safety, reduce travel time delays and provide better connections to a growing number of businesses in the area. Additionally, they will greatly increase access to three truck stops along this important segment of the National Highway Freight Network.
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.
The single point urban interchange (SPUI) – pronounced “Spooey” – is increasing in popularity for many of the same reasons, and because this type of interchange pattern separates traffic moving to and from the interstate from through traffic.
Roundabouts help keep traffic moving at safer speeds and have been proven to be safer than traditional intersections with traffic signals.
New shared-use paths will improve access for bicyclists and pedestrians while connecting to a planned multi-use trail throughout the region.
The elimination of the two railroad crossings and construction of the overpass railroad bridge will vastly improve safety and congestion and provide unlimited access to and from the industrial park and the Walton Fire Station.
Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22, weather permitting:
Crews will be working on Best Pal Dr., Winning Colors Dr., and Triple Crown Blvd. daily between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. During this time, temporary road closures may be needed and short-term detours will be put into place.
Wednesday, May 20 – Thursday, May 21, weather permitting:
Beginning at 8 p.m., the two right lanes on I-71/75 southbound will be closed at the Richwood Rd. (KY 338) exit for approximately one mile. By 6 a.m., Thursday morning, one lane will reopen and only the far right lane will remain closed.
Ongoing project work, weather permitting:
Utility relocation work is taking place within the project area. Occasional lane closures may occur, but traffic will be maintained with flaggers when needed.
The right lane of I-71/75 southbound is closed at the Richwood Rd. (KY 338) exit for approximately one mile. This closure is expected to be in place through mid-July.
much will the project cost?
The construction cost is expected to be approximately $60 million.