Widening project begins, snarls traffic along Interstate 64

It's been very slow going on a major Kentucky interstate after construction started Monday. It's just the beginning to a major construction project. The work is underway eastbound on Interstate 64 near Winchester. Drivers tell NEWSFIRST they spent about two hours Monday night going from the Avon exit east of Lexington to Winchester.

Traffic was moving smoothly along I-64 Monday night, but at the height of rush hour, many say it was more like a parking lot. Transportation officials tell NEWSFIRST rain led to ponding on one lane and forced them to limit travel to only one lane in the area near Winchester.

Many folks got caught in the bottleneck travelling east-bound on I-64 near Avon just trying to make it past Winchester. In fact, many people caught in traffic called our newsroom, saying it was taking more than 2 hours to go just a few miles. Traffic is down to one lane in the east-bound lanes only. State Highway officials say the state did just sign a contract to widen 64 to 6 lanes between Winchester and the Mountain Parkway.
Kristina Hisle works at theChevron in Winchester at exit 94. She says during the hieght of rush hour, her station was slammed. Hisle Recommends trying to find an alternate route if you're heading east bound.... especially if that impacts your morning commute.

The work that slowed traffic eastbound is expected to last until at least 3:00pm Tuesday.
The next step in the widening project will include the westbound lanes of I-64 near winchester. There's no word yet on when that will begin.