Contract awarded to widen more of I-65 through Hardin Co.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is taking another step toward widening Interstate 65 from the Ohio River to the Tennessee border.

The state's Transportation Cabinet has awarded a nearly $138.5 million contract to rebuild 17 miles of I-65 in Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties.

The project will widen the interstate to six lanes - three in each direction. That stretch is currently four lanes.

State officials say the project is to be completed in 2017.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says once the work is done, less than 10 miles of I-65 in Hardin County will remain to be widened to six lanes.

Since 2000, the Transportation Cabinet has awarded contracts totaling more than $600 million to widen I-65 from the Tennessee line to Elizabethtown.

A section that ends near Munfordville is currently under construction.

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