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Construction of the new roadway being built over the CSX railroad tracks connecting the Airport Industrial Center to Louisville International Airport has been delayed. This section of Phase 1 of the Crittenden Drive Relocation Project was scheduled to be completed by May 7. However, unforeseen conditions—the need to excavate sections of the roadbed deeper than planned due to unstable soils and repair (not due to construction) of a natural gas line—have caused construction delays. It is now anticipated that Strawberry Lane from Allmond Avenue, south to Rochester Drive North will open no later than Friday, June 8.
Construction on Phase I began in Summer 2011 and still should be finished in midsummer 2012. The relocation of Crittenden Drive is necessary so that Taxiway A at Louisville International Airport can be completed, allowing the airport to accommodate Group VI aircraft—the largest and newest long-range commercial aircraft. NOTE: Page 2 of this release is a detailed map of the construction area and roadway detours.