I-71 in Gallatin County reopens after major shutdown during winter storm

One lane on I-71 North reopened on Christmas Eve and all lanes of I-71 South opened Friday.
One lane on I-71 North reopened on Christmas Eve and all lanes of I-71 South opened Friday.(OHGO)
Published: Dec. 24, 2022 at 5:06 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2022 at 7:21 PM EST
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GLENCOE, Ky. (WXIX) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced on Christmas Eve that I-71 has finally reopened after being closed for multiple days.

Only one lane is open on I-75 North, but all southbound lanes have been open since Friday evening, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

In addition, the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph to keep people safe while traveling.

Beshear says Sunday’s temperatures will be warm enough for road salt to actually work.

I-71 North and South in Gallatin County were closed completely due to significant traffic jams and disabled vehicles that piled up during the winter storm.

The governor made an announcement Friday morning warning people to “avoid the area” in Glencoe, Kentucky while roads and traffic were deteriorating. Both have improved since.

clarification: Kentucky State Police sent a press release Saturday afternoon that said all I-71 lanes were opened. A few minutes later, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released a statement stating only one northbound lane is open.

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