You Asked: Why are the I-64 rest areas closed?

Rest areas on Interstate 64 east and west bound are closed. (Chanda Veno | State Journal)

If you’ve driven between Frankfort and Lexington recently, you may have noticed that the rest areas near the Franklin-Woodford County line have been closed for a few weeks.

A reader asked The State Journal why. The answer is because of lift station repairs and renovations. Lexington-based OMNI Commercial is working on the project.

A sewage lift station is part of the wastewater treatment process. A lift station is used in low-lying areas where a gravity fed system is not sufficient. A series of pumps transports the sanitary wastewater to a treatment facility, lagoon, drain field, forced main, another gravity system, etc. A pump failure may result in a sewage overflow and the potential for environmental contamination and public endangerment.

OMNI’s Project Manager Joseph Isaacs said the renovation is a “pretty straightforward job.” He said construction started about two weeks ago and is focused on upgrading the rest areas.

“It’s very dated, probably from the ’70s,” Isaacs said.

According to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the rest areas, located between mile markers 60.2 and 60.7, closed on Jan. 31 and the project is expected to be completed by June with an anticipated completion date of May 3, KYTC District 7 spokeswoman Natasha Lacy said. Isaacs echoed her estimate and said the project should be completed by the Kentucky Derby.

While the rest areas are closed, semi-tractor trailers may still use the parking lots.

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