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An announcement at 3 a.m. today will brighten the lives of West Point residents and Fort Knox commuters.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews reopened all lanes of U.S. 31W at the site of the train derailment near the Hardin-Jefferson County line north of West Point. Work requiring lane closures is now complete, Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chris Jessie said in a news release.
As hazardous chemicals were transferred from damaged rail cars, Dixie Highway was closed from Ky. 44 in southwest Jefferson County to the Salt River bridge at West Point. As work progressed, the state was able to open one lane in each direction at a reduced speed. The highway in that area is now fully functional, Jessie said.
Diverted traffic increased cars on Interstate 65 and complicated commuter traffic in Radcliff. Vehicles headed south to the post took I-65 and Ky. 313 to avoid the derailment site and joined the U.S. 31W crunch in Radcliff. Police reported delays and an increase in collisions.
The P&L train derailed around 6 a.m. Oct. 29 near the Ohio Valley Raceway just north of West Point. In addition to traffic issues, residents have been forced to evacaute at times because of health threats related to the wreck.