HARDIN COUNTY — The pending development of Ford’s newest factory in Glendale has the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) preparing for increased traffic.

What You Need To Know

  • KYTC prepares infrastructure for upcoming Ford plant mega-site project

  • Ford announced the plant will bring 5,000 jobs to Hardin County

  • Construction projects to begin in 2022

  • The new complex is scheduled to begin production in 2025

Longtime Glendale resident Delbert Best has been in the auto-body industry for nearly 50 years.

He's aware that the small, quaint town he grew up and raised children in for almost eight decades is about to face massive change.

"Once you been used to your quiet life like this here all your life, it’s going to be different, you know. Like I said, I’m 76. I don’t need that excitement anymore," explained the Hardin County resident.

This week, Ford Motor Company unveiled its plans to build two new $5.8 billion battery manufacturing plants in Glendale.

"It will be good for the community in one way, you know, and then you’ve got some people who are going to disagree with it," suggested Best.

While road construction is never preferred, business owners like Best are ready to roll with the punches.

His body shop is located outside his childhood home just a couple of blocks from the new electric car battery plant.

"With that much traffic coming in and out, it’s going to be a little noisy too. I imagine you’re going to hear some of the noise out of it with a plant that big," he said.

KYTC said preparations for infrastructure are already underway in the surrounding area.

Chris Jessie, public information officer for KYTC's District 4 in Elizabethtown, told Spectrum News 1, "This is a project that really addresses several needs, access needs, for the entire exit 86 interchange there at Glendale."

He said when it comes to traffic, that will soon change in a big way.

Jessie said the improvement project includes moving the I-65 overpass a few hundred yards south of the current bridge using a single-point urban interchange design.

"We knew we needed to address US 31 W, that connection on the east side of I-65 so that definitely had to be also addressed just to make sure that flow could get in and out of that general area. What it basically does is it moves the interchange about a few hundred yards south of where the current bridge is," said Jessie.

According to KYTC, other projects are also being considered to alleviate congestion in the areas.

"There are going to be a lot of effects not just within a few miles. This is going to be a far reaching thing so you know there are some other connections that might need to be made down in the future," said Jessie.

In the meantime, Best hopes along with improved infrastructure, the mega-site will give way to better-paying jobs.

"It will bring a lot of jobs, a lot of good jobs, but they got to find people that want to work," said Best.

According to Ford Motor Company, the new complex is scheduled to begin production in 2025.