Several construction projects are underway in and around Western Kentucky. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 released a traffic impact report for the week of July 10-16 to help you plan ahead for your driving times and travel routes.
District 1 includes Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Graves, Calloway, Marshall, Livingston, Crittenden, Lyon, and Trigg counties. The report focuses mainly on the major axes. The firm notes that the report does not include projects on rural secondary roads which have minimal traffic across the country.
The firm’s circulation report is as follows:
I-24 westbound from Kentucky to Illinois
An Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) contractor has a work area along I-24 in Illinois from the Johnson County-Massac County line to the I-24 Ohio River Bridge at the landmark of 39 miles. For westbound traffic, this work area begins on the Kentucky side of the bridge. There is a 55 mph speed limit for westbound traffic in Kentucky from the 7 mile marker. Westbound work zone lane restrictions are in effect from midnight Sunday to 6 a.m. Friday. Both westbound lanes are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a 14 foot 3 inch load width restriction in this IDOT work area. The target completion date is November 15, 2022.
I-24 westbound 47–45 miles in Lyon County
This westbound work zone lane restriction of Interstate 24 for concrete pavement repairs in Lyon County has been shortened. It now stretches from the 47 to 45 mile marker. There are delays during peak periods. The crew works at night. All traffic is being moved to the left or overtaking lane in this work zone for approximately 2 additional weeks. There is no impact on eastbound traffic.
I-24 at the 89-93 mile marker in Christian County at the KY-TN state line
This work area has one lane traffic for concrete pavement repairs and asphalt paving between the KY 115 Oak Grove Exit 89 interchange and the Kentucky-Tennessee state line until approximately July 15, 2022. Please note that TDOT has overnight paving along I-24 in the Clarksville, Tennessee area from the 0.0 to the 5 mile marker in Tennessee. There will be no weekend work.
I-24 2.5 to 12 miles in McCracken County
Beginning July 11, a work zone along I-24 will restrict traffic in Paducah to one lane from the 2.5 to the 12-mile marker for milling and paving to smooth approaches to bridges and overpasses. The team will mill during the day and pave at night. Delays are possible during peak periods. This affects both eastbound and westbound traffic. The work should last about a week.
US 60 in Livingston County near the 12 mile marker
US 60 has an active work area near the 12-mile marker on the north end of Smithland for construction of the New Cumberland River Bridge. The contractor has earthworks in progress along the approaches. Flaggers may be present to assist trucks delivering materials and equipment to the job site. There is a 25 mph speed limit for westbound traffic and a 35 mph speed limit for eastbound traffic. The new $63.6 million bridge under construction immediately downstream of the existing bridge is expected to be ready for traffic in the summer of 2023.
US 60 / Clarks River Road on the south side of Paducah
Safety improvements along US 60/Clarks River Road extend east from the Clarks River Bridge for a half mile. Some finishing work continues along this work area, including thermal circulation painting. There is a new speed limit of 45 miles per hour. The target completion date is July 15, 2022.
US 62 in western McCracken County
The US 62/Blandville Road dual carriageway is extended west from KY 998/Olivet Church Road to the McCracken Boulevard traffic light at the Commerce Park entrance. There is a 35mph speed limit with a heavy police presence. Two-way traffic is flowing on the westbound lanes while the eastbound lanes are being rebuilt. Some secondary roads are closed along this work zone. The project is 78% complete. The target completion date is December 1, 2022.
US 62 0.0 to 7.2 miles in northern Marshall County
This safety project extends from Mile 0.0 on the Marshall County-McCracken County line to Mile 7.2 at the KY 95 intersection in Calvert City. It includes the construction of a center turn lane through Possum Trot, a left turn lane for US 62 at KY 1523/Industrial Parkway, improvements at the US 62/KY 95 intersection, as well as improvements culverts and shoulders. Pay attention to traffic changes and one-lane traffic. The project is 95% complete. The target completion date is July 31, 2022.
US 62 in Livingston County between KY Dam and KY 453
Traffic is limited to one lane on US 62 near the 1 mile marker on the Vulcan Reed Quarry Haul Road/P&L Railroad overpass. It’s on the west end of the US 62 four-lane section. There’s a 12-foot load width restriction until about August 1.
US 641 in southern Calloway County
Construction of the new US 641 from the Clarks River Bridge at the south end of Murray to the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Hazel continues. Construction of this new 6-mile, four-lane section of land will have minimal impact on US 641 and existing secondary roads. Motorists are reminded to avoid driving or moving construction barricades along the construction corridor. The target completion date for the project is summer 2023.
Daytime closure of KY 58 in Marshall County on Monday, July 11
KY 58/Mayfield Highway will be closed for a culvert replacement project west of Benton in Marshall County on Monday, July 11, 2022. This KY 58 closure is immediately east of the KY 2606/Jackson intersection School Road and about 1 mile west of US 641-Spur. Passenger vehicles will detour via KY 2606/Jackson School Road to KY 408/Oak Level Road. Trucks traveling between Benton and Mayfield should consider taking Interstate 69 to avoid the extended detour. Trucks that choose not to self-divert via I-69 will have an extended detour via KY 402/Brewers Highway, US 641 and US 641-Spur. Watch for one-lane traffic at this site for finishing work Tuesday.
KY 453/Dover Road in Livingston County near Grand Rivers
Traffic on KY 453/Dover Road is limited to one lane at the 2.1 mile marker with an automated signal on the P&L Railroad overpass immediately south of the US 62/KY 453 interchange. This will affect on travel to and from the Land Between the Lakes and the Grand Rivers region. There is a load width restriction of 12 feet until around August 1st.
KY 994/Old Mayfield Road closed in southern McCracken County
KY 994/Old Mayfield Road is closed at Mile 2.531 just south of KY 999/Lebanon Church Road due to structural issues with the support structure on the Bottom Ditch Bridge, also known as the Drainage Channel of the Blizzard Pond. Closure is until further notice.
KY 135 closed 12 miles away in Crittenden County
KY 135 is closed at the 12 mile marker for bridge work and maintenance on the Hurricane Creek Bridge. This is the one lane bridge about 3/4 mile west of the KY 91 intersection. There is an extended marked detour. The expected completion date is July 20, 2022.