Several construction projects are underway in western Kentucky.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 released a traffic impact report from May 14-21, 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 contractor has a work area along I-24 in Illinois from the Johnson County line through Massac County to the I-24 Ohio River Bridge at the 39 mile marker. 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 through 6:00 a.m. Friday. Both westbound lanes are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a 14ft-3in load width restriction in this IDOT work area. The target completion date is November 15, 2022.
Interstate 24 Westbound Only 28 miles in Marshall County
Westbound I-24 is limited to one lane at the 28-mile mark to allow for bridge work on the KY 282/Gilbertsville overpass. There is a maximum load width restriction of 12 feet. The duration is about two weeks.
US 60 in Livingston County
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. 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 target date for completion of the new $63.6 million bridge is spring 2023.
US 60 / KY 70 intersection at Smithland in Livingston County
Work at the US 60/KY 70 intersection at the north end of Smithland will intensify beginning Monday, May 16. The contractor will be placing drainage tiles and carrying out backfilling work, as well as removing the old pavement over the next month or so. This is part of the preparatory work to complete the connections to the New Cumberland Rive Bridge. Please see the post above for more information.
US 62 in western McCracken County
This work area along US 62 consists of extending the existing 4-lane west from KY 998/Olivet Church Rd 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. The expected 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 target completion date is July 31, 2022.
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, 4-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 expected completion date is summer 2023.
KY 131 / Said Road near McCracken-Graves County line
KY 131/Said Road will be closed to through traffic at McCracken County Mile 0.59 beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 19, for a culvert replacement. The roadway at this site will be closed until around June 3. No marked diversion. However, you can take a detour to KY 450 and KY 3075.
KY 91 5 miles in Crittenden County
Motorists should be prepared for intermittent lane restrictions at the northwest boundary of Marion for ongoing work at the New Crooked Creek Bridge. Traffic was moved to the new bridge. However, the contractor will signal traffic at certain times to facilitate the removal of the temporary detour that was carrying traffic during the construction of the new bridge. The duration is about two weeks. KY 91 connects Marion and the Cave-in-Rock ferry.
KY 121 at 3.66 miles in SW Calloway County
KY 121 has a work area at Mile 3.66 for bridge and maintenance work on two bridges. It includes one-lane traffic with an automated signal. It is between the Kentucky-Tennessee state line and the community of New Concord. This section of KY 121 in Calloway County connects to TN 119 on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line which connects to US 79 near Paris Landing. Completion is expected within the next two weeks.
KYTC District 1 also wants drivers to consider the following work area safety tips:
- Expect the unexpected.
- To slow down.
- Do not tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Maintain high awareness of construction workers and equipment.
- Pay attention to the signs and obey the instructions of the road crew flaggers.
- Stay alert and minimize distractions.
- Follow the flow of traffic.
- Navigate traffic with GoKY.ky.gov or through the Waze app on your smartphone.
- Knowing where construction zones are before travel can minimize frustration and delays.
- Be patient and stay calm.