Eastbound traffic already restricted

PADUCAH, Ky. (January 26, 2024)  A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to add a westbound work zone lane restriction on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge near the 29 mile marker starting on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Starting around 8 a.m., CST, Tuesday, the contractor will restrict all westbound traffic to one-lane, with traffic initially moved to the right-hand or driving lane on the bridge.  There will be several westbound rolling roadblocks on Tuesday and Wednesday to assist with the work zone set-up. Some delays are possible.

Some work zone set-up activities, such as placement of a concrete barrier wall and traffic stripe painting, will continue through Wednesday as the westbound work zone ramps up.

Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow while traffic control equipment and signage are being established.  As a reminder, eastbound traffic in this work zone is already restricted to one lane.

Local commuters who travel this section of I-24 are asked to self-detour via U.S. 62 and KY 453 between Calvert City Exit 27 and Grand Rivers Exit 31 to help reduce the likelihood of delays – particularly during peak travel periods.

This is the third of several traffic phases for this major bridge rehab project that will continue through 2024. The initial work is for joint replacement, to be followed by cleaning and painting of the steel arch, as well as other general bridge rehab and maintenance.

Traffic will be shifted in phases about every 20 days through March to facilitate the required work.   The work zone will transition to two-lanes of traffic in each direction before April 8, when a Total Solar Eclipse is expected to generate heavy traffic through the region.

The work zone includes a 55 mile-per-hour speed limit, enhanced enforcement, and double fines.  It includes interactive traffic monitoring with portable message boards that automatically alert motorists when traffic backups develop.  Watch work zone message boards for changing information on approach.

Please be alert for frequent updates on the traffic configuration as the work progresses.

Spartan Contracting is the prime contractor on this $16,353,000 bridge rehabilitation and maintenance project.  The target completion date for all work is December 1, 2024.

The Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge consists of twin tied-arch suspension bridges at I-24 mile point 29.352 at the Marshall-Livingston County Line.