Traffic to run on base courses of asphalt through holiday

PADUCAH, Ky. (May 19, 2024)  A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to temporarily remove lane restrictions in a work zone along Interstate 24 in Livingston County by sometime on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

This milling, paving, and roadway rehabilitation project along I-24 runs from mile point 29.54 near the Tennessee River Bridge, extending eastward to mile point 33.664 near the Cumberland River Bridge, a distance of 4.12 miles.  It connects with a work zone at the 29 mile marker for rehabilitation work on the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge.

The contractor plans to temporarily remove westbound restrictions first, with all lane restrictions removed by sometime Wednesday.  Traffic will be running on base courses of asphalt through the Memorial Day Holiday driving period with two lanes of travel in each direction.

Motorists should be aware that the 11-ft lane width restriction  and 13-ft.- 6 in. maximum height restriction will remain in place on the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge at the west end of the paving project.

Having all lanes open for the Memorial Day Holiday driving period will reduce the likelihood of traffic delays developing along the work zone.

The contractor plans to resume work with lane restrictions returning around Tuesday, May 28.  The contractor plans to take another break to allow all lanes to be open during the July 4th Holiday driving period.

The project includes milling, base repairs, asphalt paving, and guardrail upgrades.  This work zone includes a 55 mile-per-hour speed limit, enhanced enforcement presence, and interactive signage to alert approaching motorists to traffic backups.  Interactive message boards for the work zone operate in connection with the Tennessee River Bridge work zone to provide real-time alerts for back-ups or stopped traffic.

When lane restrictions are in place for construction activities, area commuters should consider a self-detour via U.S. 62 between U.S. 62 Eddyville-Kuttawa Exit 40 and U.S. 62 Calvert City Exit 27, to avoid potential delays.

Base repair work and other construction activities may require some occasional overnight closures to be announced as the project progresses through the summer.  KYTC District 1 and the contractor will attempt to provide timely updates when there are substantial changes to traffic configuration.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $6,653,701 highway rehabilitation project.  The target completion date is August 1, 2024.