Paving project to take about two weeks to complete

PADUCAH, Ky. (July 2, 2024)  A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans prep work for a milling and paving project along U.S. 62 (Blandville Road) in western McCracken County starting today.

This asphalt paving project runs along U.S. 62 from mile point 3.2 at the KY 286 intersection near the McCracken Ballard County Line at Milan Station, extending eastward to mile point 7.8 at the McCracken Boulevard/Massac Church Road intersection, a distance of 4.6 miles.

The contractor plans to pull pavement markers today with milling to start on Wednesday, July 3, followed by leveling and wedging base pavement.  The contractor will take a break for the July 4th Holiday, to return with asphalt surface work through the following week.

Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers during daylight hours.  Some delays are possible during the movement and placement of equipment to facilitate the work.

Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

A $2.4 million Highway Safety Improvement Project (HSIP) was completed along this section of U.S. 62 in 2021.  It included shoulder improvements, and lengthening of culverts and cross drains.  As part of the safety enhancement project, the U.S. 62/KY 286 “Y” intersection was realigned to a “T” intersection. 

At that time, KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat noted that while this section of U.S. 62 (Blandville Road) is located in McCracken County, it is mainly traveled by commuters from Ballard County and Carlisle County to jobs in Paducah, and by workers heading to the Wickliffe Paper Mill and river industries in Ballard County – benefiting residents of all 3 counties.

Approximately 8.300 vehicles travel this section of U.S. 62 in an average day.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on the U.S. 62 paving project.  The work is expected to take about two weeks to complete.