2-mile work zone restriction to allow deck work on 3 bridges
PADUCAH, Ky. (June 30, 2020) ) -- A westbound work zone lane and load width restriction along a 2-mile section of Interstate 24 at Paducah will remain up during the July 4th Holiday driving period.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers had hoped the work zone would be at a transition point that would allow it to be removed during heavy holiday traffic. However, delays due to rain will force the work zone to stay in place over the holiday weekend.
The work zone is along a section of I-24 that gets a lot of local traffic between Exit 7 and Exit 3 at Paducah. Motorists in the immediate Paducah area can help reduce holiday traffic congestion on I-24 by avoiding this westbound work zone through the weekend.
The contractor anticipates a traffic shift in this westbound work zone sometime in the next two weeks. Additionally, some intermittent lane restrictions are possible on U.S. 60 at Paducah Exit 4 and on KY 305 at Paducah Exit 3 to allow the contractor to do some work under the overpasses in coming weeks.
This westbound work zone runs along I-24 from mile point 4.8 near the Perkins Creek Bridge extending westward through the U.S. 60 Exit 4 interchange to mile point 2.8 just past the KY 305 Paducah Exit 3 interchange.
This extended work zone is to allow bridge deck overlay and maintenance work on the Perkins Creek Bridge, the U.S. 60 Exit 4 Overpass, and the KY 305 Exit 3 Overpass.
Westbound motorists should be prepared to encounter slowing and merging traffic as they approach the 5 mile marker. Initially, all traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone.
Truckers should be aware that this 2-mile long work zone includes a 13 ft. maximum load width restriction.
This work zone will have a 55 mile per hour speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence and double fines for citations.
Once the westbound work is completed, the contractor will move to the eastbound lanes along this same section.
The contractor will provide timely notice when there are changes in the traffic configuration.
Harper Construction, LLC, is the prime contractor on this $1.4 million bridge deck replacement and maintenance project. The target completion date for all work on the project is August 1, 2020.
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