KYTC NEWS RELEASE
A contractor for The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans night traffic restrictions along Interstate 24 at the Exit 25 Purchase Parkway Interchange starting on Tuesday night, September 27, 2016.
These night lane restrictions are to prepare for the next phase of an ongoing reconstruction of the interchange to allow Interstate 69 to be extended southward along the parkway.
Starting Tuesday night, the contractor will restrict traffic on I-24 to one lane in each direction from 8:00 p.m., CDT, to 6 a.m., each day, through Sunday morning, October 2nd. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be moved to the right-hand or passing lane in this work zone to allow the contractor to construct median crossovers required to transistion traffic to a diversion in the next few weeks. These night lane restrictions will run along I-24 from Exit 25 to Exit 27.
Please note that prep work for the night lane restrictions will require workers to be present along the work zone starting a couple of hours before the restrictions are put up each night. Caution is required.
These night lane restrictions along I-24 will be taken down by 6:00 a.m., the following morning.
As a reminder, the I-24 Westbound Exit Ramp (Exit 25-B) to the Purchase Parkway Northbound remains closed in the interchange. Westbound I-24 traffic seeking to access Calvert City should detour via I-24 Exit 27 to US 62 westbound. A message board placed east of I-24 Exit 27 directs traffic to this detour.
In coming weeks the contractor plans to resume hauling material from the northeast quadrant of the existing cloverleaf interchange to help construct portions of the new interchange. Flaggers will be stationed on several ramps within the interchange to assist with traffic control as industrial haul trucks move around the interchange. Motorists should be prepared to stop when required.
This work zone along I-24 in Marshall County between the 25 and 28 mile marker includes a 55 mile per hour speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence and double fines for citations.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on the $37.8 million interchange reconstruction project. The new I-24/I-69 Calvert City interchange has a target completion date of July 1, 2018.
All work schedules are subject to change due to weather, emergencies, and other factors.
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