PADUCAH – Entry and exit ramps at the I-24/U.S. 60 Paducah Exit 4 interchange are expected to close promptly at 6 a.m. Monday, according to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
According to the release, entry and exit traffic for Paducah Exit 4 will be provided a marked detour to the I-24/KY 305 Paducah Exit 3 Interchange.
KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said that once the ramps close July 8, traffic signals at the ramp ends will be disabled to allow through-traffic along U.S. 60 between Coleman Road and James-Sanders Boulevard to move more efficiently.
With the ramps closed, work can proceed with median barrier wall construction under and around the Exit 4 overpass. The release said once that concrete work is completed, the contractor will set a date for overnight closures of U.S. 60 to allow paving of of the new Double Crossover Diamond.
Once the Exit 4 ramps close on July 8, travelers on I-24 will be detoured to the I-24/KY 305 Paducah Exit 3 interchange. Traffic seeking to connect to U.S. 60 East into Paducah and to access businesses on the Paducah side of I-24 near Exit 4 will detour via Charter Oak Drive and Coleman Road. Motorists seeking to connect to U.S. 60 West and businesses near the west side of the Exit 4 interchange will detour via KY 998/Olivet Church Road and New Holt Road to reconnect with U.S. 60 near Kentucky Oaks Mall.
In the release, KYTC Public Information Officer Keith Todd encouraged local commuters who travel to and from the area to consider alternate routes via New Holt Road, Pecan Drive, and James-Sanders Boulevard to help reduce the number of vehicles traveling the marked detour through the Exit 3 interchange.
Message boards will be placed at Wickliffe advising through traffic traveling into Paducah from the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge to use KY 286 and U.S. 62 to connect to I-24 at Exit 7 during the Exit 4 ramp closures. Extra detour signage and message boards will be placed around Paducah to help local traffic access Exit 7.
I-24 traffic through the Paducah Exit 4 interchange will remain open throughout the ramp closure.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide timely notice when the night closures of U.S. 60 are scheduled to begin. The likely start date is July 22. Traffic is expected to move to the new DCD configuration after the first couple of nights of paving.
The contractor is required to reopen U.S. 60 and the ramps at the Paducah Exit 4 interchange by Aug. 12 when the DCD is expected to be substantially complete.
According to the release, roughly 28,500 vehicles travel U.S. 60 through the Exit 4 interchange each day. In comparison, KY 305 carries about 5,000 vehicles through the Exit 4 interchange in an average day.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $9,179,425 Double Crossover Diamond construction project. The target completion date is Nov. 20.