Prep work for major I-24 work to start next week


A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans to ramp up prep work for a major work zone along a section of Interstate 24 in Kentucky starting Monday.


The work zone for concrete pavement replacement and rehab runs from the 51 to the 65-mile marker through parts of Lyon, Caldwell and Trigg counties. Initial work will include the construction of crossovers to allow two-way traffic to run on the westbound lanes — freeing up the eastbound lanes to allow replacement of concrete pavement and completion of drainage improvements.


Construction barrels will be used to establish temporary work zone lane restrictions required for construction of the traffic crossovers. KyTC engineers anticipate placement of a centerline barrier wall along the westbound lanes for the entire length of the project could start a couple of weeks after construction begins on the crossover points. An update will be provided once the contractor schedules a date for the required traffic shift.


Truckers should be aware this work zone will include a maximum 12-foot load width restriction for eastbound traffic and a maximum 15-foot load width restriction for westbound traffic. These load width restrictions are required due to the use of a centerline barrier wall along the westbound lanes through the 6-mile work zone. Once two-way traffic is running along the westbound lanes there will be a strictly enforced 55 mph work zone speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence.


The contractor will meet with KyTC engineers Friday to develop a timeline for additional construction activities. A more specific schedule of lane restrictions and traffic shifts is expected to be available after that meeting.


Hall Contracting of Kentucky is the prime contractor on this $28.09 million highway improvement project. The work, which includes major rehabilitation work along the eastbound lanes of I-24 and concrete repairs along westbound lanes, will be completed in several phases. The target completion date is Nov. 30.


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