WESTERN KENTUCKY (KFVS) - According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, eastbound and westbound lane restrictions on the I-24 Tennessee River Bridge at mile marker 30 will remain in place and Thanksgiving holiday travelers should consider alternate routes.
With heavy Thanksgiving Holiday traffic, we are already experiencing a traffic back for both eastbound and westbound traffic on Interstate 24 at the 30 mile marker where lane restrictions have had to remain up.
At 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, traffic has been running smoother than expected through the I-24 Work Zone on the Tennessee River Bridge at the 30 mile marker.
With about a 3 to 4 mile traffic backup in each direction, transit time for the work zone has been running about 11 to 15 minutes average.
It appears enough drivers are taking the alternate route along US 62 and KY 453 between Exit 27 and Exit 31 that it has helped to minimize delays.
At 1:00 p.m., westbound traffic was backed up about 5 miles to near the Lyon County Scales. Eastbound traffic was backed up to the Calvert City Exit 27 Overpass.
Overhead message boards have been activated at each end of the I-24 corridor in Kentucky to alert motorists to likely delays.
As of 10:53 a.m., Public Information Officer, Keith Todd said due to holiday traffic the contractor is halting his work early. The contractor is taking down a westbound work zone lane restriction for the roadway.
Todd said the crew had planed to pull down the westbound work zone near the 90mm in Kentucky after lunch, but westbound I-24 traffic backed up about five miles to near Clarksville Exit 4 in Tennessee.
With the work zone coming down shortly the traffic backup in this area should dissipate within about half an hour.
Earlier, KYTC road crews said maintaining the one lane restriction is necessary after unexpected construction delays during the installation of new joints on the bridge.
East and westbound lanes of I-24 in Kentucky will be restricted to one lane with a 12 ft. maximum load width restriction.
This lane restriction between I-24 Exit 27 and Exit 31 means significant traffic delays are likely during peak driving periods throughout Thanksgiving week.
The KYTC is suggesting cross-country travelers consider an extended alternate route to avoid delays in this work zone.
A trip from Calvert City to Cadiz along I-24 covers 41 miles with about a 38 minute travel time.
A self-detour along the extended alternate route via I-69 South and US 68 East between Calvert City and Cadiz covers 48 miles and takes about 56 minutes.
While the suggested alternate adds about 18 minutes of travel time, it may help drivers avoid delays of an hour or more when holiday traffic is heaviest.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises drivers to consider the following alternate routes:
I-24 EASTBOUND Alternate Routes
US 62 Eastbound to KY 453 Northbound at Exit 27
- Take a self-detour between the I-24/US 62 Calvert City Exit 27 Interchange along US 62 eastbound to KY 453 northbound to the I-24/KY 453 Grand Rivers Exit 31 interchange. During peak travel periods. This 2-lane Alternate Route “A” may be congested.
I-69 Southbound to US 68 Eastbound at I-24 Exit 25
- At the I-24/I-69 Exit 25 interchange, take I-69 southbound to the US 68 Draffenville Exit 47 interchange, then follow US 68 eastbound to rejoin I-24 at the Cadiz Exit 65 Interchange. This is Alternate Route “B” on the attached map with 18 minutes of additional travel time.
I-24 WESTBOUND Alternate Routes
US 68 Eastbound Exit 65 to I-69 Northbound
- Take the US 68 Cadiz Exit 65 interchange, follow US 68 West to the I-69/US 68 Draffenville Exit 47 interchange, then travel I-69 North to rejoin I-24 at the I-24/I-69 Exit 25 Interchange near Calvert City. This is Alternate Route “B” on the attached map with 18 minutes of additional travel time.
KY 453 Southbound to US 62 Westbound at Exit 31
- Take a self-detour between the I-24/KY 453 Grand Rivers Exit 31 Interchange and the I-24/US 62 Calvert City Exit 27 Interchange. During peak travel periods this 2-lane Alternate Route “A” becomes congested.
Message boards along I-24 eastbound at the Kentucky-Illinois State Line and westbound at the Kentucky-Tennessee State Line will be used to alert drivers to this work zone backup and the likelihood of significant delays.