The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to replace the Route FF bridge over Cane Creek in Bollinger County. The bridge is located approximately 4.5 miles west of Route 51, southwest of Marble Hill, Mo. Construction could begin as early as summer 2019. As construction is underway, Route FF will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 12 to 16 weeks during construction, weather permitting. A signed detour will be provided during construction. Maps, plans, and other information prepared by the Missouri Department of Transportation, or interested agency, will be available for public inspection and copying at the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Sikeston District office, 2675 N. Main Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Any person affected by this project may request that a public hearing be held in regard to the proposed improvements.
Cape Girardeau County
A contractor hit an underground water line on Highway 61 while working on the asphalt overlay project causing an emergency closure of Highway 61 on Friday, Aug. 16. According to the City, the northbound lane of Highway 61 will be temporarily closed between the roundabout at Main St. and Route D (Independence St.) to all traffic for this emergency repair work. All northbound traffic will have to use other routes to bypass the construction zone. It’s unknown how long the closure will last. No boil water advisory will be issued and public water is safe.
The eastbound lane of Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau will be closed in two locations, including a sidewalk section, due to private AT&T utility maintenance. Schedules are subject to weather and other factors. Motorists should always use additional caution around workers. The work takes place Sept. 4 to Oct. 2.
- Broadway/Main – One lane will be partially blocked.
- Broadway/Spanish – Traffic going east will be detoured. Traffic going west will not be diverted.
- 9/4/19- Setting up detour and cutting street
- 9/5/19 – 9/6/19: Removing street, exposing at&t manhole
- 9/9/19 – 9/13/19: Removing old manhole, forming and pouring new manhole
- 9/14/19 – 9/20/19: Cure time for new manhole and street
- 9/20/19 Re-open street and remove detour
- 9/16/19 Setting up signage (no detour), Cutting street
- 9/17/19 – 9/18/19: Removing street, exposing at&t manhole
- 9/19/19 – 9/25/19: Removing old manhole, forming and pouring new manhole
- 9/26/19 – 10/1/19: Cure time for new MH/Street
- 10/2/19 Remove signage/cones and open to normal traffic.
Beginning at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, Wayne Helderman Trucking Company will be reducing the traffic in Cape Girardeau along the 400 block of Siemers to one lane of travel each direction. Work should last approximately 24 hours depending upon weather and working conditions. This work is to provide water services to a business along Siemers.
Route 61 will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as contractor crews perform pavement improvements. The project limits will extend from I-55 at Fruitland, Mo. to Route 25. Improvements will be completed in three phases. Contractors will first extend the right turn lane at Route D. During the next phase of the project, crews will repair the pavement from Interstate 55 to Madison Street in Jackson, Missouri. A detour will be available for southbound traffic as work is underway from Route D to Madison Street. The final phase of the project will include resurfacing from Interstate 55 to Route 25. Weather permitting, work will begin Monday, July 29 through Friday, Nov. 1. During this multi-phase project, crews will work at various times – including overnight as necessary.
As part of the Route 61 overlay project through the City of Jackson, MoDOT contractor crews will close the southbound lane only of Route 61 from Route D/Independence Street to Madison Street beginning tomorrow, Aug. 14 for 15 calendar days. Northbound traffic will NOT be impacted. The detour route for traffic will be Route D/Independence to Farmington Street to Route 72.
Outer Road 55/Larch Lane will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as contractor crews overlay the road with asphalt. This section of road is located between Route 61 near Fruitland, Mo. to County Road 434. Weather permitting, crews will work on Wednesday, July 17 through Friday, Nov. 1 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
MoDOT says bridge repairs to the Route 74/Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge will take place Tuesday, May 28 through Monday, Sept. 16. Contractor crews will repair the metal joint connecting Route 74 to the bridge on the Missouri side. Contractor crews will repair the westbound lanes first, so head-to-head traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes. Once finished, traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes while the eastbound side is repaired. Throughout the project, driving lanes will be reduced to a 12-foot width restriction. The Emerson Bridge goes over the Mississippi River into Illinois, located between Fountain St. and Levee Rd.
Route 53 will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews perform shoulder repairs. This section of road is located between County Road 211 and County Road 215. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Route 72 will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as contractor crews build a new bridge over Stouts Creek, located east of Arcadia, Mo. The new bridge will be built north of the existing structure. As construction is underway, temporary traffic signals will be in place to allow one-lane traffic to utilize the existing structure. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Thursday, July 25 with completion anticipated on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Beginning Friday, March 15 the bridge on N. Main St. in Ironton which goes over Knob Creek will be closed indefinitely.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning to replace the Route C bridge over the St. Francis River in Madison County. The bridge is located 3.8 miles northwest of Saco, Mo. The new structure will be constructed east of the existing bridge. Constructing the new structure on a different alignment will allow the roadway to remain open during construction; traffic will use the existing bridge during this time. The project is expected to be let in June 2020. Construction could begin as early as Sept. 2020. Construction is expected to be underway for approximately six months. The new bridge will be wider than the existing structure and will eliminate the need for weight restrictions.
Route DD in Mississippi County will see lane reduction as MoDoT crews perform roadside repairs. This section of roadway is located from Route 75 to County Road 318. Work will begin Wednesday, Aug. 14 and continue until Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The work zone will be marked with signs.
New Madrid County
The City of New Madrid says crews will be working to finish work that was scheduled to be done in trimming trees around power lines that was scheduled for 2019. They started on Wednesday, June 2, so expect them to be in parts of town over the next several weeks.
Also, the city said its 2019 street improvement program started on Wednesday, June 12. Construction at some intersections in town has already begun so a few intersections may be blocked. After concrete re-construction is completed, the asphalt overlays will begin. Streets that will see improvements include: Howard St., Ramsey Ln., Kingshighway (Pinnell to Scott), Powell St., Riley St./Hunter St. intersection, Hunter St., Vandevender/Hunter intersection, St. Peter and St. Paul.
MoDOT is doing road construction on US Highway 61, starting from 4-way going North toward Howardville. Police say to please use caution when turning off of the side streets into 61. Traffic is down to one lane going North and South, with MoDOT workers directing traffic. To avoid any head-on collisions or any other accidents, please try to use a different route when traveling 61.
Route D in Perry County will be reduced to one lane as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of roadway is located from Route 61 to Route C. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Aug. 19 through Thursday, Aug. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.
Route T will be reduced with a 10-foot width restriction as contractor crews build new shoulders and pavement improvements. This section of road is located between Route BB and Route 51 in Perryville. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, July 1 through Friday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
Route 61 will be reduced to one lane as contractor crews remove and reconstruct the sidewalks through Perryille. Work will take place from Route 51 to Sutterer Place Road. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, June 10 through Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Route E in Scott County will be reduced with a 10 foot width restriction as contractor crews overlay the road with asphalt. This section of roadway is located from Route 77 to Washington Street in Commerce, Missouri. Weather permitting, work will take place Wednesday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Southbound Interstate 55 in Scott County will be reduced to one lane with a 10-foot width restriction at the I-55/Route 62 interchange (Exit 67) in Miner, Mo., as Missouri Department of Transportation crews repair the overpass. Weather permitting, work will be underway Wednesday, Aug. 14 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Route 77 will be closed as contractor crews replace the bridge over the North Cut Ditch, just north of Diehlstadt, Mo. This section of road is located between County Road 525 and County Road 352. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, July 1 through Monday, Sept. 30. There will be a signed detour to take Route D to Route N to Route NN back to Route 77/62.
Route AE in Stoddard County will be closed as Missouri Department of Transportation crews overlay the roadway. This section of roadway is located from Route 51 to County Road 497. Weather permitting, work will take place Monday, Aug. 19 through Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Open to local traffic only.
Route T will be closed as contractor crews replace a bridge over Turkey Creek. This bridge is located between County Road 295 and County Road 297. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, July 15 and re-open Monday, Sept. 30.
Route DD will be closed as contractor crews replace a bridge. This bridge is located over Spring Creek between County Road 593 and County Road 372 near Vanduser, Mo. Weather permitting, crews will be working on Monday, June 3 and reopen on Friday, Sept. 6.
The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to replace the Route T bridge over Turkey Creek in Stoddard County. The bridge is located approximately 1.9 miles west of Route 51, near Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. Construction could begin as early as summer 2019. As construction is underway, Route T will be closed to through traffic in the vicinity of the bridge. The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately eight to 12 weeks during construction, weather permitting. A signed detour will be available as construction is underway. Maps, plans, and other information prepared by the Missouri Department of Transportation, or interested agency, will be available for public inspection and copying at the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Sikeston District office, 2675 N. Main Street, Sikeston, MO 63801. Any person affected by this project may request that a public hearing be held in regard to the proposed improvements.
St. Louis County
MoDOT will close one westbound lane of I-44 between I-270 and Bowles for Meramec River Bridge construction. Starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, the right lane on westbound I-44 will be closed just after the ramp to I-270. It will stay closed around the clock for the next three years as part of the on-going construction project. Access from Watson Road (Route 366), as well as northbound and southbound I-270, to westbound I-44 will shift, but will not change during this portion of the project. Drivers will also still be able to access the Soccer Park exit from westbound I-44. Drivers should expect greater congestion, especially during the evening rush period, in this area. The three-year project replaces the westbound and eastbound I-44 bridges over the Meramec, makes improvements to the ramps between I-270 and I-44 and replaces the bridge from eastbound I-44 to eastbound Watson Road, and the bridge from westbound Watson Road to westbound I-44.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry plans to close for an extended U.S. Coast Guard inspection on Monday, August 19. The closure is expected to last about one week. This is to allow allow the boat and barge to be placed in dry-dock for an extensive 5-year safety inspection.
IDOT says crews will begin adding an additional lane to I-57 starting Monday, April 1. The work will stretch from mile post 57 to mile post 65 in Franklin and Williamson counties. The project will expand 4.4 miles of I-57 to add an additional lane in each direction. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction of I-57 during night construction operations. The project includes earthwork, HMA pavement, HMA resurfacing, erosion control, traffic control and protection, guardrail, seeding, under drains, pavement markings, signage and rumble strips. IDOT says the work will be finished by July 2020.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 9 crews with the City of Carbondale will be working on a street resurfacing project along W. Freeman. Due to this work, there will be sidewalk closures and lane restrictions at various locations from Glenview Dr. to Oakland Ave.
Starting on Thursday, August 1, weather permitting, crews will be working on I-64 Eastbound, west of Mt. Vernon, that will require lane closures from mile post 65 to mile post 73. Work is anticipated to last for 3 weeks. Drivers should reduce speed, be alert to equipment and workers and use extreme caution when traveling through this area.
Starting on August 5, weather permitting, crews will be working on I-57 from 1 mile north of the West Frankfort Interchange, mile post 66, to Bonnie, mile post 87. This will require nightly lane closures for patching and resurfacing on various locations.
Starting on August 5, weather permitting, I-57 will have lane closures for patching and resurfacing. This is on I-57 from 1 mile north of the West Frankfort Interchange (MP 66) to Bonnie (MP 87).
Beginning Monday, April 1, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on I-24 from mile-post 34 to mile-post 36 in Metropolis due to a bridge construction project. Drivers will be using a crossover while crews construct a new bridge in the eastbound lanes. Local traffic will also be affected. Drivers using Country Club Rd. will also be reconstructed withing the work zone. Country Club Rd. will be reduced to one lane and closed during construction of the structures. Weather permitting, the project is expected to last through Nov. 15, 2019.
IDOT is alerting motorists that construction will begin on Illinois Route 145 in Massac and Pope County on Thursday, Aug. 22. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers. pavement will be re-pitched and asphalt surface removed. Motorists should be aware of equipment and workers while driving through work zones.
Beginning Tuesday, April 23, Interstate 64 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between milepost 130 at Grayville and Indiana milepost 1. IDOT said the lane closures are necessary for crews to make repairs, milling and resurfacing of the Wabash River Bridge. To avoid delays, drivers are urged to seek an alternate route.
Weather permitting, work will begin on August 1 on IL 13 in Marion that includes ADA improvements, installation of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings from Johnson Street to Railroad Street.
IDOT announced an upcoming pavement reservation project on the eastbound lanes of Illinois 13 that will start July 11, weather permitting. The work zone will be before Main Street on the east edge of town to east of Crab Orchard Road. The project consists of micro-surfacing, bump removal and fiber-modified asphalt crack sealing. Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day for the pavement preservation project.
On Monday, April 1, weather permitting, IDOT crews will begin the next phase of the I-57 Expansion Project. From mile post 57 to mile post 65 in Williamson and Franklin Counties crews will be adding an additional lane to the southbound and northbound lanes of I-57. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction of I-57 during night construction operations. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution through the work zones. The proposed work for the project includes earthwork, HMA pavement, HMA resurfacing, erosion control, traffic control and protection, guardrail, seeding, underdrains, pavement markings, signage, and rumble strips. IDOT says the work will be finished by July 2020.
Work Zone Lane Restriction along U.S. 51 at 6mm in Ballard County Continues July 18 and Into the Weekend. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Ballard County Highway Maintenance Crew continues to have an active work zone along U.S. 51 near the 6 mile marker in Ballard County. This work zone with one lane traffic along the U.S. 51 levee about 1 mile south of the U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge is expected to remain up around the clock through the weekend. The crew is working on shoulder and pavement repairs along the levee. During periods of flooding, KYTC crews have commonly had to repair sections of the US 51 levee between Wickliffe and Cairo. This year, the levee and roadway shoulders have required more repairs than normal due to the extended flooding. As floodwaters have dropped, there has been come cracking of pavement and more extensive repairs have been required along the shoulder area. Traffic will be restricted to one lane with alternating flow controlled by flaggers through the night, tonight. This work zone lane restriction will likely remain in place through the weekend while work continues. Portable message boards are placed along the levee to alert motorists to the presence of KYTC personnel controlling traffic flow.
Caldwell and Lyon Counties
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to hold a public information meeting on the preferred alternate route to widen and improve U.S. 641 through portions of Lyon and Caldwell Counties between Fredonia and Eddyville. The meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church gymnasium at 100 Cassidy Ave. in Fredonia. KYTC engineers, design staff, and consultants will be available to share information and displays on the preliminary preferred route.
US 641 in Calloway has been chosen as a preferred alternative route for reconstruction. The project is focused on improving safety and mobility along US 641 between the Kentucky-Tennessee State Line at mile marker 0 and Clarks River Bridge at mile marker 5.6 just south of Murray, Ky. Improvements along U.S. 641 from the Clarks River Bridge into the south edge of Murray are part of a separate project. The Calloway County Fiscal Court was awarded a $23 million federal BUILD Grant for the reconstruction and widening of U.S. 641 from the Kentucky-Tennessee line to the Clarks River Bridge south of Murray, Kentucky. U.S. 641 will be reconstructed to a new four-lane highway that meets current design standards. In addition to improving safety for daily commuters, completion of the new highway is expected to improve economic development opportunities by connecting Murray and Calloway County to Paris, Tenn., and to I-40 on to the south.
Carlisle - Graves Counties
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded $331,142 in discretionary funds to the Graves County Fiscal Court for the replacement of a vital bridge on Bethel Church Road that connects Graves and Carlisle counties. The bridge replacement on Bethel Church Road connects Bethel Church Road in Graves County (CR 1425) with CR 1026 in Carlisle County Road. Construction is expected to begin spring 2019.
Once the new southern intersection is completed, the contractor plans to move to the north connecting point where New US 641 meets the exiting roadway south of Marion near the 5 mile marker in Crittenden County for some additional work. The contractor plans to place an asphalt driving surface at the northern connection, remove a temporary traffic diversion, and restore the connection to Coleman Road. However, due to cold weather coming in, the northernmost connection between New US 641 and the existing roadway won’t be able to be completed until the Spring of 2019. Homeowners near the north end of the existing roadway will connect to New US 641 via Campbell Lane or Weldon Road. Residents of the Crayne Community may access New US 641 via Crayne Cemetery Road to head northward into Marion. Once New US 641 is opened to 2-lane traffic later this week, all crossroad connections along the new route will be active and fully functional. These crossroads, which include Campbell Lane, Weldon Road, Crayne Cemetery Road, Lloyd Road, Lilly Dale Road, as well as the new southern intersection near Fredonia, will provide connectivity between the new roadway and the existing roadway. During construction of New US 641, motorist traveling through the work zone corridor on cross roads have pretty much ignored stop signs at intersections. When New US 641 opens to 2-way traffic later this week, motorists should obey stop signs, use extra caution, and be prepared to encounter cross-traffic traveling at 55 miles per hour. Motorists should be aware of changes in traffic flow opening of the new highway will bring to southern Crittenden County. Appropriate caution is required. The contractor and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will attempt to provide timely notice when construction of the new connecting point between New US 641 and the existing roadway are completed near Fredonia and New US 641 is opened to 2-way traffic between Marion and Fredonia.
The Crittenden County Road Department has closed the Hughes Branch Bridge on Cotton Patch Road by order of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The bridge is located on Cotton Patch Road Immediately off of KY 654 West of the Mattoon community in the heart of the Crittenden County Amish Community. The bridge was ordered closed due to the load rating of the bridge structure. The bridge had previously been restricted to a 3-ton load limit. The Hughes Creek Bridge on Cotton Patch Road was already scheduled for replacement as part of the Bridging Kentucky Program with a December bid date. Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom and KYTC engineers have initiated efforts to expedite construction of a new bridge. KYTC personnel are working with the Crittenden County Road Department to place signage and message boards to alert the public to the closure. Cotton Patch Road provides a short-cut between KY 654 and nearby Riverview Park at the end of KY 387 in northern Crittenden County. Many families use Cotton Patch Road to pull campers and boats to the popular camping and fishing spot on the Ohio River. The Transportation Cabinet is the bridge inspection agency for all publicly owned bridges in Kentucky. All bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lane bridges getting an extra walk-through inspection annually.
The Dorena-Hickman Ferry plans to close for an extended U.S. Coast Guard inspection on Monday, August 19. The closure is expected to last about one week. This is to allow allow the boat and barge to be placed in dry-dock for an extensive 5-year safety inspection.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of Central Road in Graves County starting Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Central Road will be closed at the construction corridor for the New KY 80 Bypass along the south edge of Mayfield. The contractor will adjust the elevation of Central Road and install appropriate drainage for a new intersection as part of ongoing construction. Central Road is expected to remain closed at this site for approximately one week. There will be no marked detour. When Central Road reopens around August 23 traffic will be running on a gravel surface while work continues along this section of the New KY 80 Mayfield Bypass. Construction of the New KY 80 Bypass runs along the south edge of Mayfield from KY 303 extending westward to connect to Interstate 69 at the Mayfield Exit 21 interchange. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $14.2 million project. The target completion date for the KY 80 Mayfield Bypass is November 15, 2020.
Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, KY 1219 will be closed between KY 1218/Reed Rd. and the Hickman-Graves County Line where it connects with Moon Rd. The roadway is expected to reopen to traffic around 3 p.m. Tuesday. There will not be a marked detour. Drivers can self-detour via KY 1218/Reed Road, KY 129/State Line Road, and KY 943.
KYTC is planning an extended closure along a section of KY 2206 in Hickman County starting on Thursday, May 30. KY 2206 will be closed at mile point 0.662 to allow construction of a new bridge over the Cane Creek Fork of Obion Creek. This closure is along KY 2206 between KY 703 and Rebiel Road. The project has an Aug. 1, 2019 target completion date.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Rural and Municipal Aid official announced $358,018 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on three roadways in Hickman County. The Hickman County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work, and KYTC will reimburse the county for the projects.
Resurfacing work will address:
• Grubbs Road (County Road 1032) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 2.524
• County line Road (County Road 1017) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.546
• McWhorter Road (County Road 1007) from milepoint 0.00 to milepoint 1.062
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crew has completed concrete repair work along the eastbound lanes of I-24 in Lyon and Trigg Counties between the 50 and 65 mile marker. Work zone lane restrictions in Lyon and Trigg Counties will move to the I-24 westbound lanes starting Monday, July 15. Motorists should be alert for work zone lane restrictions along I-24 WESTBOUND for concrete pavement repairs from the 65 mile marker at the US 68 Cadiz Exit 65 Interchange extending westward to about the 57 mile marker. This westbound work is a continuation of concrete repair work that started May 30. During this round of work, all westbound I-24 traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane. This work zone will be set up in about 7 to 8 mile segments along the work area. The work area will continue to move westward toward the KY 293 Eddyville Exit 45 Interchange. This work zone along I-24 westbound is expected to be in place through about August 15.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans shoulder restrictions for brush cutting around panel signs along Interstate 69 in Marshall County. At most locations the work can be completed with a shoulder closure only. Motorists should be alert for equipment and vehicles along the shoulder area at various locations along I-69 between the I-24/I-69 Exit 25 interchange and the U.S. 641 Benton Spur. The contractor will be active on weekdays anytime weather allows. This brush cutting project could take about 60 days to complete, weather permitting. Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
A KYTC contractor plans to shift traffic along the US 62 work zone between I-24 Calvert City Exit 11 and the US 62/US 641 Interchange near the Kentucky Dam Village State Park on Wednesday, June 12. Starting some time during the day on Wednesday, traffic will be shifted over to a section of the multi-use trail along the project area. This will allow the contractor to complete roadway realignment and elevation work along the eastbound lanes of US 62. This project runs along US 62 from about mile point 8.8 at the I-24 Exit 27 Interchange westbound ramps extending eastward to about mile point 10.8 near the US 62/US 641 Interchange, a distance of about 2 miles. The project includes widening the roadway travel lanes, a center turn lane, decorative median landscaping and a multi-use trail that will interconnect with trails in Calvert City and at Kentucky Dam Village. Work started on July 9 and, as of June 10 is about 35 percent complete. The target completion date is Nov. 30.
A contractor with KYTC is planning a traffic shift along the KY 348/5th Street work zone in Benton starting on Friday, June 8. As part of the project to widen KY 348/5th Street to four lanes between US 641/Main Street at mile point 8.325 and the Purchase Parkway Exit 43 Benton interchange at mile point 7.6, westbound traffic on KY 348 was shifted approximately 8 feet to the south in April to allow drain pipe installation and other earthwork activities. With that phase of the work completed, traffic in the KY 348/5th Street work zone will be shifted to the north starting on Friday to allow more extensive work in the area near the post office, the funeral home and McDonald’s. Once this traffic shift starts on Friday, all lanes, including the middle turn lane, will be restricted to a maximum of 10-foot lane width. Traffic is expected to remain in this configuration for most of the summer construction season this year. Drivers should be aware that utility relocation activities will continue all along the project area. Due to ongoing utility work along the project area, a target completion date has not been established for this project.
McCracken County, KY
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a work zone lane restriction on the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland on Thursday, Aug. 1. This work zone lane restriction is to allow the contractor to repair guardrail along the bridge deck. Motorists should be alert for one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers from approximately 8 a.m., CDT, to about mid-afternoon, Thursday. This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis. As a reminder, the U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge has a reduced load limit.
The load limits on the bridge are:
• Type 1: 17 tons—Two axle single unit trucks
• Type 2: 18 tons—Three axle single unit trucks
• Type3: 20 tons—Four axle single unit trucks
• Type 4: 32 tons—Five axle SEMI trucks
• Single Unit Vehicle with five axles: 22 tons
• Single Unit Vehicle with 6 axles: 22 tons
• Single Unit Vehicle with 7+ axles: 24 tons
The new load rating represents a three to eight ton reduction for most truck classes. The load limit is posted at each end of the bridge structure. KYTC engineers are planning a repair project with the goal of returning the bridge to a normal 40-ton load limit. The U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland, also known as the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Memorial Bridge and the Smithland Bridge, is at U.S. 60 Livingston County mile point 12.697. The 1,817 ft. through truss structure was opened to traffic in 1931. The U.S. 60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland is at Cumberland River navigation mile point 2.7. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is in final design phase for construction of a new bridge immediately downstream from the existing structure. The new $45 million bridge is expected to be ready for bidding in February 2020 with construction expected to take about two years to complete.
A KYTC contractor plans to close a section of KY 339/Clinton Road starting on Monday, August 12. It will be closed at 7 a.m. at McCracken Co. mile point 5.387 to allow construction of a new bridge over Massac Creek. This closure is along KY 339 between Gum Springs Road and Gatewood Drive. Message Boards have been placed near the Massac Creek Bridge to alert the public to the start date for this extended closure. There will be a marked detour. The target completion date is November 15.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a daytime work zone lane restriction on the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter starting Tuesday, July 30, 2019. This work zone lane restriction is to allow use of a UBIV- Under Bridge Inspection Vehicle and other equipment to conduct a detailed inspection of the bridge structure. Climbers will also be on the bridge structure to aide with the inspection process. All traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone. Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers, and maintenance personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. Motorists can expect to encounter daytime work zone lane restrictions from approximately 8 a.m., to about 3 p.m., CDT, anytime weather allows through about Friday, August 2. All Kentucky bridges get a detailed inspection every two years with long-span river and lake bridges getting an extra walk-through inspection annually. The U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge is at U.S. 60 McCracken County mile point 20.45, just east of the U.S. 60 intersection with U.S. 62. The bridge is at U.S. 60 Livingston County mile point 0.0. The U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge opened to traffic on July 31, 2013. Also known as The Ledbetter Bridge, the 3,690 foot structure carries approximately 7,400 vehicles per day between McCracken County, KY, and Livingston County, KY.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to reopen ramps at the Interstate 24 Paducah Exit 4 interchange during Thursday morning Aug. 8 – ahead of schedule. Ramps at the busy I-24/U.S. 60 interchange have been closed since July 8 to allow final construction along the ramps, and asphalt paving at connecting points for a new Double Crossover Diamond being constructed along U.S. 60. Motorist should be prepared to encounter changes in traffic flow once the new DCD configuration is completed and the reconstructed ramps are opened at the Exit 4 interchange. Once the Exit 4 ramps are opened Thursday morning, KYTC engineers remind motorists that the work zone will continue to have active construction in coming weeks. The DCD is designed to improve safety and traffic flow along U.S. 60 by eliminating conflict points for left-hand turns. It also improves flow by eliminating a phase at each traffic signal along the DCD. Approximately 28,500 vehicles travel U.S. 60 through the Exit 4 interchange each day. Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers, Ky., is the prime contractor on this $9,179,425 Double Crossover Diamond construction project. The target completion date is Nov. 20, 2019.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a moving night work zone along Interstate 24 in McCracken County starting Tuesday, July 23. This is a continuation of a project that started in June to mill and fill pavement at bridge ends along I-24 between milepoint 13.352 and milepoint 2.2. Rain has delayed the work.The project has been moved to night paving to help reduce traffic delays. The contractor plans to work between Exit 4 and Exit 7 tonight. Motorists should be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they encounter this moving work zone. Motorists should watch for message boards providing info about traffic configuration during the overnight work. Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a work zone lane restriction along U.S. 62 West of Paducah in McCracken County starting Monday, July 22. This work zone lane restriction along U.S. 62 starting near the KY 305/Fisher Road and Childress Road intersection in western McCracken County is to allow brush cutting along the roadway using a tractor-mounted boom. The crew will initially be working along the westbound lanes of U.S. 62 between the 5 and 6 mile marker near the railroad overpass. This is a mobile operation, so the location of the work zone will change from day to day as the crew works westward. Once this crew reaches the KY 286 intersection near the 3 mile marker they will turn and work along the eastbound lanes of U.S. 62 back to KY 305/Fisher Road. This crew will be active anytime weather conditions allow for about the next 4 weeks.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a traffic shift along the US 60 work zone near Kentucky Oaks Mall at Paducah starting Tuesday night, June 18. Weather permitting, the contractor plans to shift traffic to the outside lanes along the US 60 work zone between Coleman Road and New Holt Road at Paducah to allow work along the median area. This traffic shift is expected to start Tuesday night, June 18th and may continue into Wednesday night and possibly Thursday night until complete. Motorists who regularly travel US 60 through this work zone should be alert for personnel making traffic control changes required to facilitate this traffic shift. Motorists should also be alert for changes in traffic flow that the traffic shift may create along the work zone. Appropriate caution is required. Moving traffic to the outside lanes will allow the contractor to start placing new median curbing along this section of US 60/Hinckleville Road. Again, this work zone traffic shift is expected to take place starting Tuesday night June 18, with traffic control changes continuing during the overnight hours for or a couple of nights. As a reminder, this work zone extends along US 60/Hinkleville Road from Holt Road at milepoint 10.130 running eastward through the mall shopping area, through the I-24 Paducah Exit 4 Interchange to near the Coleman Road Intersection at milepoint 10.981. Left turns along this work zone are restricted to signalized intersections only. The contractor has been working mainly at night to help minimize traffic disruptions. However, as construction activities have ramped up, daytime and weekend work has become more common. Lane restrictions are in place during working hours at various locations along the project. Appropriate signage is in place to guide motorists. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of ongoing construction activity and use appropriate caution when traveling US 60/Hinkleville Road through this work zone. As part of the construction process, US 60 and ramps at the I-24/US 60 Paducah Exit 4 Interchange will be closed for several weeks this summer starting sometime after the July 4th Independence Holiday. The contractor and KYTC Engineers are working on a strategy to shorten the length of the closure. Engineers anticipate being able to supply a start date for that closure about two weeks in advance, along with a map to assist with motorists with detour routes. Jim Smith Contracting, of Grand Rivers, Ky., is the prime contractor on this $9,179,425 highway improvement project. Work on the DCD interchange and other improvements are expected to be completed by sometime in November.
A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 1954/Husbands Road in southern McCracken County starting Monday, June 10. KY 1954/Husbands Road will be closed at milepoint 0.768 to allow the bridge over Bottom Ditch to be replaced. This closure is along KY 1954/Husbands Road about 7/10ths of a mile north of the KY 348/Hardmoney Road intersection. There will be a marked detour. Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $398,462 bridge replacement project. The target completion date is Nov. 1.
A contractor for P&L Railroad plans rail crossing work on KY 121/the Dick Castleman Bypass in Mayfield starting Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The KY 121-Bypass will be closed at mile point 8.764 in Mayfield to allow upgrades to a rail crossing just east of the U.S. 45/Paducah Road intersection. The KY 121-Bypass is expected to close at this site around 8 a.m., CDT, on August 26. There will be a marked detour. This closure is expected to be in place for approximately one week. The contractor and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will attempt to provide timely updates as work progresses at this location. P&L Railroad also plans rail crossing upgrades at three other locations around the region in coming weeks. While the dates are still tentative, motorists and businesses should be prepared for state highway closures at the following locations and times:
· KY 725/Woodville Road at mile point 1.577 in the Maxon Crossing area of McCracken County - expected to close starting Sept. 2 for approximately one week.
· US 60-Business/Martin Luther King, Jr Drive at mile point 1.754 in Downtown Paducah - expected to close starting Sept. 9 for approximately one week.
· KY 139/KY 293 Truck Bypass/Seminary Street in Princeton – expected to close Sept. 15 for about two days
A section of KY 139/South Rd. will be closed starting Monday, June 3. The closure is along KY 139/South Rd. between Ky 5/New Hope Rd. and KY 272/Canton Pike. The closure could take 60 days. Crews will be rehabilitating and replacing the deck on the Burge Creek Bridge. Target completion of the project is Aug. 31.