US 62 barricades to squeeze highway to one lane at I-24 interchange

Hwy62Traffic ADVISORY

A contractor for The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to ramp up work along US 62 at the I-24 Exit 27 Interchange in Calvert City starting Monday, March 20, 2017.

This work is part of ongoing reconstruction of the Interstate 24/Purchase Parkway Exit 25 Interchange.

Starting at 7 a.m., CDT, Monday, the contractor plans to restrict traffic along the eastbound lanes of US 62 between the Campbell Drive/Kennedy Avenue intersection at milepoint 8.553 extending eastward to Truck Plaza Lane at mile point 9.101, a distance of about ½ mile.  This 4-lane section of US 62 runs through the I-24 Exit 27 Interchange at Calvert City.  The contractor plans an extended closure of the outside eastbound lane with all traffic moved to the left-hand or passing lane.

There will be a substantial amount of work in this area over the next several months.  At this time, the work zone lane restriction will only be for eastbound traffic.   The work zone configuration may change from time to time to facilitate this work in coming months.

This eastbound lane restriction on US 62 eastbound traffic through the I-24 Exit 27 Calvert City Interchange is part of a larger work zone along I-24 in Marshall County between the 25 and 27 mile marker and along the Purchase Parkway between the 49 and 52 mile marker at the I-24 Exit 25 Interchange.  Reconstruction of the Exit 25 interchange is aimed at allowing I-69 to be extended southward along the parkway in the future.

The work zone includes a 55 mile per hour speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence and double fines for citations.  Some of the crossovers and more restricted sections of the parkway have a 45 mile per hour work zone speed limit for safety.

As a reminder, both eastbound and westbound I-24 traffic is running on a diversion through this work zone between I-24 Exit 25 and Exit 27.  This construction corridor has a high level of ongoing construction activity.  Appropriate caution is required.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on the $37.8 million interchange reconstruction project.  The new I-24/I-69 interchange at Calvert City has a target completion date of July 1, 2018.

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