Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rehab projects kick off busy construction season on I-24

Contractors for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) are preparing for a busy construction season along Interstate 24. KyTC engineers expect work zones to start going up on Monday and Tuesday with projects coordinated to help minimize traffic issues.

“We have four major projects scheduled that will include extended work zones along Interstate 24 through Kentucky,” KyTC District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre said. “We are phasing the work to reduce the length of lane restrictions and spread out the work zones to help minimize congestion.”

LeFevre noted the contractor on the project in the immediate Paducah area will attempt to suspend work during the American Quilter’s Society Show that brings thousands of visitors to the area.

Sections of I-24 scheduled for improvements this summer include:
  • I-24 McCracken County, 3 to 16 mile marker: This section will include bridge repair work and work along the right-of-way starting with intermittent lane restrictions around Wednesday with more extensive work to follow. A section of new pavement between Exit 4 and the Buckner Lane Overpass will be left in place. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $14.83 million project.
  • I-24/I-69 in Livingston/Lyon counties, 31- to 38-mile marker: Work is expected to start Monday. All traffic will initially move to the right- lane. Work along this section includes new pavement and drainage improvements and bridge and overpass repairs. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on the $3.1 million project.
  • I-24 in Lyon Count, 38- to 45-mile marker: Work is scheduled to start Monday with work on a number of bridges and overpasses. Lane restrictions will be limited to specific work locations. Asphalt work along this section is scheduled to start June 1. Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on the $8.4 million project.
  • I-24 in Christian County, 85- to 93-mile marker at the Kentucky-Tennessee state line: Rehab work on this section is expected to start around April 1. Rogers Group Inc. is the prime contractor on the $13.97 million project. The expected completion date on this section is Oct. 13.
  • Updates on traffic shifts and work zone configuration will be provided to the public as work ramps up at each of the locations.
LeFever said some of the road surface being replaced was last paved between about 1998 and 2000.