Thursday, April 9, 2015

Upgrades to bring Purchase Parkway up to interstate standards; work begins Monday

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans an extended work zone along the Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway through Graves and Marshall counties starting Monday.

This extended work zone for upgrades to allow Interstate 69 to be extended southward along the Purchase Parkway will run from mile-point 21.285 at U.S. 45 Bypass Interchange with the Purchase Parkway south of Mayfield extending northward to the Interstate 24 Interchange at Exit 52 near Calvert City in Marshall County, a distance of about 30 miles. The rehabilitation work includes drainage and guardrail upgrades, bridge decking and railing upgrades and paving.

This work zone will initially include several short lane restrictions to allow reconstruction of four bridges along the route. Each of the bridge work areas will include a barrier wall with a 12-foot load width restriction.

Motorists can expect to initially encounter one-lane traffic at the bridge locations with varying traffic configurations that will change every few days to accommodate ongoing work. The contractor may have crews working along the right-of-way at other points along the project area. The work will be phased in sections to help improve traffic flow.

There will be a strictly-enforced 55 mph work zone speed limit with double fines and an enhanced enforcement presence.  Motorists should use caution where equipment, flaggers and construction personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.

The contractor will attempt to provide timely updates on the configuration of the work zone. The project will be phased to allow the work zone to be taken down during major holiday travel periods.

Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. is the prime contractor on this $8.08 million highway improvement project. The anticipated completion date is Oct. 15.

This is among 10 major contracts totaling $210 million between Fulton and Henderson aimed at allowing the Pennyrile Parkway and the Purchase Parkway to eventually become a part of I-69. Work on similar upgrades to the Pennyrile Parkway between Mortons Gap and Henderson started this week. Gov. Beshear just announced the awarding of a $3.23 million contract for new signage to allow a 41-mile section of the Pennyrile to be officially converted to I-69 later this year.