Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Public input sought for interchange plans for U.S. 60 at I-24 in Paducah

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on plans to construct a Double Crossover Diamond (DCD), sometimes referred to a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) for U.S. 60 at Interstate 24 Exit 4 in Paducah. The project is designed to help relieve congestion, improve safety, and support continued traffic growth along the U.S. 60 corridor in the Mall area of Paducah west of Interstate 24.

KYTC engineers and consultants have scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday at McCracken County High School to discuss the project and get public input on the planning process.

“We would like to urge anyone who regularly travels U.S. 60 through the I-24 Paducah Exit 4 Interchange to attend this public meeting,” said KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Mike McGregor. “Our engineers and consultants will provide a wealth of information about this project and will seek public input that will be incorporated into the planning process.”

Previous installations of DCD’s have found they provide an effective solution for alleviating traffic congestion and reducing crash rates by increasing through capacity in areas similar to this section of U.S. 60/Hinkleville Road. This type of interchange could also improve left turn movements to and from the Interstate 24 ramps within the Exit 4 interchange.

KYTC District 1 personnel will host a public meeting on the proposed improvements in Paducah on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at McCracken County High School Auxiliary Gymnasium. Brief project overview presentations will be offered at 5:15 p.m. and again at 6:15 p.m., if necessary. The meeting will largely follow an informal, open house format allowing the public to ask questions and make comments.

Handouts containing information about the project will be provided. A video detailing the proposed improvements, drive-through tutorials for the DCD interchange, and other displays will also be available at the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting and up to 15 days after the meeting at the District 1 Office.

The only existing Double Crossover Diamond (DCD) Interchange in Kentucky is at the busy intersection of U.S. 68/Harrodsburg Road and KY 4/New Circle Road in Lexington.