I-24 Exit 4, US-60 Closing for 5 Weeks on July 8
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - They've warned it was going to happen, and now we know when US Highway 60 and the exit 4 interchange of I-24 will close.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued a press release Friday saying the five-week-long closure will begin Monday, July 8. The closure will allow for construction of final connecting points for a new double crossover diamond interchange, which will increase road capacity and improve safety.

Traffic on I-24 will not be affected, but ramps and US Highway 60 through the interchange will close. A marked detour will be established using Cairo Road/KY 305 at the exit 3 interchange.

“We’ve been working with city and county government officials, as well as the Paducah Tourism and Visitors Bureau, in an effort to make the closure as painless as possible for both businesses and travelers,” KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said. “We’ve determined, along with the project contractor, that by closing the entire interchange starting July 8 we can shorten the total time of closure from about eight weeks to five.”

Work will take place between James-Sanders Boulevard and Coleman Road, but access will be maintained to businesses on each side of the interchange.

During the work, traffic will be detoured to Cairo Road, and anyone wanting to use eastbound US 60 going toward Paducah will use Charter Oak Drive and Coleman Road. Drivers wanting to use eastbound US 60 and access businesses in the Kentucky Oaks Mall area will use Olivet Church Road (KY 998) and New Holt Road.

“While the Paducah Exit 3 interchange will become the primary detour for traffic that would normally use Exit 4, we are encouraging local motorists to use other alternate routes, like the U.S. 45/U.S. 62 Paducah Exit 7 interchange,” Poat said. “This will help reduce congestion at Exit 3 where cross-country motorists traveling I-24 will be directed.”

U.S. 60 and ramps at the Paducah Exit 4 Interchange are required to reopen by August 12th, and the entire project is targeted for completion on November 20.

Published 03:57 PM, Friday Jun. 14, 2019
Updated 02:33 PM, Thursday Jun. 27, 2019

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