Traffic Affected By I-24 Exit 4 Ramp Closure
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Traffic in several areas has already been affected by the closure of exit ramps at I-24 exit 4 on Monday. 

Throughout the day, traffic on Cairo Road near exit 3 became congested at times where interstate travelers were being detoured and brought back using Coleman Road and Olivet Church Road. 

Keith Todd from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said personnel carefully monitored traffic flow along the detour route and technicians have tweaked signal phasing on Cairo Road in response to changing traffic loads during peak commuter hours.

Backups occurred from time to time along U.S. 60 where traffic signals have been disabled, because drivers were treating intersections as a four-way stop. Todd said the signals at the ramp ends would be removed Monday night, reducing that possibility.  

Technicians also adjusted signals Monday around exit 7 on Lone Oak Road and Alben Barkley Drive, where traffic flow increased because local commuters were detouring through that area. Buckner Lane and Pecan Drive also had congestion at times. 

Ramps are expected to be closed for the next five weeks. The contractor is required to reopen U.S. 60 and the ramps at Exit 4 by Aug. 12, when the double crossover diamond is expected to be substantially complete.

Drivers should follow a marked detour using the Cairo Road/KY 305 Paducah Exit 3 interchange. Drivers seeking to connect to U.S. 60 East into Paducah and to access businesses on the Paducah side of I-24 Exit 4 have a marked detour via Charter Oak Drive and Coleman Road. Drivers seeking to connect to U.S. 60 West and businesses near the west side of the Exit 4 interchange near Kentucky Oaks Mall should follow a marked detour via KY 998/Olivet Church Road and New Holt Road.

Published 10:30 PM, Monday Jul. 08, 2019
Updated 09:19 PM, Tuesday Jul. 09, 2019

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