A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is continuing to ramp up prep work for upgrades to the Interstate 69 Interchange with the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway south of Madisonville in Hopkins County.
Starting Thursday, February 20, 2014, this work zone will include a lane restriction for southbound traffic on Interstate 69 immediately adjacent to the existing interchange. This work zone along I-69 Southbound runs from about the 106 mile marker to about the 105 mile marker. All southbound traffic at this site will move to the left-hand or passing lane along the work zone.
As a reminder, all southbound traffic on the Pennyrile Parkway is moved to the left-hand or passing lane starting at about the 35 mile marker and extending to the Pennyrile Parkway Interchange with I-69/The Western Kentucky Parkway.
These lane restrictions are allow the contractor to continue clearing brush along the right of way and will eventually lead to construction activity along the northwest quadrant of the existing interchange.
This initial clearing work is expected to take a few weeks. The contractor will then return when weather improves to start dirt moving work at the site. Motorists are asked to be alert for future restrictions along this work zone as construction continues to ramp up over the next year.
The $29 million design-build contract was awarded to the Rogers Group, Inc., and QK4 Inc., with an expected completion date in May of 2015. The project includes construction of full-flow lanes to connect the west leg and north leg of the interchange.
Kentucky now has 55 miles of I-69. The route follows I-24 for 17 miles from The Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway at Calvert City to Eddyville. Interstate 69 then runs for 38 miles along the former Wendell Ford-Western Kentucky Parkway from Eddyville to the Pennyrile Parkway near Madisonville.
The existing I-69/Pennyrile Parkway cloverleaf requires motorists to slow to about 45 miles per hour to negotiate the ramps through the interchange. The new arrangement will allow motorists to make the transition on two legs of the interchange at normal highway speeds.
The interchange project in Hopkins County is among about 10 major projects scheduled over the next 2 to 3 years aimed at extended I-69 northward along the Pennyrile toward Henderson and southward along the Purchase Parkway toward Fulton. I-69 will eventually cover about 150 miles through Kentucky.
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