A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is ramping up preliminary work to upgrade the Interstate 69 Interchange with the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway south of Madisonville in Hopkins County. To facilitate this increased level of activity the contractor plans a southbound lane restriction on the Pennyrile Parkway starting on Monday, February 17, 2014.
All southbound traffic on the Pennyrile will be moved to the right-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. This southbound lane restriction is to allow the contractor to clear brush along the right of way that will eventually lead to construction activity in the area.
The work area in the northwest quadrant of the existing cloverleaf is to prepare for construction of new full-flow lanes to connect the west leg and north leg of the 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.
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. I-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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