Contracts awarded for I-69 interchange upgrades

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it has awarded two contracts for major interchange upgrades on the Interstate 69 Corridor in Marshall and Graves counties.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says Gov. Matt Bevin announced Jim Smith Contracting, of Grand Rivers, has been awarded a $37 million contract for the reconstruction of the Interstate 24/Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway interchange near Calvert City in Marshall County.

Todd said Bevin also announced awarding Jim Smith Contracting a $24 million contract for the reconstruction of the U.S. 45-Bypass/Purchase Parkway interchange southwest of Mayfield in Graves County.  The project includes the reconstruction of the Kentucky 80 Mayfield interchange and improved connections to U.S. 45. 

Todd says the revised interchange design for Calvert City maintains a direct connection between the existing Purchase Parkway and U.S. 62 at Calvert City. The project, which is on the southwest edge of Mayfield, includes the reconstruction of the U.S. 45-Bypass/Purchase Parkway interchange, as well as the reconstruction of the KY 80 interchange and improved connections with U.S. 45.

Todd said the chief engineer on the project expects the contractor will be ready to start work sometime in March.

All main line traffic connections through the interchanges will be maintained during the construction process, Todd says.  Construction on each of the new interchanges is expected to take about two years to complete. 

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