I-69 interchange upgrades in Mayfield to start March 1

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says its contractor plans to start work March 1 on Interstate 69 upgrades to the Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway/US 45 Bypass interchange at the southwest edge of Mayfield in Graves County. 

KYTC says the project includes a four month closure of Kentucky 80 were it crosses the Purchase Parkway. Some preliminary work, such as placement of construction signage, will start in the next few days with some prep work along the right of way.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the first inconvenience to the public is expected to start March 1 when KY 80 is closed to replace the existing Purchase Parkway overpass. Todd says closing the roadway for four months will let the contractor complete replacement of the overpass faster. The closure will require an extended detour. 

Todd says entrance and exit ramps on each side of the overpass will stay open with an extended marked detour for through traffic along US 45 and KY 121.  The KY 80 overpass is scheduled to reopen on July 1.  The contractor will face a significant penalty if the work extends beyond that date.

While the contractor will mainly focus on the KY 80 Overpass for the first 4 months of work, there will be some initial construction activity along the south edge of the project along the Purchase Parkway.

Todd says the project includes a 55 mile per hour work zone speed limit with an enhanced law enforcement presence. The work zone extends from around the Purchase Parkway 17 mile marker to about the 23 mile marker. 

The project has a target completion date of July 1.

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