Summer road construction season begins with Interstate 69 expansion project
Road construction may get in the way of your summer plans. You may have noticed a few projects already affecting you’re daily commute. The Interstate 69 interchange upgrade project is the reason why.
On Thursday, lanes will be closed in both directions on the Purchase Parkway at the Kentucky 80, Exit 22 interchange in Mayfield. Traffic will be rerouted over the Exit 22 ramp and back onto the parkway. In July, crews will move work south to Exit 21. You’ll also notice road work near the Interstate 24 and Purchase Parkway interchange in Calvert City.
"Instead of coming straight down the Parkway and getting off here, I have to go through town now to bypass all the work," driver Chris Knight said.
He usually has a 10 minute drive from Pryorsburg to Mayfield. He has to leave 15 minutes earlier than usual to get there in time now.
"You’ve got to plan ahead. You’ve got to leave early," Knight said.
Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says in the long run it will make your drive safer.
"If we weren’t constantly doing maintenance and improving them, you get into position where you’re getting damage to your vehicle," Todd said.
With sites like this popping up around western Kentucky, Todd say it’s important for you to be cautious while driving.
"Anytime you come to a work zone, put down your cell phone, pay attention to what’s going on around you, expect the unexpected," he said.
Exit 22 in Mayfield isn’t the only area to use extra caution. Road work is also underway on the Purchase Parkway/I-24 interchange, but it doesn’t have much impact on traffic. Todd says later on this summer lane restrictions will cause some delays in that area.
"If traffic is narrowed down to one lane, you need to go ahead and merge over as soon as possible. You don’t gain anything by trying to run up to merge point and force your way into traffic," Todd said.
Todd says the most important thing is keeping you and others safe if you’re headed through these areas.
Work on this overpass is expected to be finished in July. That’s when construction will move to Exit 21 on the Purchase Parkway.
For maps of road work, closures, and detours, visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s traveler information site.