Homeowners deal with dust in final phases of Olivet Church Road Project

Road closure signs near Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah mark progress on a road many of you use. Construction on a project to improve Olivet Church Road and access to the mall started more than a year ago. It’s now entering its final stages.

When the project is complete, Olivet Church Road will be three lanes, starting at Hinkleville Road until it meets the new five-lane road adjacent to Kentucky Oaks Mall. From there, it continues as a five-lane road to Highway 305 or Cairo Road.

Olivet Church Road is closed to through traffic from Kindred Lane to James Sanders Boulevard. Homeowners say the work is creating a dusty mess.

With this work happening right outside his home, Dale Brewer has one way to describe the dust it’s creating.

"The dust is atrocious," Brewer said.

Brewer says he’s pretty much given up on trying to clean up things on his property.

"We have a pool in the back yard. It’s difficult to keep the dust out of the pool. It’s difficult to keep your car clean," Brewer said.

The dust is one of the main problems property owners down Olivet Church Road say they are dealing with.

People in the area say another issue is that drivers aren’t paying attention to the road closure signs. They say people driving right through the signs, and drivers are getting lost and turned around down their streets.

"Drivers should know that, if they see a sign that says ‘Closed to through traffic,’ to turn around and reroute themselves," said city engineer and Project Works Director Rick Murphy.

Murphy says a goal is to give people another route to take to the mall to relieve some traffic congestion off Highway 60. He says if drivers avoid the area, the city can focus on getting the work done.

"Much like that bathroom, much like that kitchen, when it’s remodeled you love it, but getting there is sometimes painful," Murphy said.

Brewer says he’s just looking forward to enjoying the new road.

"The end is still we’re going to have a wide road and sidewalks, so you take the good with the bad," Brewer said.

Murphy expects the entire Olivet Church Road project to be complete this fall, but he hopes to have traffic on the five-lane portion of the road by July. This is a unique project because it falls under city, county and  state jurisdiction. The state is actually funding it, while the city is managing it and has had to pay some additional costs.

The city has a  $6.4 million contract with Smith Construction on this project. 

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