Contractor resumes work on I-24 Tennessee River Bridge

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, KY — A contractor has picked up work on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River bridge in west Kentucky after engineering issues caused delays, pausing the project.

The construction zone at the 30 mile marker at the Livingston County, Marshall County line. The eastbound and westbound sides of the bridge have been restricted to one lane since May 17, 2018, while contractor workers install new bridge joints.

The project was originally expected to be finished on Nov. 15, but problems creating the new joints delayed the project into January.

On Monday, Jan, 7, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that the contractor has resumed work. The cabinet says it may take several weeks to even estimate a new target completion date.

KYTC says the contractor — American Contracting and Services of Jeffersonville, Indiana — will pay “a substantial penalty” for the lengthy delay.

The cabinet says multiple overnight closures will have to be implemented so the new joints can be installed. The dates of those closures have not yet been announced. Local 6 will let you know when those dates are announced, as well as detour details.

In the meantime, drivers headed east and west through the work zone should be prepared for slowing and merging traffic as they near the 30 mile marker. Currently, all traffic is being moved to the left-hand lane in the work zone.

To reduce possible delays during peak travel times, KYTC says commuters who travel the bridge daily should consider taking a self-detour via U.S. 62 and Kentucky 453 between I-24 Calvert City exit 27 and I-24 Grand Rivers-Smithland exit 31.

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