Five-week closure on U.S. 60 planned as part of Paducah diamond interchange project

PADUCAH — A five-week closure along U.S. 60 at the exit 4 interchange with Interstate 24 in Paducah will start in the second week of July, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says. It’s part of the project to change the intersection to a double crossover diamond interchange.

In a news release sent Friday, KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the U.S. 60 and the connecting ramps at the interchange will be closed starting Monday, July 8, so contractor crews can build the final connecting points for the new interchange. Todd says U.S. 60 and the ramps are required to reopen by Aug. 12.

Although U.S. 60 and the interchange ramps will be closed, I-24 will still be open for mainline traffic. There will be a marked detour via the I-24 interchange with Kentucky 305 at exit 3 in Paducah. In the release, KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat says while exit 3 is the main detour, local drivers are encouraged to use other routes, such as the U.S. 45 interchange with U.S. 62  at exit 7 to help reduce congestion.

Drivers taking U.S. 60 east to get to businesses near exit 4 will detour using Charter Oak Drive and Coleman Road, Todd says. Drivers who need to connect to U.S. 60 west and businesses near the west side of the exit 4 will detour using KY 998/Olivet Church Road and New Holt Road to reconnect with U.S. 60 near Kentucky Oaks Mall.

Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers, Kentucky, is the main contractor on the more than $9 million highway improvement project. The target completion date is Nov. 20, 2019.

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