Construction on Joe Clifton expanded by two weeks

DAVID B. SNOW | The Sun

The road improvement project on Joe Clifton Drive that was projected to end Saturday is now scheduled to end by Oct. 26.

Concrete curb and gutter work along a closed a section of Joe Clifton Drive in the Carson Park area of Paducah that started Sept. 3 is progressing slower than expected, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The target completion date for the roadway rehabilitation project is being extended by two weeks to Oct. 26.

Joe Clifton Drive – a portion of 28th Street – remains closed from the Jefferson Street intersection to the intersection with Laclede Avenue and H.C. Mathis Drive for major roadway rehabilitation.

There is a marked detour via Jefferson Street, 21st Street and Park Avenue. Local access is being maintained via side streets.

Monroe, Madison, Harrison, Clay and Trimble streets will also continue to be closed where they intersect the Joe Clifton Drive construction zone.

Once the rehabilitation work is completed, the traffic configuration along this section will be reworked. Two outside bike lanes will be added with one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. This new traffic configuration will provide wider travel lanes, improve traffic flow and improve safety by reducing the number of rear-end crashes.

About 12,500 vehicles travel this section of Joe Clifton Drive in an average day.

Jim Smith Contracting is the prime contractor on this $1.2 million highway improvement project.

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