Entry and exit ramps at the Interstate 24 Exit 4 interchange at Hinkleville Road (U.S. 60) are expected to close at 6 a.m. Monday. Entry and exit traffic for Exit 4 will be provided a marked detour to the I-24 Exit 3 interchange at Cairo Road (Ky. 305).
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat said that once the ramps close, traffic signals at the ramp ends will be disabled to allow traffic on Hinkleville Road between Coleman Road and James-Sanders Boulevard to move more efficiently.
With the ramps closed, work can proceed with median barrier wall construction at and near the Exit 4 overpass. Once that concrete work is completed, the contractor will set a date for overnight closures of Hinkleville Road to allow paving of the new double-crossover diamond.
Once the ramps close and travelers are detoured to the Exit 3 interchange, traffic seeking to connect to U.S. 60 East into Paducah and access to businesses east of I-24 near Exit 4 will detour via Charter Oak Drive and Coleman Road. Those seeking to connect to U.S. 60 West and businesses near the west side of the Exit 4 interchange will detour via Olivet Church Road (Ky. 998) and New Holt Road to reconnect with U.S. 60 near Kentucky Oaks Mall.
I-24 traffic past the Exit 4 interchange will remain open throughout the ramp closure.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will provide timely notice when the night closures of Hinkleville Road are scheduled to begin. The likely start date is July 22. Traffic is expected to move to the new double-crossover diamond configuration after the first couple of nights of paving.
The contractor is required to reopen Hinkleville Road and the ramps at the Exit 4 interchange by Aug. 12, when the double-crossover diamond is expected to be substantially complete.
Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers is the prime contractor on this $9,179,425 project. The target completion date is Nov. 20.