The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is alerting holiday travelers that an extended work zone along Interstate 24 in Kentucky will have to remain up over the busy Thanksgiving Holiday travel period. High holiday traffic volume has the potential to create travel delays at the work zone that includes one lane traffic along 13 miles of I-24 in Lyon, Caldwell, and Trigg counties.

This I-24 work zone from the 51 to 65 mile marker is expected to remain up into mid-December. This extended work zone includes 13 miles of two-way traffic running on the westbound lanes with a centerline barrier wall and an additional 4 miles of lane restrictions with traffic barrels. The section with traffic barrels from the 65 to 69 mile marker is expected to be open to full traffic flow by Thanksgiving.

The temporary closure of the eastbound exit and entry ramps at the KY 139 Princeton-Cadiz Exit 56 Interchange in this work zone has been extended to about December 10. Both westbound ramps to and from KY 139 are open at Exit 56.

Motorists are encouraged to monitor the I-24 work zone for potential traffic backups by checking the traffic monitoring features at GoKY.ky.gov, Google Maps, WAZE.com, or by monitoring the WAZE APP. The WAZE APP will also suggest alternate routes when backups occur. However, some of the parallel routes nearest the work zone are along rural secondary highways that can become clogged rather quickly.

This I-24 work zone includes a strictly-enforced 55 mile per hour speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence. It has a 15 ft. maximum load width for westbound traffic and a 12 ft. maximum load width for eastbound traffic.

More than 22,000 vehicles travel this section of Interstate 24 in an average day

Hall Contracting of Kentucky is the prime contractor on this $28,090,000 highway improvement project. The project includes major rehabilitation work along the eastbound lanes of I-24 from the 51 to 65-mile marker. There will be a later phase of concrete pavement repairs along the westbound lanes. The target completion date is May 15, 2021.