A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) plans to start installation of a centerline barrier wall today along the westbound lanes of Interstate 24 in parts of Lyon, Caldwell and Trigg counties.

The work zone for major concrete pavement replacement and rehab will initially run from near the U.S. 68 Cadiz-Hopkinsville Exit 65 Interchange extending westward to about the 52-mile marker through parts of the aforementioned counties. This first phase of work will require the placement of a centerline barrier wall. A crew will work westward, installing the concrete barrier wall in segments over the next two to three weeks.

Erection of the barrier wall will require westbound traffic to be restricted to one lane starting near the Exit 65 interchange. All westbound traffic will move to the right-hand or driving lane in this work zone. Westbound motorists should be prepared to encounter slowing and merging traffic as they approach the 65-mile marker.

Construction of median crossovers will require some short work zone lane restrictions along the eastbound lanes in the coming weeks, as weather allows. These temporary eastbound lane restrictions will be in place during daylight hours.

The ramping up of construction prep work starting today is to prepare for two-way traffic to be established along the westbound lanes sometime in late-March or early-April. The contractor will provide timely notice when the eastbound traffic shift is scheduled.

Removing traffic from the eastbound lanes will allow the contractor to complete a full-depth replacement of concrete pavement along both eastbound lanes through the summer months.

As this work zone ramps up, it will include a strictly-enforced 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence. 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 $28.09 million highway improvement project. The target completion date is Nov. 30.