Work to begin to extend I-69 from Mayfield to Fulton

(KBSI) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that work will begin in December on a project to bring the Julian Carroll-Purchase Parkway up to interstate standards, allowing Interstate Highway 69 to be extended from Mayfield to Fulton.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awarded the contract to Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers. The two-year project includes modernizing the Kentucky Highway 339 Wingo Exit 14, converting it from a cloverleaf designed to accommodate a toll booth to a diamond interchange with extended ramps suited for an interstate, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Crews will make improvements to Exits 1 and 2 at Fulton. The project will enable the extension of I-69 along the final 21 miles of the existing parkway. The project cost is $33.9 million. A target to complete construction is by the end of 2024.

The project through parts of Graves, Hickman and Fulton counties is a major step toward completing I-69 through Kentucky. This is along with ongoing construction to complete a new I-69 Ohio River crossing between Henderson and Evansville, Indiana,

Initial work on the latest I-69 project will include clearing brush around the Wingo interchange and utility work to prepare for full construction in the spring as weather allows.

Travelers will see construction signage installed in the coming weeks, with only a few intermittent traffic restrictions expected along the work zone until early March.

Plans for the project include converting the old toll booth cloverleaf at Wingo to a modern diamond ramp interchange.

“The contractor will also be widening

Culverts will be widened, guardrails upgraded, and crew will work on drainage and complete other improvements required to bring the existing parkway up to full interstate standards over the next two construction seasons, according to KYTC District 1 Chief Engineer Kyle Poat.

Drivers are asked to be mindful of the construction zone that will extend northward from the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Fulton (mile point 0.0) to the end of I-69 at the 21-mile marker near the U.S. Highway 45/Kentucky Highway 80 Bypass at the southwest edge of Mayfield.

When construction activity ramps up in the spring, there will be a 55 mile per hour work zone speed limit with an enhanced police presence in areas where crews are present.

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