KYTC Releases Traffic Update

KYTC shares a travel update for Western Kentucky.

Information from KYTC as of 12:30:

Working with other agencies, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has identified and responded to a number of traffic issues around the region.

The work zone for I-69 Southbound at the US 41 Twin Bridges still has 10 ft. lanes and a 35 mph speed limit.  Traffic is moving smoothly, but is backed up due to heavy volume.  We anticipate a northbound backup at this site when we start outflow this afternoon.

Due to excavations along the roadway for I-69 southbound at Mortons Gap Exit 108 Interchange in Hopkins County, the work zone lane restriction remained in place this morning.  KYTC personnel have assisted the contractor in widening this work zone to allow two lanes of traffic, so the backup is expected to diminish shortly.

Southbound traffic on the Pennyrile Parkway exiting to the KY 1682/Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Hopkinsville Byass is backing up on the ramp. Southbound traffic using this ramp has to make a left turn to go into Hopkinsville and head to the prime viewing areas for the Total Solar Eclipse.  KYTC personnel are flagging traffic at the top of the ramp to provide better access to the KY 1682 Hopkinsville Bypass.

Southbound ramps at the Pennyrile Pkwy Exit 9 ramps to US 41 at Hopkinsville are also backed up, as well as US 41 into Hopkinsville.  We think this is due to people following their GPS to viewing ares.  Both Exit 8 and Exit 7 are clear of traffic at this time, so travelers can avoid the back up at Exit 9 by using these interchanges.

KYTC District 3 has Closed the northbound welcome center at the KY-TN State Line and Tennessee DOT has closed their southbound welcome center.  Both have reached capacity.

We have a report of a northbound traffic backup on KY 115 just off I-24 at Oak Grove-Pembroke Exit 89.  There is a large event venue in this area.  We expect this backup with subside as visitors reach the venue.

Traffic flow along the entire 93-mile I-24 corridor in Kentucky remains near-normal.
 


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