HENDERSON, Ky. (April 27, 2012) --The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is providing advance notice of an upcoming project in an effort to help Henderson area residents avoid the potential for major traffic snarls or "carmageddon" during approaching construction on the U.S. 60 Overpass at the U.S. 41 Henderson North Cloverleaf. A start date hasn't been scheduled yet, but work is tentatively scheduled to be completed sometime between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says the U.S. 60 Overpass that crosses the U.S. 41 Bypass in the middle of the Henderson North Cloverleaf will have severely restricted traffic flow for two 9-day periods – first for eastbound traffic, then for westbound – sometime after Memorial Day.
"This is necessary for maintenance and reconstruction work that will include a new deck and joint work on the overpass," McClearn said.
“Our goal in providing advance notice of this work is to allow drivers to start thinking about alternate routes they may be able to take to reduce the likelihood of gridlock or ‘carmageddon’ while the detour is in place," McClearn said. “It’s likely a substantial number of motorists will choose to self-detour via other routes."
Traffic engineers also hope the advance notice will help the Henderson Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff's Department and emergency agencies prepare for changes in traffic flow that the work zone will create.
While the bridge work will create issues for U.S. 60 traffic traveling directly through the intersection, it should have little or no impact on most of the 58,000 vehicles that travel around the cloverleaf via ramps that connect U.S. 60 to the U.S. 41 Bypass within the interchange.
Two marked detours will be established during the two closure periods. One will be via KY 351/Zion Road and the other via Marywood Drive, a city street. McClearn said a city street is not normally used for a state detour, but there was no viable alternative, and the city approved the use of Marywood.