HENDERSON, KY. – After completing work on the eastbound lanes of the US 60 Overpass at the US 41 Cloverleaf in Henderson, a contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving work to the westbound lane. US 60 will be closed to all westbound traffic at the site starting promptly at 7:00 p.m., CDT, Friday, June 22, 2012.
Due to the potential for traffic snarls, transportation officials provided advance notice of the work in an effort to help Henderson area residents prepare for the necessary detours.
Like the eastbound closure, KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the westbound closure on US 60 presents a number of traffic challenges that will require the cooperation of the public.
“During the westbound closure we’re setting up multiple detours to help spread out the traffic flow,” Todd said. “However, we again need the cooperation of the public to help traffic move as smoothly as possible.”
For traffic traveling west on US 60 from the Spottsville area into Henderson, a detour will be marked along KY 1078 to KY 351. For traffic originating closer to town along US 60, a marked detour will be provided along Marywood Drive to US 41. Traffic coming out of the Wal Mart parking lot at the Barrett Boulevard traffic signal will be restricted to one left turn lane. The northbound US 41 ramp to westbound US 60 will be closed. Through traffic traveling from Owensboro to downtown Henderson should use the Audubon Parkway.
Traffic from state highways is not normally detoured along city streets. However, the City of Henderson has allowed the use of Marywood as an official detour to help maintain traffic flow.
Todd says an important part of the making things work smoothly is getting the driving public to start thinking ahead and planning ways around to help disperse the traffic.
“There are a number of ways around beyond the official detour routes,” Todd said. “Watson Lane and Wathen Lane/Wolf Hills Road provide some options. Barrett Boulevard is also an option, but is not recommended because it doesn’t have a traffic signal on the US 41 end.”
While the US 60 Overpass is in the middle of the US 41 Cloverleaf, most of the 58,000 vehicles that flow through the busy interchange each day use the ramps around the outer portion of the cloverleaf. Only about 6,000 vehicles a day that actually cross the overpass that is being reconstructed will be disrupted.
Todd says with the closure starting at 7:00 p.m., Friday night, motorists will have all weekend to figure out their best alternate route before the busy commute on Monday morning.
The Henderson Police Department and Henderson County Sheriff’s Department have assisted with working out detailed traffic control plans. Both agencies will be watching for potential snarls along the detour routes and responding appropriately to keep traffic moving. Traffic engineers are providing work zone safety funds to have an officer available to monitor traffic flow during the project. Some traffic signal timing is being adjusted to assist traffic flow at key detour intersections.
KYTC District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says everything went well during the closure for eastbound traffic on the US 60 Overpass. He’s optimistic that with the cooperation of the public things will run smoothly during the westbound closure.
“The cooperation and patience of the public is an important part of making this work and avoiding the potential for gridlock along the detour routes. By thinking ahead about the best way to get around this closure, our drivers can help us and help themselves during this nine day closure of westbound traffic.”
Reconstruction of the westbound lanes of the US 60 Overpass should be completed by 6:00 a.m., CDT, on Monday, July 2nd.