Keith Todd

KYTC

The Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake will open to four-lane traffic this week.

The TransAmerica bicycle trail is now marked through western Kentucky. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has placed signs along the route north of Madisonville and through Marion before continuing into Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing to open the new $133 million Kentucky Lake bridge to traffic.

KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the new four-lane U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge will open to two-lane traffic in the next two to three weeks. Todd said it’s important to get traffic moved over to the new bridge now so the cabinet and contractors can plot the removal of the 84-year-old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.

National Weather Service

Calls to stay off area roadways are coming from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials and Governor Matt Bevin as the second round of winter weather approaches tonight.

Near blizzard like conditions are expected overnight and into tomorrow. The region is under a winter storm warning from 6 o'clock this evening until midnight Friday. 

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

The Illinois Department of Transportation has discontinued the Interstate 66 Corridor Study aimed at connecting Paducah to East Cape Girardeau, Ill.

An IDOT statement claims the study was scrapped because of a lack of participation from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

KYTC/Keith Todd

Federally-protected osprey nests have led to the temporary furlough of more than 30 construction jobs on the new bridge being built over Kentucky Lake.

Lance Dennee / WKMS

Update 3:30 pm

Road crews are hard at work to clear as much snow and ice from area Interstate 24 and other area highways before dusk, when cold temperatures pose a chance for potential re-freezing.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says crews are confident to have both directions of I-24 mostly clear by tonight.

Lance Dennee

Update 9:02pm

Westbound traffic on I-24 is now moving, eastbound still blocked by stalled semi. 

KYTC is reporting traffic backups on I-24 near exit 54 in Caldwell County. 

Two semi trucks running normal interstate speed attempted to exit into snow covered ramps and jackknifed. Road crews are working to clear the site as quickly as possible. 

KYTC urges all motorists to avoid unnecessary overnight travel and to be mindful of potential re-freezing due to extreme cold temperatures. 

Update: 3:49pm 

All eastbound and westbound lanes of I-24 are now open, but Kentucky road crews are still battling traffic obstructions.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says road conditions are still pretty rough, but traffic is now moving in both directions after coming to a standstill last night, stranding many travelers. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

With 6 to 10 inches of snow across the region, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging people to stay home. KTC spokesman Keith Todd said some areas are seeing 15 inches of snow and 2 foot snow drifts are fairly common. Todd said this storm has been more difficult than last month’s due to near blizzard conditions. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, transportation.ky.gov

Yesterday’s sun helped melt some of the near record snow Kentucky experienced earlier in the week, but this morning saw another 1 to 2 inches of the white powder across the region. 

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