This page contains news and information about roads and highways in Clark County, Kentucky.
Winchester Northeastern Bypass Opening Brings Call for Caution
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:39PM CDT
A new northeastern bypass around Winchester has brought about a call of caution from the city’s newspaper. The Winchester Sun has reminded its readers to pay attention to new traffic control devices installed on routes that cross the new bypass: Winchester Sun: New bypass will demand caution (July 7, 2005) , Winchester Sun: New northeast bypass opens (July 23, 2005) , Winchester Sun: 3 hurt in mishap on new bypass (July 25, 2005)
I-64 Widening in Clark County
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:07PM CST
Work has begun on a project to widen two miles of I-64 in Clark County. In addition to widening the interstate the two-year project will reconstruct several adjacent roads including parts of KY 1958 and Van Meter Road: Lexington Herald-Leader: I-64 Being Widened in Clark County (Nov. 17, 2004)
Winchester’s Van Meter Road/I-64 to Receive Upgrade
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:29AM CDT
Property acquisition for the reconstruction of the I-64/KY 1958 interchange in Winchester is likely to begin soon: Winchester Sun: Work on I-64 facing delays (June 7, 2004)
Floods Ravage Eastern Kentucky Roads
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:28AM CDT
Topics: [Clark County] [Floyd County] [Johnson County] [Knott County] [KY 292] [Lawrence County] [Letcher County] [Martin County] [Pike County]
Heavy rains in June washed out several roads in far eastern Kentucky. Damage was so severe the Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12 was forces to halt all routine highway maintenance and refocus on emergency road repairs. Preliminary estimates are that repairs will cost $6 million.
The rain and floods also damaged roads in Clark County.
Additionally, the rains are believed to have contributed to the partial collapse of KY 292, the Huntley-Brinkley Road, along the Tug Fork in Pike County. The road was constructed by local residents nearly 40 years ago. After the area was featured on the NBC evening news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, television viewers nationwide sent donations to aid in the construction of the road. Local residents believe heavy coal trucks contributed to the collapse of the road.
More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12: District 12 surveys flood damage with FEMA reps (June 6, 2004) , Winchester Sun: Clark County included in request for disaster relief (June 8, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: It's good night to section of Huntley-Brinkley Road (June 15, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Cause of eastern Kentucky road's deterioration debated (June 15, 2004)
Summary of Transportation Related Bills Passed During the 2004 Regular Session
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:01AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bath County] [Boone County] [Boyd County] [Campbell County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Daviess County] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Fayette County] [Hardin County] [Hopkins County] [Kenton County] [KY 112] [KY 1357] [KY 54] [KY 70] [KY 80] [Madison County] [Montgomery County] [Muhlenberg County] [Pike County] [Rowan County] [US 421] [US 460]
The 60-day regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended on April 13. Thirteen bills relating to transportation were passed into law during the 2004 regular session. Click “read full text” below for summaries of each bill.
Winchester Mayor Discusses Roads through the City
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:06AM CST
Winchester Mayor Dodd Dixon discusses the city’s roads at a recent meeting of the Winchester Lions Club. One of several topics discussed was the recent completion of the city’s first city funded connector route: Winchester Sun: Mayor Outlines Considerations for City Transportation Projects (March 3, 2004)
Clark County Fiscal Court Tells KYTC of Problem Roads
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
Stuart Goodpaster of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet discussed problems with rural Clark County roads with magistrates during a recent meeting of the Clark County Fiscal Court. Under the Rural Secondary Program, which began in 1948, part of the state.s gasoline tax is used to maintain rural roads in the states 120 counties. Each year transportation cabinet officials meet with county leaders to determine what roads should be improved.
I-64/KY 1958 Interchange to be Reconstructed in Clark County
Posted: 13-Aug-2003 11:33PM CDT
Work to widen I-64 in Clark County will soon include work to reconstruct Exit 94, the interchange with KY 1958. The Winchester Sun calls for the Exit 96 interchange with KY 627 to be reconstructed as well; however, no such plans currently exist.
More information: Winchester Sun: 96 interchange needs work, too (Aug. 12, 2003)
I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan Released
Posted: 15-Feb-2003 5:53AM CST
Topics: [Bath County] [Boyd County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Fayette County] [Franklin County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Montgomery County] [Rowan County] [Shelby County] [Woodford County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan . The plan covers possible upgrades to the entire length of Interstate 64 through the state.
Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:25AM CST
Topics: [Campbell County] [Clark County] [Interstate 65] [Jefferson County] [KY 3368] [KY 9] [KY 974] [Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway]
Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins include a study on rebuilding the interchanges on I-65 near the University of Louisville, a study on rebuilding KY 9 in urban Campbell County , and studies about constructing two new interchanges on the Mountain Parkway .
I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:18AM CST
Topics: [Boyd County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Fayette County] [Franklin County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Montgomery County] [Rowan County] [Scott County] [Shelby County] [Woodford County]
The entire length of I-64 in Kentucky has been designated the Purple Heart Trail. The Military Order of Purple Heart has undertaken an effort to have each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico designate one of their highways to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. Kentucky will erect 24 signs designating the Purple Heart Trail: one at each of I-64's entrances to the state and signs in each county along I-64.
More information: KYTC Press Release
The Boonesboro Bridge on KY 627 has Been Named in Honor of Ewart W. Johnson
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:14AM CST
LEXINGTON, KY - (December 16, 2002) - Friends and family joined state and local officials in a dedication ceremony today to honor Ewart W. Johnson of Winchester, Kentucky. The Boonesboro Bridge on KY 627 was renamed the Ewart W. Johnson Bridge in appreciation of his service to Madison and Clark Counties and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mr. Johnson served as the Kentucky State Parks Commissioner from 1971 - 1975, and was instrumental in the construction of KY 627 from Winchester to Boonesboro. Secretary of Transportation James C. Codell, III said, “Ewart Johnson had a vision to provide the citizens of Winchester and Boonesboro with a safer roadway. Tragically, seven people had died in seventeen months on the current road. He wanted a new road built between Winchester and Boonesboro because he wanted to save lives.”
His accomplishments as Commissioner of Parks include the construction of Fort Boonesborough at Fort Boonesborough State Park. The beginning development of what is now the Kentucky Horse Park, and the completion of an 18-hole golf course at Lake Barkley State Resort Park where he hosted the first Boots Randolph Invitational Golf Tournament. This golf tournament has since become an annual event.
Secretary of Tourism and Acting Commissioner of Parks, Ann R. Latta praised Johnson’s commitment. “Through his leadership, countless thousands of visitors have learned more about Kentucky’s history and have enjoyed a wide variety of recreational opportunities.”
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