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"Blue Bridge" in Owensboro gets route number change
Posted: 10-Sep-2015 3:01PM CDT
Some historical information form the Department of Highways District 2 about the renumbering of the route carried by the Glover Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro (dated Sept. 20, 2011):
‘Blue Bridge’ in Owensboro gets route number change
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The KY 2155 Ohio River Bridge – known locally as the “Blue Bridge” and the Glover Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro – is closed for a deck rehabilitation project. When it reopens, the bridge will have a new route designation. It will become the KY 2262 Ohio River Bridge.
KY 2262 Ohio River "Blue" Bridge Closures for Festival Activities Sept 11-13 at OWENSBORO
Posted: 10-Sep-2015 2:12PM CDT
The bridge over the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro will be temporarily closed during a festival in the city from September 11th to the 13th. The press release from the Department of Highways includes some facts and figures regarding the bridge that once carried US 231 into Indiana:
The City of Owensboro has a permit to temporarily halt traffic on the KY 2262 Ohio River “Blue” Bridge at specific times for a Bridge Day celebration and the Owensboro Air Show on September 11, 12 and 13, 2015.
The KY 2262 Ohio River “Blue” Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic at the following times:
Friday, September 11th
2:00 p.m., CDT, to 4:00 p.m.- Air Show Practice
Saturday, September 12th
8:00 a.m., CDT, to 4:30 p.m.- Bridge Day & Air Show
Sunday, September 13th
2:30 p.m., CDT, to 4:30 p.m.- Air Show
The City of Owensboro will provide appropriate roadway signage notifying the driving public of the bridge closure.
For additional info on festival activities planned this weekend in Owensboro go tohttps://www.owensboro.org/post/bridge-closure-for-air-show-weekend.
Also known as The Blue Bridge and the Glover Cary Bridge, the 4,622 ft. structure connects KY 2262 and Indiana State Route 161 over the Ohio River at Owensboro. Approximately 7,300 vehicles cross the Ohio River on the Blue Bridge between Kentucky and Indiana in an average day. The structure opened to traffic in September 1940 as a toll bridge. The tolls were discontinued in 1954.
The Blue Bridge is at Ohio River navigation mile point 756.3.
Tolls to be Lifted on Natcher and Audubon Parkways in Fiscal Year 2007
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Butler County] [Daviess County] [Henderson County] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Ohio County] [Parkways] [Warren County]
Tolls are set to be lifted on the William H. Natcher Parkway and Audubon Parkway, Kentucky’s last two remaining toll roads, in the states fiscal year 2007, which begins July 1, 2006. The exact date that tolls will be lifted has yet to have been established: Lexington Herald-Leader: Last 2 Kentucky toll parkways set to be freed up (Dec. 24, 2005)
Spottsville Bridge Work Completed
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST
Work to repair corrosion on the US 60 Spottsville Bridge over the Green River between Henderson and Daviess Counties has been presented: Henderson Gleaner: Spottsville Bridge work completed (Dec. 21, 2005)
Plans for Owensboro Bypass Extension Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:26AM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented proposed alternatives for rebuilding and extending the eastern end of the Owensboro bypass: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bypass extension plans to be displayed; Affected property shown for 3.4-mile project (Dec. 8, 2005) , Messenger-Inquirer: Residents along bypass extension route get look at plan (Dec. 9, 2005)
Spottsville Bridge Being Repaired
Posted: 12-Nov-2005 2:01AM CST
Traffic will be restricted to one lane on the US 60 bridge over the Green River beginning Monday. An inspection of the bridge in September found an unexpected amount of corrosion. Work to correct the issue is expected to be complete Dec. 21. A 15-ton weight limit remains in effect on the bridge: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge reduced to one lane beginning Monday (Nov. 11, 2005)
Daviess County Considering “Outer Boulevard”
Posted: 9-Nov-2005 4:16AM CST
Daviess County planning officials are reconsidering the idea of an “outer boulevard” that would connect to the county from east-to-west and bypass Owensboro: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Panel's taking new look at outer boulevard plan; Proposed loop road has gone nowhere for 3 decades (Nov. 7, 2005)
Natcher Parkway Rehabilitation Underway
Posted: 5-Nov-2005 4:08AM CST
Work began this week to rehabilitate the south bound lanes of the William H. Natcher Parkway in Daviess County. Work will continue through September 2006. Travelers should expect to encounter lane closures.
Weight Limits Lowered on US 60 Green River Bridge
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT
Weight limits have been lowered on the US 60 Spottsville Bridge over the Green River after some rusting was found during a recent inspection: The Henderson Gleaner: Spottsville span gets new limits (Sept. 24, 2005) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Weight restriction put on Spottsville bridge (Sept. 27, 2005)
Daviess Intersection May Be Replaced with Traffic Circle
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is considering replacing the intersection of KY 56 and KY 81 south of Owensboro with a traffic circle (also known as a roundabout): Evansville Courier & Press: Traffic circle eyed for Owensboro's South Side (Sept. 19, 2005) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Transportation officials to discuss roundabout (Sept. 24, 2005)
Yonts Pushes for Widening of US 431
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:29PM CDT
State Legislator Representative Brent Yonts (D, 15th District) has begun a campaign to have US 431 widened to four lanes from Owensboro to the Tennessee state line: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Yonts pushing for four-laning of U.S. 431 (Sept. 16, 2005)
Salt Storage Dome Struck by Lightning
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:49AM CDT
A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet salt storage dome in Daviess County was struck by lightning: WPSD NewsChannel 6: Kentucky: Lightning Hits Salt Dome (June 10, 2005)
Owensboro Riverwall Faces Delay
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:48AM CDT
In February, Sen. Mitch McConnell presented Owensboro officials with a ceremonial $5 million check to pay for construction of the city’s Riverwall; however, that was last time city saw any money from the federal grant. The money was given to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and has yet to find its way to Owensboro.
Budget for US 231 Southern Indiana Widening Project in Question
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:01AM CDT
Budget concerns in Indiana may delay a project to widen US 231 in Southern Indiana from the Natcher Bridge to I-64. The priority of unstarted highway projects has been under review since Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January. Under the revised 10-year plan the US 231 widening project might be delayed until 2014.
Local leaders (including officials from Daviess County in Kentucky) met with Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels last week and were assured that while the project would be delayed, it would not be delayed until 2014.
More information: Evansville Courier&Press: Officials upset over potential U.S. 231 delays (May 4, 2005) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: U.S. 231 expansion on hold (May 4, 2005) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Officials: U.S. 231 expansion project back on track (May 12, 2005)
County Road Names
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:16PM CST
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer takes a look at unique county road names; names like Muddy Gut Road, Rattlesnake Hill Road, and Possum Trot Road: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Name Game; Tywhoppity? Muddy Gut Road? What's in a name? (Feb. 27, 2005)
Bypass Extension is Owensboro’s Top Priority
Posted: 24-Feb-2005 4:46AM CST
An east extension of the US 60 Bypass around Owensboro has been identified as Owensboro’s top transportation priority by the Owensboro-Daviess County Urban Area Transportation's technical advisory committee. Construction on the project to extend the bypass toward the Natcher Bridge is expected to begin in 2008 and be completed by 2011.
The committee also rejected the idea of widening Frederica Street (US 431) to six lanes.
Daviess County Leader Wants New Owensboro Outer Bypass
Posted: 21-Feb-2005 5:28AM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Daviess County] [Interstate 66] [Interstate 69] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [US 60]
Daviess County Judge-Executive Reid Haire would like to see an new interstate-grade outer loop constructed around Owensboro: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Haire pushes 'outer loop'; Road would connect I-69, I-66 spurs (Feb. 20, 2005)
GRADD Endorses Federally Funded Study to Upgrade the Audubon Parkway to an Interstate
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:03AM CST
The Green River Area Development District’s regional transportation committee gave unanimous support for the undertaking of a federally funded study to determine the cost of reconstructing the Audubon Parkway as a spur route from the proposed Interstate 69 east of Henderson. The Owensboro Chamber of Commerce believes that an interstate designation for the parkway would make Owensboro more attractive to industrial developers.
More information: Henderson Gleaner: Owensboro pushing to make Audubon Parkway into I-69 spur (Jan. 20, 2005) , Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: GRADD committee endorses Audubon Parkway study (Jan. 20, 2005)
Kentucky Continues to Dig Out from Last Week’s Winter Storm; Some Roads Refreeze Overnight
Posted: 27-Dec-2004 3:22AM CST
Topics: [Bracken County] [Daviess County] [Fleming County] [Gallatin County] [Hopkins County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 264] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Indiana] [Jefferson County] [Lewis County] [Lyon County] [Marshall County] [Mason County] [McCracken County] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Travel Information] [Trigg County] [Warren County] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
Higher temperatures during the day may have melted some of the ice and snow along Kentucky’s highways; however, falling temperatures during nights is causing some of it to refreeze. Refreezing made parts of the Western Kentucky Parkway and Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway impassible Christmas night: Associated Press: State asks drivers to avoid western Kentucky parkways (Dec. 26, 2004) , Associated Press: Motorist should use caution traveling (Dec. 26, 2004)
Current information regarding highway conditions can be found at: www.511.ky.gov .
On Christmas Day, snow and ice remained in the travel lanes of I-65 in several places. In the Louisville area, a number of abandoned vehicles remained along the shoulders and, in some cases, the travel lanes of I-65 and the Watterson Expressway. Secondary routes in both Warren and Jefferson County were still snow and ice covered; as were many of the ramps entering and leaving I-65.
Cleanup continued through Friday on I-24: Associated Press: Kentuckians continue to dig out of holiday snow (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: Kentuckians continue to dig out of snow (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: State making progress on western Kentucky roads (Dec. 25, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Some still without power, roads cleared (Dec. 25, 2004)
The Maysville area recovered quickly from the storm: Maysville Ledger Independent: White Christmas more shiny than fluffy; road crews scramble (Dec. 24, 2004)
Several accidents were reported on I-71 near mile marker 58 in Gallatin County: Associated Press: Cold keeps its hold on state (Dec. 25, 2004)
Improving conditions allowed shoppers to return the stores on Christmas Eve in Owensboro: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Shoppers are back on track; Improving road conditions send residents heading to stores (Dec. 25, 2004)
Summary of snow response in Henderson County: The Henderson Gleaner: Most crews stay busy helping folks, clearing roadways (Dec. 25, 2004)
Problems continued on I-64 and I-65 in Indiana through Friday: The Jeffersonville (Ind.) Evening News: Snow freezes region; state of emergency declared (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: Some Roads Reopening After Record Snow (Dec. 24, 2004) , Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press: A long stranded trip (Dec. 24, 2004) , New Albany (Ind.) Tribune: City struggles to keep streets clear as snow piles up (Dec. 24, 2004) , Associated Press: Interstates reopen to travelers in Midwest (Dec. 25, 2004) , Evansville Courier & Press: Snow gives travelers tales to tell (Dec. 25, 2004) , Associated Press: Some Indiana highways remained slick but passable after snow (Dec. 25, 2004) , Associated Press: Indiana highways slick but passable (Dec. 26, 2004)
Paducah area information: WPSD NewsChannel 6: UPDATE: Major Roads Now Open (Dec. 24, 2004)
More information: Associated Press: Warmth aids road crews (Dec. 25, 2004)
More Snow and Ice Information
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 1:47AM CST
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Wrecks caused backups on I-71 and I-24 and summary of snow response statewide: Associated Press: Winter storm coats parts of Kentucky with snow, ice (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004)
Summary of snow response in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Kentucky and Ohio counties declare weather emergencies (Dec. 23, 2004) , Cincinnati Enquirer: Now, time to dig out (Dec. 23, 2004)
Snow response in the Glasgow area: Glasgow Daily Times: Winter storm hits Kentucky (Dec. 23, 2004)
Motorists became stranded on part of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Storm paralyzes region (Dec. 23, 2004)
Gov. Fletcher has declared a state of emergency in the following counties and cities: McLean, Hancock, Livingston, Hopkins, City of Providence, City of Owensboro, City of Falmouth, City of Butler, Todd, Daviess, Crittenden, Carlisle, Shelby, Muhlenberg, Pendleton, Bullitt and Grayson: WAVE 3: Governor Ernie Fletcher's Office Declares State of Emergency (Dec. 23, 2004)
I-64 in Indiana remains closed between Evansville and the Illinois state line. The National Guard has been rescuing stranded motorists along the interstate: Associated Press: Guardsmen Rescuing Travelers Stranded On Southern Indiana Highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Stranded travelers recall cold night on snowbound highway (Dec. 23, 2004) , Associated Press: Snow Storm Snarls Much Of Southern, Central Indiana (Dec. 23, 2004) , Evansville Courier & Press: Indiana National Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists from Interstate 64 (Dec. 23, 2004)
Information regarding conditions on Kentucky’s highway can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov .
Maps of roads that will be cleared by the state government can be found at: www.kytc.state.ky.us/maintenance/Snow_Ice.htm .
Owensboro Greenbelt Progressing
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:03PM CST
Several sections of Owensboro’s David C. Adkisson Greenbelt Park walking and biking trail are open and others are nearing completion. The trail will eventually include a bridge over Frederica Street (US 431)—a project that is expected to cost around $1 million.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Greenbelt trail growing (Dec. 13, 2004)
Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Would Like to See Parkways Converted to Interstate Spurs
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:13PM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Daviess County] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 69] [William H. Natcher Parkway]
The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce would like to see studies to determine the feasibility of upgrading to the Audubon and Natcher Parkways to Interstate spur routes. The Audubon Parkway would be a spur route off of the proposed I-69 in Henderson County, and the Natcher Parkway would be a spur route off of I-65 in Warren County.
While most of the parkway system consists of four-lane divided limited access highways, most of the parkway system does not meet modern interstate standards. Among the problems are medians that are too narrow, shoulders that are too narrow, not enough open space along the side of the highway, and overpasses that are too low. An upgrade of any parkway to Interstate standards would be an expensive undertaking.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Audubon eyed as I-69 spur (Dec. 2, 2004)
U.S. Highway 60 Corridor Safety Task Team Meets Tomorrow in Owensboro
Posted: 17-Nov-2004 2:09AM CST
The new U.S. Highway 60 Corridor Safety Task Team will meet at Green River Area Development District in Owensboro tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 10:00am to discuss efforts to increase driver safety along US 60: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Group focusing on U.S. 60 safety (Nov. 9, 2004)
Owensboro Desires Farmview Connector, Wary of Plans to Widen US 431
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:58AM CDT
Owensboro officials hope to someday see a connector between Farmview Drive to Carpenter Drive; however, officials are wary of plans to widen US 431 from Owensboro to the Tennessee border: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: City seeks Farmview connector (Oct. 27, 2004)
Committee Discusses US 60 Traffic Safety
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:55AM CDT
The US 60 Highway Safety Corridor committee met in September to discuss using a team concept to increase safety along US 60 in Hancock, Daviess, Henderson, and Union counties: Union County Advocate: Highway safety meeting today in Owensboro (Sept. 29, 2004)
Plans to Rename Owensboro Street Divides Neighborhood
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT
A proposal to rename parts of Fifth Street Road and Sixth Street Road in Owensboro has exposed differing opinions from area residents: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Resident objects to renaming of road; City: West Fifth Street Road name confusing (Sept. 22, 2004)
The new name for both streets would be Cravens Street.
Construction of West Loop Begins in Owensboro
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:48PM CDT
Construction of a new connector route from Southtown Boulevard to Frederica Street (US 431) in Owensboro southern commercial area: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Work to start on West Loop; Project to take 9 months (Sept. 15, 2004)
Officials Consider a Roundabout for Owensboro Intersection
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:00PM CDT
Transportation officials are considering construct a roundabout to ease congestion at the intersection of KY 56 and KY 81 in Owensboro: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Roundabout may help ease traffic congestion at 'the Y' (Aug. 25, 2004)
Chief Highway Engineers Appointed in Nine Districts
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 1:07AM CDT
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Gov. Fletcher and Transportation Secretary Bailey have appointed chief highway engineers for nine of the Division of Highways' twelve districts.
More information: WKYT: Gov. Fletcher Hires New Highway Engineers (June 29, 2004) , Associated Press: Fletcher appoints top highway engineers (June 30, 2004) , Hardin County News-Enterprise: Highway engineer appointed in E'town (June 30, 2004) , Maysville Ledger-Independent: New KTC Engineer Sees District as Unique (July 2, 2004)
Summer Work Season a Busy One for Owensboro
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:10AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that this summer the city of Owensboro will be undertaking a number of projects to improve its streets and sidewalks: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: City gets rolling on street projects (June 28, 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.
Green River ADD Plans Detailed Traffic Study for Downtown Owensboro
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:16AM CST
The Green River Area Development District is planning a detailed study of traffic in downtown Owensboro. Traffic patterns in Owensboro have changed after the opening of the William H. Natcher Bridge to the east of the city.
Southern Extension to Natcher Parkway Moving Ahead; Tolls to be Lifted in 2007
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:40AM CST
Topics: [Butler County] [Daviess County] [Interstate 65] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Ohio County] [US 231] [Warren County]
The Bowling Green Daily News reports that funding for construction of a southern extension of the Natcher Parkway is included in the proposed six year plan. Initial design work has already been completed for the extension that would stretch for the parkway.s current terminus at I-65 to US 231 near Dye Ford Road.
Additionally, tolls are scheduled to be lifted from the entire length of the parkway once its bonds are repaid in 2007.
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST
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Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.
The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.
A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.
This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.Update (Feb. 29, 2004): More information about projects in particular areas can be found here.
House Committee Approves Naming of KY 54 in Daviess County after David "Paulie" Nash
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:58AM CST
The full House of the state legislature will now consider a bill to rename KY 54 in Daviess County after David "Paulie" Nash. Private First Class Nash of Whitesville was killed when he threw himself on a grenade during the Vietnam War. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Nixon administration.
Update (Feb. 8, 2004): More information: Associated Press: Veterans seek to have Kentucky highway named after Medal of Honor winner (Feb. 7, 2004)
Fletcher Promises to Remove Tolls from Natcher and Audubon Parkways
Posted: 26-Jan-2004 2:37AM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Butler County] [Daviess County] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Henderson County] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Ohio County] [Warren County]
In a recent speech to the Owensboro Chamber Commerce, Gov. Ernie Fletcher reiterated a campaign process to remove tolls from the Natcher and Audubon Parkways.
Owensboro Man Injured By Object Thrown Onto Audubon Parkway
Posted: 23-Jan-2004 9:09AM CST
An Owensboro man was injured around 1:00am Tuesday, Jan. 20 when an alternator thrown from the Kentucky 279 overpass on the Audubon Parkway crashed through his window. The Kentucky State Police Henderson Post is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call (270) 685-3927 or (270) 826-3312.
Blues to Bluegrass Scenic Byway
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:49AM CST
Topics: [Daviess County] [Hancock County] [Henderson County] [KY 56] [KY 69] [McLean County] [Muhlenberg County] [Ohio County] [Union County] [US 60] [US 62] [Webster County]
The Kentucky Transportation and Tourism Interagency Committee recently approved a scenic byway through Daviess, Hancock, Ohio, Muhlenberg, McLean, Webster, Union and Henderson counties that will highlight the region.s music heritage.
Natcher Bridge Traffic Lower Than Expected
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:48AM CST
Topics: [Daviess County] [Hancock County] [KY 69] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [The Ohio River] [US 231] [US 60]
The four-lane Natcher Bridge currently serves only 4,500 vehicles per day while the two-lane Grover Carey Bridge in Owensboro serves 10,000 vehicles per day and the two-lane Bob Cummings-Lincoln Trail Bridge at Hawesville serves 8,900 vehicles per day; however, transportation officials expect traffic on the bridge to increase once an extension of the Owensboro bypass is completed and US 231 is widened to four lanes in Indiana.
Jan. 15, 2004 Update: Courier-Journal: New bridge has less traffic than projected (Jan. 13, 2004)
Jan. 20, 2004 Update: The (Henderson) Gleaner: Study: Natcher Bridge traffic light (Jan. 13, 2004)
Owensboro Bypass and Natcher Parkway Pavement Rehabilitation Projects to be Completed by the End of November
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:30AM CST
Diamond grinding on the westernmost section of the Owensboro Bypass and repaving of the northern end of the William H. Natcher Parkway should be complete by the end of November.
Glover Cary Bridge to be Repainted Blue
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:57AM CDT
Owensboro residents chose to continue to use blue paint to paint the Glove Cary Bridge over the Ohio River. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now let locals select the color to paint bridges, and Owensboro residents chose to continue the at least 40 year old tradition of having the Blue Bridge in downtown.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge ballot blue is best (Sept. 5, 2003)
Voting to Choose Color of Glover Cary Bridge to Begin on Friday
Posted: 14-Aug-2003 12:08AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin repainting the Glover H. Cary bridge in downtown Owensboro in 2006; however, before then, the cabinet must choose a color for the new paint. Owensboro residents will be able to voice their opinion on the bridges new color beginning Friday. Residents will be able to vote at the Daviess County Public Library, Towne Square Mall, and online at the Messenger-Inquirer website.
Area students were given a chance to vote on the bridge color in the spring. Blue is the current front runner with 44% of the vote with teal (22%), brick red (17%), and green (14%) following. The bridge was last painted in 1987 and is currently teal.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: (Aug. 13, 2003) (free registration required), WKYT: Citizens Will Vote On Bridge Color (Aug. 13, 2003) , KentuckyRoads.com: Photograph of Glover H. Carey Bridge
Natcher Bridge Receives National Honor Award
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:37PM CDT
The William H. Natcher Bridge was one of 24 projects nationwide to receive an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.
KY 54 Repaving Under Way in Daviess County
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 8:40PM CDT
A project to repave a short section KY 54 near the Owensboro US 60 By-pass has begun and is expected to last until mid-August. Though the stretch of highway is only eleven years old, the pavement has become deeply rutted; this project's aim is to correct that problem.
Other Daviess County projects include work to improve drainage on the William H. Natcher Parkway and pavement rehabilitation on US 60 east of Owensboro in Daviess and Hancock Counties.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Kentucky 54 resurfacing under way (July 24, 2003) (free registration required; includes photograph of construction work)
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
2003 Official Highway Map Released
Posted: 20-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT
Topics: [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Daviess County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Larue County] [Leslie County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [The Ohio River] [Perry County] [Travel Information] [US 231]
Updated: 21-Jul-2003 2:00PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released the 2003 version of the official highway map on May 29. There were no apparent major changes over the previous year's, except for the fact that on June 10, the map was modified to show the former Daniel Boone Parkway as the Hal Rogers Parkway.
More information: KYTC: Official Highway Map
The map is now available in rest areas. I picked up a copy at the Paducah Welcome Center yesterday. The cover art is a photograph of the William H. Natcher Bridge.
Pavement Work on Western Leg of Owensboro Bypass
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:45PM CDT
Work to rehabilitate pavement on the western end of Owensboro's US 60 By-pass is planned to start on July 21. Work on the section of the bypass from US 431 to US 60 west of Owensboro is expected to take until November. The concrete surface of the road will undergo diamond grinding and asphalt shoulders will be built.
US 60 Spottsville Bridge over Green River Struck by Barge; Closed
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:53AM CDT
The US 60 bridge over the Green River at Spottsville was struck by an Army Corps of Engineers barge at 10:30 CDT on May 29, 2003. The bridge was closed for repairs. Traffic was detoured on to the Audubon Parkway.
The Spottsville Bridge collapsed while it was under construction in 1931, killing three workers.
More information: Associated Press: Green River bridge hit by barge, closed indefinitely (May 29, 2003) , Henderson Gleaner: Bridge may be closed for two weeks (May 30, 2003) (includes pictures)
Daviess County Road Work for 2003
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 7:25AM CST
The Messenger-Inquirer reports that road projects for Daviess County in 2003 include diamond grinding the western portion of the US 60 By-pass, rehabilitation of the northbound lanes of the Natcher Parkway near the northern terminus, and bridge replacements on KY 661 and US 431.
Cary Bridge Work Finishing Up
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 7:20AM CST
Work on the Owensboro approach to the Glover Cary Bridge should be mostly complete in a few weeks. J.R. Miller Boulevard is being realigned so that aligns with the bridge. Landscaping and final paving should be complete this spring.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge work nears end (Dec. 28, 2002)
Natcher Bridge Named in the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:02AM CST
The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro has been named as one of the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine.
More information: KYTC Press Release
State Recommends Route for US 60 By-pass Extension in Owensboro
Posted: 4-Nov-2002 2:07AM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has recommended a route for an eastern extension of the Wendell H. Ford Expressway US 60 By-pass in Owensboro. The 4.5-mile recommended route begins north of Kentucky 54 on the current US 60 By-pass and connects to US 60/US 231 east of KY 144. The extension is intended to relieve congestion along US 60/US 231 east of Owensboro. Traffic on the current route is expected to increase now that US 231 has been rerouted as part of the approach to the Natcher Bridge.
Natcher Bridge Opens
Posted: 3-Nov-2002 9:28PM CST
The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River northeast of Owensboro opened to traffic on October 21, 2002.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge opens to traffic (Oct. 22, 2002) (free registration required), Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge on track for Monday opening (Oct. 15, 2002) (free registration required)
Natcher Bridge Won't Open Until October
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 10:21PM CDT
The Natcher Bridge probably won't open until around Oct. 10. Grouting of the tables was recently completed, and now wind ties must be attached to the cables. These ties are intended to restrict the movement of the cables during high wind. Other remaining work includes pouring concrete to complete the roofs of the two towers, painting, and electrical work. The construction equipment including two large cranes must be removed.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge likely to open in Oct. (Sept. 12, 2002)
Audubon Parkway Re-signing Project
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 11:48PM CDT
New signs have been (or are being placed) along the length of the Audubon Parkway. Jason Ward, of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, reports that this work is being done through a contract with The Ruth Company.
Jacob Newkirk discusses the re-signing project in this Usenet thread . He reports that many of the signs were the original signs that were installed on the parkway when it opened in the early '70s.
William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 1-Sep-2002 5:34AM CDT
New Route Numbers for Old US 231
Jacob Newkirk reports in this Usenet post that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will probably renumber US 231 through downtown Owensboro as Kentucky 2155.
The Glover Cary Bridge over the Ohio River at downtown Owensboro is in Kentucky so, if current plans hold, will be part of Kentucky 2155. The stateline is on the north side of the river, and the "Welcome to Kentucky" sign is at the north end of the bridge. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue to maintain the 62-year old bridge.
Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer Bridge Coverage
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ran a series of articles about the Natcher Bridge and other area bridges in their August 30, 2002 edition. You need to complete their free registration to view these articles online:
US 60 By-pass Route Selection Two Months Away
Posted: 1-Sep-2002 5:20AM CDT
A selection of a route for the proposed extension to the Owensboro by-pass will be announced in about two months, according to the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer. When the preferred route is announced in October, the public will have 15 days to submit comments on the route. If the plans are finally approved, right-of-way acquisition could begin in 2003 with utility relocation in 2004 and construction in 2005.
The extension of the by-pass is expected to connect with the current by-pass near the Kentucky 54 interchange and connect with US 60 east of the US 60/KY 144 interchange.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bypass extension route selection near (Aug. 25, 2002) (free registration required)
More Natcher Bridge Dedication Notes
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 8:42PM CDT
Here a couple of links related to the dedication of the William H. Natcher Bridge:
Glover Cary Bridge Work to Begin in October
Posted: 18-Aug-2002 11:20PM CDT
In October, the city of Owensboro will begin work on the approach to the Glover Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro. This work will include widening the approach to the bridge and widening J.R. Miller Boulevard between Third and Fourth Streets. This work includes demolition of a house that sits across the street from the approach to the bridge.
Natcher Bridge Dedication
Posted: 17-Aug-2002 7:40PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [The Ohio River] [US 231] [US 60]
The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River was officially dedicated on Friday, August 16, 2002. The $70 million span connects eastern Daviess County, Kentucky to Spencer County in Indiana. During the dedication ceremony, politicians from both sides of the river remarked on the significance the new bridge will play in the development of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They also recalled the hard work and determination of the late-U.S. Representative William H. Natcher for whom the bridge is named. After the ceremony, despite the rain, hundreds of visitors took an opportunity to walk across the nearly completed bridge.
The rumor date for the opening of the bridge is Sept. 25. Installation of guardrails and striping on the Indiana side still needs to be completed. Also the grouting of the cable stays has not yet been completed.
When the bridge opens US 231 will be rerouted onto the eastern portion of Owensboro's US 60 bypass, then along US 60, then onto a new four lane highway, and then across the bridge into Indiana. No word on what route number, if any, will be used to redesignate the existing route of US 231 which includes the Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro.
William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 7:04AM CDT
The KYTC has posted this press release with information about the Natcher Bridge dedication ceremony. As mentioned previously on this website, the dedication ceremony will be held on the Kentucky side of the bridge at 1:30 pm Central Time. Parking will be available on the roadway leading to the bridge and at Hawe's Truck Stop located on 6057 SR 2830 (Old US 60). A shuttle bus will take visitors to the bridge.
Also, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer notes that there have been no fatalities or very serious injuries during the 5-1/2 year construction of the bridge (the most serious reported injury was a broken ankle); however, six men were killed when a plane carrying engineers to study the construction site crashed at takeoff in 1990.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge exacted a toll in lives (Aug. 6, 2002) (free registration required)
Natcher Bridge Presentation
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:07AM CDT
I recently discovered this presentation about the William H. Natcher Bridge on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Web Site. The presentation contains information about the bridge along with pictures taken at several points during its construction.
More information: The William Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River
Natcher Bridge to be Dedicated on Aug. 16
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:09AM CDT
The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro will be dedicated on August 16; however, the bridge will not open to traffic that day. The approach on the Indiana side has yet to be completed.
The dedication ceremony beings at 1:30 pm on August 16 and is open to the public. Visitors will be able to walk across the bridge. Visitors will be able to park on the highway on the Kentucky side of the bridge.
The image below shows the general location of the bridge:
Site Features: New Natcher Bridge Photographs
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:57AM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [The Ohio River] [Site Features] [US 231] [US 60]
I've updated the William H. Natcher Bridge page with pictures that I took on June 25 and February 16. The bridge and the Kentucky approach appear to be essentially complete. There was some work underway to install lighting along the bridge. The Indiana approach is still under construction.
Natcher Bridge Dedication Delayed
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:56AM CDT
The dedication of the Natcher Bridge has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts with Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon and Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton. The bridge is now nearly complete.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge Ceremony Postponed (June 14, 2002)
Natcher Bridge Dedication Set for August 2
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:07AM CDT
The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River at Owensboro will be dedicated at 10:00 am on August 2nd. It has been 62 years since Owensboro's only other Ohio River bridge, the Glover H. Cary Bridge, was dedicated on July 30, 1940.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge dedication Aug. 2 (May 12, 2002) (Free registration required)
New Planning Projects
Posted: 5-May-2002 3:12AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Division of Planning has updated their web site. There appear to be several new planning studies listed .
Among these projects is a study of KY 2121 (Southtown Blvd.) in Owensboro .
Natcher Bridge Work Enters Final Phase
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:48PM CDT
The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro is expected to open in late-July or early-August. Several tasks still remain to be completed: the construction of two foot-eight inch tall barrier walls on the outside edges of the bridge and down the center of the bridge, application of the final layer of concrete for the driving surface of the bridge, final tensioning of the cable stays, grouting of the cables, and painting of the steel undercarriage of the bridge. No date has been chosen for the grand opening of the bridge.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge construction enters final phase (April 14, 2002) (no longer online)
Owensboro Cary Bridge Approach Work Moving Ahead
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:42PM CDT
Owensboro's First Baptist Church has approved the sale of a house across the street from the Cary Bridge approach. This house will now be demolished to allow reconstruction of the interchange at the end of the Cary Bridge. The Cary Bridge is a two-lane bridge over the Ohio River. It carries US 231.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge approach on right track (April 11, 2002) (no longer online)
US 231 and I-69 Shaping Up in Indiana
Posted: 12-Mar-2002 6:48PM CST
J. Bryan Nicol, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation, recently made two speeches in Owensboro about the impact of road projects in Southern Indiana on the highway system in Kentucky. INDOT is widening US 231 from the new William H. Natcher Bridge to I-64. This project is expected to be completed in 2007. Eventually the widened US 231 will connect with the I-69 extension providing Owensboro with even better access to the road system.
More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: U.S. 231, I-69 projects moving forward (no longer online)
Yea, KentuckyRoads.com 200th headline!
Six Year Plan Includes Many Projects in Daviess County
Posted: 19-Feb-2002 7:06PM CST
Topics: [Daviess County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [The Ohio River] [Other Routes] [US 231] [US 60]
This Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article (no longer online) examines Daviess County road projects that are listed in the 2002 Six Year Highway Plan. The projects include:
Final Section of William H. Natcher Bridge Placed
Posted: 6-Feb-2002 8:29PM CST
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article (no longer online) that the final section of the William H. Natcher Bridge has been placed. The new cable-stayed bridge over the Ohio River is expected to open in late July or early August.
US 60 Work in Owensboro Causes Problems for Businesses
Posted: 3-Feb-2002 6:36AM CST
This Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article (no longer online) reports that work at the intersection of US 60 and Bypass US 60 greatly reduced business at shops near the work zone. The work, to add extra turn lanes, was completed in December. Traffic is expected to increase this summer when the William H. Natcher Bridge opens. Eventually the US 60 by-pass will be extended further east to reduce traffic near Owensboro.
Transportation Spending Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:52AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [35 topics related to this item]
The conference version of the Transportation spending bill has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.
Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:
Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.
Natcher Bridge on Track
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:55AM CST
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article that work on the Natcher Bridge is progressing well. Only three sections of the deck remain to placed, and they should be in place by the first of the year. The bridge and approaches are expected to be complete around the end of July.
State Budget Cuts May Affect Road Work
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:44PM CST
Topics: [Daviess County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [The Ohio River] [US 60]
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article (no longer online) that state budget cuts may affect road projects in the Owensboro area; however, most appear to be on track. While projects such as an eastern extension of the US 60 By-pass, the William H. Natcher bridge, and other work on US 60 are expected to be funding. Work on roads such as Southtown Boulevard was to be funded by surplus money which may no longer be available.
US 60 Work in Owensboro Won't be Complete until Mid-December
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:38PM CST
The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reports in this article (no longer online) that work at the intersection of US 60 and US 60 By-pass east of Owensboro will not be complete until mid-December. New turn lanes are being added to ease congestion at the interchange.
Decision on Route for Owensboro Bypass Still Months Away
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:52AM CDT
According to this Messenger-Inquirer article (no longer online), a decision on the route for a new eastern extension of the Owensboro Bypass is still months away.
KYTC Plans to Upgrade US 60 Between Louisville and Paducah
Posted: 4-Oct-2001 10:01PM CDT
The Gleaner (Henderson) reports in this October 4, 2001 article (no longer online) that the KYTC is planning several projects along US 60 between Louisville and Paducah. These projects include construction of a railroad overpass between Owensboro and Henderson and the construction of a four lane highway between Henderson and Morganfield.
Work at East End of Owensboro Bypass is Underway
Posted: 25-Aug-2001 3:25PM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 25, 2001 article (no longer online) that work to add extra turn lanes at the eastern end of Owensboro bypass has begun.
Cary Bridge (US 231) Work Causes Traffic Headaches
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:24AM CDT
This Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article (no longer online) reports that work on the Cary Bridge over the Ohio River at Owensboro is causing eight to ten minute delays.
One Lane of Cary Bridge in Owensboro to be Closed This Week
Posted: 12-Aug-2001 7:16PM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 11, 2001 article (no longer online) that one lane of the Glover H. Cary Bridge over the Ohio River will be closed this week for the installation of fiber optic cable.
Site Feature: William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 6:52AM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [The Ohio River] [Site Features] [US 231] [US 60]
A new feature on the William H. Natcher Bridge has been added to the web site. It contains an overview of the project, a map of the project area, photographs of the bridge taken on August 9, 2001, and links to other sources of information about the bridge.
The William H. Natcher Bridge is currently being built over the Ohio River near Owensboro. It is expected to be the new route of US 231 when complete.
Segment of Audubon Parkway Collapses
Posted: 7-Aug-2001 4:18PM CDT
The Evansville Courier & Press reports in this August 7, 2001 article that a section of the Audubon Parkway has caved in. Traffic is down to two lanes due to the collapse. The section was in the process of being repaired to prevent such collapses.
Widening Project in Owensboro to Cause Headaches for Bus Drivers
Posted: 4-Aug-2001 3:49PM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 4, 2001 article that a widening project at the intersection of US 60 and US 60 Bypass on the eastside of Owensboro will cause headaches for school bus drivers. The project will widen westbound US 60 to provide two turn-lanes onto the US 60 Bypass. During construction left turns from westbound US 60 and left turns from eastbound US 60 Bypass will be prohibited.
US 60 Bypass Work in Owensboro Nearing Completion
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 3:02AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this July 26, 2001 article that rehabilitation work a 2.5 mile stretch of the US 60 Bypass in Owensboro should be completed in mid-September. In addition to resurfacing the route, several bridges were repaired or replaced.
New US 231 Ohio Bridge One Year Away
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 2:44AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this July 22, 2001 article (no longer online) that work on the new cable stayed bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro should be complete in about a year. The new bridge will carry US 231 and will divert traffic from the existing bridge in downtown Owensboro.
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