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Fayette County News Items

[KY 922]
Newtown Pike Extension Public Meeting to be held Tuesday
Posted: 18-Sep-2009 9:51PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting in Lexington Tuesday to discuss the state of the extension of Newtown Pike: Lexington Herald-Leader: Newtown Pike extension update is Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
US 25 Widening in Scott and Fayette Counties Delayed to 2011
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:48AM CDT

A project to widen part of US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown will be delayed until 2011: Lexington Herald-Leader: U.S. 25 expansion delayed to 2011 (Sept. 8, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[KY 922]
Governor to Allocate Highway Contingency Funds to Bury Newtown Pike Utility Lines
Posted: 26-Aug-2009 8:56AM CDT

Money will be released from the state's highway contingency fund to bury utility cables along the Newtown Pike extension in Lexington: Lexington Herald-Leader: Power lines along Newtown Pike Extension will be buried (Aug. 26, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[KY 922]
Critics Concerned about Power Lines along Newtown Pike Extension
Posted: 20-Aug-2009 7:30AM CDT

Critics are concerned that power lines will clutter the view along Lexington's Newtown Pike extension: Lexington Herald-Leader: Power lines will clutter Newtown Pike extension, project critics say (Aug. 13, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[KY 4]
Pothole Repair to Close Lanes on New Circle Road
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:23PM CDT

There will be lane closures on Lexington's New Circle Road this Wednesday to allow some potholes to be repaired: Lexington Herald-Leader: Pothole repair to close New Circle lanes (March 30, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Leestown Road Bridge Opens Early
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:36PM CDT

A new bridge on Leestown Road in Lexington opened a week ahead of schedule in July. Work began on the bridge in April.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Leestown Road bridge opens early (July 2, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
US 68 400 Mile Yard Sale: June 2-5
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT

The annual 400 Mile Sale stretching along US 68 from Maysville to Paducah will be held June 2-5: Maysville Ledger-Independent: A 400 mile opportunity: Yard sale is a big chance for buyers and sellers (May 1, 2005) [Outside Link], West Kentucky Corporation: 400 Mile Sale Across Kentucky [Outside Link], Logan County News-Democrat & Leader: 400 Mile events listed along U.S. 68-80 (May 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
US 27 Targeted for Drive Smart Program
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:53AM CST

US 27 from Fayette County to Lincoln County has been targeted for the “Drive Smart” safety program: Danville Advocate Messenger: U.S. 27 corridor selected for safety campaign (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Drive Smart [Outside Link]

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[KY 4]
New Circle Road/Newtown Pike Interchange Eyed for Replacement
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 4:42PM CST
Topics: [Fayette County] [KY 4] [KY 922]

Engineers are studying how to best replace the cloverleaf interchange at New Circle Road (KY 4) and Newtown Pike (KY 922). The interchange was constructed in the 1960s when traffic on New Circle Road was less than a third of what it is today.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Interchange having midlife crisis (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 922]
Newtown Pike Extension Receives Federal Funding
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:04PM CST

U.S. Representative Ben Chandler recently presented Lexington with $2 million in federal funding for a project to extend Newtown Pike. Plans are to redevelop Newtown Pike as a new gateway to the University of Kentucky from I-75. Work on the $36.5 million project is expected to begin in 2007 and take 15 years to complete.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Newtown extension project gets $2 million (Dec. 15, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government: Newtown Pike Extension [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Public Meeting: Clays Mill Road Widening
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County]

Last week the Lexington-Fayette County government held a public meeting to discuss plans to widen Clays Mill Road. Under the current plan, Clays Mill would be widened to three lanes—one lane in each direction and a continuous left turn lane—and five lanes at busy intersections. More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Public comment sought on Clays Mill widening (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
September Transportation Konnection
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:29AM CDT

The September 2004 edition of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s newsletter, the Transportation Konnection, has been posted to the KYTC’s web site [Outside Link].

Interesting items in September’s Konnection are:

  • Information about “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” day,
  • Information about another award for the Paris Pike Project,
  • Information about photograph of the ground breaking for Ken Bale Boulevard in Bowling Green,
  • Photographs of the reconstruction interchange between the Western Kentucky Parkway and KY 259 near Leitchfield, and
  • Photographs from the Simon Kenton Bridge rededication ceremony.

Download: [Transportation Konnection – September 2004] (2MB)

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[US 68] [KY 80]
400 Mile Yard Sale along US 68/KY 80
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:00AM CDT
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US 68 and KY 80 played host a 400 mile long yard sale the first weekend of June: Bowling Green Daily News: 400-mile yard sale kicks off on 68-80 (June 3, 2004) [Outside Link], (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: The 400-mile sale (June 4, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Buyers crossing nation for statewide sale (June 5, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Festival gives Smiths Grove chance to relax, sell goods (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
US 68 Yard Sale Underway
Posted: 3-Jun-2004 10:04AM CDT

The US 68 Yard Sale is underway today through Sunday in the 24 counties along the path of US 68 in Kentucky: more information [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Summary of Transportation Related Bills Passed During the 2004 Regular Session
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:01AM CDT

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.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Reynolds Roads Construction in Fayette County Should End this Fall
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:38PM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County]

Bad weather and problems with a temporary railroad bridge delayed the planned last summer completion of the Reynolds Road widening project; however, the project is now on track to completed this fall: Lexington Herald-Leader: End of the Road? (May 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Lexington Area Traffic ‘Art’
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:15AM CST
Topics: [Fayette County]

The Herald-Leader considers the entertainment value of road and street projects in the Lexington area: Lexington Herald-Leader: Traffic 'art' has a few nice highlights (March 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky River Ferry is Kentucky’s Oldest Business
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:43AM CST

The Valley View Ferry across the Kentucky River where Madison, Fayette, and Jessamine Counties meet is Kentucky’s oldest business. It has been in operation since 1785. The ferry is privately owned; however, payments from the Transportation Cabinet keep the service free.

More information: The Lane Report: A Kentucky Ferry Tale (March 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
US 68 Yard Sale June 3-6
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:43AM CST

This summer will see an event known as “400 Miles of Antiques, Collectibles & Stuff” along nearly 400-miles of US 68 Kentucky. The event will be held June 3-6 and involve events along in 24 counties along US 68’s route.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: 400 miles of opportunity -- June event will bring thousands of visitors, dollars to Central Kentucky (March 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1973]
History of Ironworks Pike
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:42AM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader carried a short piece about the origin of Ironworks Pike’s name on Sunday: Lexington Herald-Leader: Ironworks Pike Once Led To A You-Guessed-It (March 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Fifteen Projects Moved from Six-Year Plan to “Unscheduled Needs” List
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:18AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [26 topics related to this item]

When the 2004 Recommended Six-Year Highway Plan was released Transportation Cabinet Secretary Maxwell Clay Bailey assured legislators that no projects had been removed the 2002 Six-Year Plan; however, the Courier-Journal has found that fifteen projects scheduled under the 2002 plan were moved to the unscheduled needs list in the new 2004 plan.

More information: Courier-Journal: 15 projects cut from road plan (March 3, 2004) [Outside Link], WKYT: 15 Kentucky Road Projects Cut Due To Budget Crisis (March 4, 2004) [Outside Link], Hardin County News Enterprise: State drops I-65 widening (March 5, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Paris Pike Special Treatment Not Feasible for All Projects
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:46AM CST

The Herald-Leader reports that the special treatment received by the Paris Pike widening project is not feasible for all projects. The project had been stopped by court injunctions and only allowed to proceed after the Transportation Cabinet developed a plan designed to preserve the historic nature of the corridor. This raised the price of the project considerably, and is the main reason why not all projects will receive similar treatment. The widening project cost around $4.5 million per mile, nearly twice the cost of similar projects in the state.

The award winning $93 million widening project between Lexington and Paris was completed during the week of Nov. 30, 2003.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: What Paris Pike has: money and power (Nov. 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Having Taken The High Road (Nov. 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Restructured Paris Pike getting good reviews for design (Nov. 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Bourbon County Down The Road (Dec. 1, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 922]
Neighborhood Will Be Razed to Make Room for Newtown Pike Extension
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 6:20PM CST

Part Davistown, one of Lexington's poorest neighborhoods, will be razed to make way for a 1.25-mile extension of Newtown Pike through downtown Lexington. Many of the houses in the neighborhood will be cleared to make way for a new housing development and park associated with the project. Current residents have been promised opportunities to live in the new housing development.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Neighborhood will be razed for road extension (Nov. 15, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Toll Road "Credits" to be Used to Fund LexTran and TARC
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 8:32AM CST

The commonwealth will use a provision of the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) to receive federal money to fund LexTran and TARC. The ISTEA allows states to use money spent constructing toll roads that are now part of the National Highway System to be used as credits to receive federal matching funds. Usually, states must match 20% of the federal money applied to highway and transit project; however, Kentucky will use credits accumulated through the construction of the Kentucky Turnpike and parkway system in place of the 20% state matching funds.

More information: KYTC Press Release: LexTran and TARC Public Transit Systems Receive Funding through Toll Road Monies (Nov. 12, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Fayette County Residents Complain of Light Pollution from New I-64 Lighting
Posted: 2-Nov-2003 11:46PM CST

Many residents of rural Fayette County have lodged complaints about new high-mast lights on I-64. The lights are said to be visible from two to three miles away.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Longing for the dark (Oct. 1, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Part of new Harrodsburg Road to Open
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:11AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [US 68]

Traffic on US 68 Harrodsburg Road in southern Fayette County will soon be switched to two new lanes. The project is expected to be completed next year.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Progress in widening Harrodsburg Road (Sept. 20, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Paris Pike Project Receives National Award
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:45AM CDT

The National Partnership for Highway Quality awarded its 2003 State Award to the team involved in the Paris Pike Reconstruction Project. Special care to preserve the character of the neighboring land was taken during the project to widen Paris Pike between Lexington and Paris.

More information: KYTC Press Release: Kentucky Highway Team Wins National Quality Award (Sept. 5, 2003) [Outside Link], Ohio Valley Roads: Paris Pike [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Kentucky Transportation Research Center Evaluates Traffic Information and Prediction System on I-64
Posted: 30-Aug-2003 7:17PM CDT

The University of Kentucky-based Kentucky Transportation Research Center is conducting a study of a system to provide drivers with up-to-the-minute information about traffic conditions through work zones on I-64 between Louisville and Lexington: KYTC Press Release: TIPS Helps Motorists Get through Highway Work Zones (Aug. 25, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Archaeological Dig Underway as Part of Scott County US 25 Expansion in Scott County
Posted: 14-Aug-2003 12:03AM CDT

Archaeologists are conducting investigations of several sites along US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown as preparation work for major widening of the road. Actual construction of the route is expected to begin in late 2006 or early 2007.

More information: Georgetown News-Graphic: Crew digs for Native American artifacts along U.S. 25 South (Aug. 13, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
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:

A few new images have been added to the KentuckyRoads.com - Miscellaneous Signs and KentuckyRoads.com - General Images galleries as well.

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[US 68]
US 68 Road Work in Fayette and Jessamine Counties
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:25PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a website covering the widening of Harrodsburg Road (US 68) in Fayette and Jessamine Counties at us68.ky.gov [Outside Link]. The site includes construction schedules, maps, and photographs.

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[US 27]
Lexington Summer Road Work Includes Modification to New Circle Road Nicholasville Road Exit
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:00AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [KY 4] [US 27]

A summer road project in Lexington will see the length of a ramp at New Circle Road and Nicholasville Road been extended by 850 feet and a new left-turn lane added.

More information: Herald-Leader: State plans to end gridlock on busy New Circle exit (May 30, 2003) [Outside Link], More Projects [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Paris Pike Project Wins Environmental Excellence Award
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:36AM CDT

The Paris Pike Project was one 12 projects chosen for an Environmental Excellence Award. The widening of the road was originally proposed in 1966; however, fears that the beauty of the road would be destroyed by widening delayed the project for years. The project follows the contours of the land, preserved trees along the road, and used wooden fences instead of traditional metal guardrails.

The project was also honored by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc, a not-for-profit group that advocated historic preservation in central Kentucky.

More information: Herald-Leader: Paris Pike Project Wins Award (Apr. 25, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Paris Pike Corridor Commission Wins Blue Grass Trust Preservation Award (June 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Lexington's Richmond Road Being Widened to Six Lanes
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT

1.3 miles of Richmond Road are being widened to six-lanes.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a website with information about the Richmond Road project at us25.ky.gov [Outside Link]. The site includes a construction schedule, maps of the project, and photographs relating to the project.

More information: Herald-Leader: Richmond Road work to begin Monday (Mar. 27, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-75]
Jessamine County Gains More Influence on Regional Transportation Panel; Wants to Study I-75 Connector
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:36AM CDT

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported in this January 28, 2003 article [Outside Link] that a proposed reorganization of Central Kentucky's only regional transportation-planning organization would give Jessamine County more influence over the panel. Jessamine County joined the organization in 1998 in the hoops of researching a connector route between Nicholasville and Interstate 75.

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[I-75]
Site Feature: I-75 Clay's Ferry Bridge Photos
Posted: 16-Jul-2003 9:29AM CDT

When the first part of this bridge opened in 1946 it was the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. Today it is still an engineering wonder; two parallel bridges were joined together by a third bridge to form one continuous roadway. On July 5, 2003, I took these pictures of the I-75's crossing of the Kentucky River: the Clay's Ferry Bridge.

South end of the bridge viewed from KY 2328.
South end of the bridge viewed from KY 2328.
Looking south from underneath the bridge.
Looking south from underneath the bridge.
The central span of the bridge, viewed from KY 2328.
The central span of the bridge, viewed from KY 2328.
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Federal Budget includes Money for Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 3-Mar-2003 10:37PM CST

The federal budget for 2002 includes money for several road projects in Kentucky. These projects include:

  • Planning for widening KY 101 in Edmonson County
  • Planning for the construction of an interchange with I-65 for the Kentucky Trimodal Transpark in Warren County
  • Right-of-way acquasiation and utility relocation for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project
  • Bridge rennovation in Lincoln County
  • Construction of a sound barrier on I-75 in Fayette County
  • Widening of I-75 to six lanes in Rockcastle County
  • Construction of the I-66 Northern By-pass of Somerset
  • Bridge replacement on Monticello Street in Somerset

More information: Daily News: Region lands more than $13 million in funds (Feb. 15, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Budget funds projects in area (Feb. 15, 2003) [Outside Link], Herald-Leader: Kentucky projects in federal budget bill (Feb. 15, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan Released
Posted: 15-Feb-2003 5:53AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan [Outside Link]. The plan covers possible upgrades to the entire length of Interstate 64 through the state.

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[I-64]
I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:18AM CST

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 [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Upcoming Public Meetings: US 51, US 460, US 421, US 119, I-75
Posted: 7-Sep-2002 12:48AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the following upcoming public meetings:

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[KY 922]
Officials Pledge Housing Will Be a Priority in Newtown Pike Extension
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 11:05PM CDT

Federal, state, and local officials have pledged that housing and community input will be taken into account during the planning and construction of an extension to Newtown Pike in downtown Lexington. 180 new homes will be constructed by non-profit agencies during the process of building the new road. The new 1.25 mile road is expected to open in 2007. The road will connect West Main Street to Patterson Street.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Clays Mill Road Widening
Posted: 1-Sep-2002 5:11AM CDT

A neighborhood group will present an alternative plan for reconstructing Clays Mill Road in Fayette County at a meeting on September 17. The time and place of the meeting has yet to be determined.

Plans exist to widen the road to three or five lanes. The crowded road is a residential corridor lined with schools and churches. Neighborhood groups oppose widening because they fear it will bring a great increase in traffic.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Lexington Herald-Leader Takes a Look at Traffic
Posted: 18-Aug-2002 11:00PM CDT

The Lexington Herald-Leader ran several articles discussing Lexington area traffic in their Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002. Among the articles was a look at the mayoral candidates' plans for congestion relief: the paper states that one candidate's plan may be impossible and the other's is already being implemented. Another article examines the work of the city's traffic signal systems manager who has recently been trying new traffic signal patterns on the city's highways. Another article attempts to answer frequently asked questions about traffic signals in Lexington, one article looks at how traffic on Man o' War Boulevard has developed since it opened in 1988, and a final article looks at the city's traffic television show.

According to one article, when Man o' War Boulevard opened in 1988 the 16.1 mile road had 11 stop lights and one flashing warning light. An Herald-Leader reporter was able to drive the road in 25 minutes. Now the road has 33 stop lights, and a drive from one end to the other took 30 minutes.

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[US 27]
Richmond Road in Lexington to be Widened
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:46AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [US 27]

Work expected to begin in August will add two additional to Richmond Road between New Circle Road and Eagle Creek Drive in Lexington. The project is expected to take until fall 2004 to complete. Traffic on the road is projected to reach 80,000 vehicles per day by 2022, nearly double the traffic that used the road in 1999.

More information: Herald-Leader: Wider Richmond Road on way (May 25, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Harrodsburg Road in Lexington to be Widened
Posted: 30-Jan-2002 2:27AM CST
Topics: [Fayette County] [US 68]

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that Harrodsburg Road (US 68) will be widened to four lanes beginning this summer. Work should be completed on the 3.4-mile section between Man o' War Boulevard and Brannon Road in late 2003 or early 2004.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
More Details on Transportation Spending Bill
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:28AM CST

After examining press releases from Congressman Fletcher [Outside Link] (no longer online) and Congressman Rogers [Outside Link], I have learned more specific details about what projects Kentucky's money in the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation spending bill has been allocated for:

  • $20 million for land acquisition and planning efforts for Interstate 66, with an additional $2.5 million provided for ongoing design efforts of I-66 in Pike County.
  • $2 million for a new initiative at the University of Kentucky. The Academy for Community Transportation Innovation will educate professionals and study transportation development, planning and design of suburban and rural areas.
  • $2 million to help Kentucky establish a statewide clearinghouse for public travel information.
  • $2 million for a project to provide traffic information through a universal telephone number (5-1-1). The pilot project will build a first generation 511 call center in Kentucky that could become a national resource for traffic information.
  • $15.5 million for bus and bus facility needs across Kentucky.
  • $1.5 million for preliminary work on a project to straighten a dangerous section of the Daniel Boone Parkway in Leslie County between mileposts 37 and 44
  • $4 million for improved access to the Parkway from the new Clay/Leslie County Industrial Park
  • $2 million for continued work on a project to improve US 25N in Rockcastle County to provide for increased traffic at the new Country Music Hall of Fame
  • $1.4 million to improve Cold Hill Road, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County
  • $995,000 to improve a stretch of Craigs Creek Road on U.S. Forest Service land in Laurel County
  • $885,000 for improvements to Kentucky’s Scenic Byways, including the Country Music Highway, the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway and the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway.
  • $800,000 for the design phase of a 4-lane project on a section of US 27 south of Somerset to Burnside Island.
  • $500,000 to widen Leestown Road in Lexington.
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
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 [Outside Link] has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.

Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:

  • $2,000,000 for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) providing Eastern Kentucky rural highway information,
  • $750,000 for an ITS for Lexington,
  • $2,000,000 for a statewide transportation operations center,
  • the corridors for I-66 and I-69 have been redefined: I-66 is now defined to use the Nunn Cumberland Parkway and I-69 is now defined to use the Carrol Purchase Parkway,
  • Kentucky may now post signs saying "Future I-69" on the Purchase Parkway and "Future I-66" in the Cumberland Parkway,
  • $4,000,000 for to help access to an industrial park in Clay and Leslie counties,
  • $50,000 for work on Kentucky 55,
  • $1,600,000 for work on Kentucky 192 in McCreary county,
  • $1,000,000 for improvements to the intersection at the end of Grover Carey Bridge in Owensboro,
  • $250,000 for work on Kentucky 61 in Green county,
  • $300,000 for work on Kentucky 92 in Whitley county,
  • $20,000,000 for I-66 (I believe this is the Somerset-London segment.),
  • $2,500,000 for I-66 in Pike County,
  • $320,000 for work on KY 1848 between I-64 and US 60,
  • $1,000,000 for the Monticello Street underpass in Somerset,
  • $1,000,000 for work on the Pennyrile Parkway (I believe this is for the southern extension to I-24),
  • $1,500,000 for work on Stone Coal Road in Johnson county,
  • $2,000,000 for work on US 25 near Renfro Valley,
  • $5,000,000 for work on US 27 between Somerset and KY 70,
  • $80,000 for work on US 27 near Burnside,
  • $850,000 for work on US 431 near Lewisburg,
  • $500,000 for right-of-way for US 60 in Henderson County,
  • $100,000 for work on US 41A,
  • $50,00 for Estill County bypass lighting around Irvine,
  • $300,000 for Estill County industrial park access road,
  • $400,000 for Fegenbush Lane Bridge at Fern Creek,
  • $1,000,000 for Henderson riverfront project,
  • $1,000,000 for engineering work on Kentucky 61 from Kentucky 487 to Columbia,
  • $800,000 for Johnstown Road,
  • $2,350,000 for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for Regional Trail Improvements,
  • $1,000,000 for improved access to Louisville's water front park,
  • $600,000 for median on US 42 from Harrods Creek to River Road,
  • $1,800,000 for Owensboro Riverfront redevelopment project,
  • $42,600 for Park City sidewalks,
  • $2,000,000 for Somerset downtown revitalization,
  • $6,600,000 for Southern bypass around the southwestern portion of Somerset,
  • $125,000 for Vine Grove sidewalks,
  • $2,000,000 for Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge,
  • $1,400,000 for Cold Hill Road,
  • $995,000 for Craigs Creek Road,
  • $1,500,000 for Daniel Boone Parkway between mileposts 37 and 44,
  • $2,000,000 for Brent Spence Bridge replacement I-75 and I-71 near Cincinnati,
  • $375,000 for work at I-75 Exit 11,
  • $2,500,000 for Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project,
  • $885,000 for Kentucky Scenic byways (Country Music Highway, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway),
  • $30,000,000 for work Appalachian Development Highway System,
  • $4,534,000 for the Kentucky Transportation Department to provide buses, vans, cutaways, and bus facilities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
  • $1,500,000 for Big South Fork Scenic Railroad enhancement project, and
  • $5,000,000 for Southern Kentucky Intermodal Transportation Park.

Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.

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[US 27]
Work on Final Section of Paris Pike Begins
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:12AM CST

According to this KYTC press release [Outside Link], work has begun to the last section of the new four lane Paris Pike connecting Lexington and Paris. This road is US 27 and US 68 and should be completed by November 2003.

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[KY 4]
KYTC Studies Upgrades to Lexington's New Circle Road
Posted: 8-Oct-2001 5:11PM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [KY 4]

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this October 8, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that the KYTC has formed a focus group to study upgrades to the northeast portion of New Circle Road (KY 4) in Lexington. The ideas for upgrades include upgrading the road to a freeway or just eliminating a few traffic lights.

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[I-64]
New Lanes to be Added to I-64 near Lexington
Posted: 23-Aug-2001 12:22AM CDT

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports today in this article [Outside Link] that new lanes are being added to I-64 east of Lexington.

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