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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Cleanup from Recent Storms Continues
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 11:09PM CST

The state is still cleaning up from recent ice and wind storms.

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[US 23]
US 23 found to be State’s Deadliest Road
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST

Records show that US 23 is the state’s deadliest roadway: Lexington Herald-Leader: Memorials every few miles on U.S. Highway 23 (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
KY 645 Meeting Notes
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:06PM CST

The Ashland Daily Independent reports that Carter County officials have high hopes for the proposed KY 645 extension following recent public meetings. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to complete a feasibility study to determine if KY 645 should be extended from its current terminus at US 23 to I-64 near Morehead.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Hopes high for Ky. 645 meeting (Dec. 17, 2004) [Outside Link], Morehead News: Second hearing held on KY 645 extension (Dec. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:08PM CST

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Nov. 29 through Dec. 16 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a series of the public meetings to discuss constructing a new route from the current terminus of KY 645 at US 23 near Ulysses in Lawrence County to I-64 between Morehead and the Industrial Parkway: 12-115.00 [Outside Link]

The cabinet will also hold a public meeting on December 9 to discuss the reconstruction of KY 536 in Kenton County: 6-162.00 [Outside Link]

Another meeting will be held on December 16 to discuss a proposed bypass of Columbia: 8-159.00 [Outside Link]

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[KY 3]
Lawrence County Again Refuses to Approve Renaming of Bridge
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT
Topics: [KY 3] [Lawrence County]

For the second time in two months, the Lawrence County Fiscal Court has rejected a motion to rename the KY 3 Levisa Fork bridge in honor of former Chief Justice of the United States Fred M. Vinson. The Louisa city council recently voted to support the renaming of the bridge; the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will make the final decision on whether or not to rename the bridge.

More information: Daily Independent: Court refuses again to endorse bridge name (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3]
Louisa Votes to Rename Bridge
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT
Topics: [KY 3] [Lawrence County]

The Louisa City Council voted last week to support the renaming of the Louisa-Fort Gay Bridge over the Big Sandy River in honor of Fred M. Vinson, the 13th chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Vinson was born in and is buried in Louisa. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet must now approve the proposal.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Louisa votes to rename bridge in honor of Vinson (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
KY 645 Extension Planning Still Active
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 1:24AM CDT

Planning continues for a proposed project to extend KY 645 from its current terminus at US 23 to I-64 near Morehead. No money has been allocated for construction of the project; however, a $500,000 feasibility study has been ongoing since 2002. The study will help determine whether such a route is needed and present preliminary alternatives for the route.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ky. 645 extension still on track (Oct. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Floods Ravage Eastern Kentucky Roads
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:28AM CDT

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) [Outside Link], Winchester Sun: Clark County included in request for disaster relief (June 8, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: It's good night to section of Huntley-Brinkley Road (June 15, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Cause of eastern Kentucky road's deterioration debated (June 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
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.

  • $118 million for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project. Some of this money will be raised by selling bonds that would be repaid when promised federal funding is allocated for the project.
  • $78 million for reconstruction of the Owensboro bypass to the east of its current alignment. This is meant to improve access to the William H. Natcher Bridge.
  • Widening of I-64 from Louisville to Shelbyville.
  • Widening of I-65 from the Tennessee State Line to Bowling Green.
  • Widening of I-75 in Scott and Grant counties.
  • Southern extensions of both the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and the William H. Natcher Parwkay.

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.

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[KY 3]
Boulder Blocks KY 3 in Lawrence County
Posted: 23-Jan-2004 9:10AM CST
Topics: [KY 3] [Lawrence County]

A rock fall blocked traffic on KY 3 in northern Lawrence County. Both lanes of traffic were closed while special equipment was used to break the boulder into smaller pieces for removal.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Boulder blocks stretch of Ky. 3 (Jan. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 32]
Approach to Yatesville Lake State Park to be Widened
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:32AM CST

Planning is underway to widen five miles of KY 32 between US 23 and Yatesville Lake State Park; however, construction is not expected to begin until 2007.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ky. 32 will be widened, straightened (Oct. 27, 2003) [Outside Link], Ashland Daily Independent: Reaction to Ky. 32 road project mixed (Oct. 29, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
Public Speaks Out About KY 645 Extension
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:08AM CDT

Public reaction to extending KY 645 from US 23 near Ulysses west to I-64 is mixed. Some claim it will cause environment havoc; others say it will improve the local economy.

More information: Daily Independent: Public speaks on 645 (June 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 32]
Winter Storms Damage Roads
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 7:30AM CDT

Winter storms and floods severely damaged several roads in Lawrence County.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Road woes remain - Crews to begin work on Ky. 32 (Mar. 11, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
KY 645 Regional Corridor Study
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 6:15AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has posted information a planning study [Outside Link] concerning extending KY 645 from US 23 near Ulysses to I-64

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[US 23]
KYTC Tests High-Tech Asphalt on US 23
Posted: 9-Jan-2002 6:12PM CST

The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this Dec. 30, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the KYTC is testing SMA asphalt on a stretch of US 23 in Boyd and Lawrence counties. SMA asphalt is an idea imported from Europe and is designed to handle heavy traffic and large trucks.

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