The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from August 2001. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.
KYTC Seeks Home for Historic Bridge
Posted: 31-Aug-2001 7:41PM CDT
According to this Aug. 31, 2001 article in the Ashland Daily-Independent, the KYTC is looking for a new home for a historic bridge. The bridge, built in 1922, currently carries KY 1947 over Barrett's Creek near Grayson. It is scheduled to be replaced; however, the KYTC is hoping to give the bridge to a local government or group so that that will not have to be destroyed.
More on Natcher Parkway Landslide
Posted: 30-Aug-2001 7:28PM CDT
Bowling Green's Daily News reports more about the landslide on the Natcher Parkway in this August 30, 2001 article . This article includes a picture of the collapsed area. Part of the southbound land has collapsed. The KYTC expects that it will cost over $1 million to repair the damage and that construction will not begin for several months.
I-64 in Louisville Will Remain Closed on Labor Day
Posted: 30-Aug-2001 3:35PM CDT
The Courier-Journal reports in this August 30, 2001 article that I-64 in east Louisville will remain closed on Labor Day. This is part of the weekend closings to repave and refurbish the Cochran Hill Tunnels.
Plans Under Way for KY 348 Widening in Benton
Posted: 30-Aug-2001 4:16AM CDT
The Benton Tribune-Courier reports in this August 29, 2001 article that pre-construction work has begun on widening KY 348 from the Jackson Purchase Parkway to US 641 in Benton. Construction is schedules for 2004, but may be moved to 2003.
Natcher Parkway Landslide Forces Closure
Posted: 30-Aug-2001 2:59AM CDT
The Bowling Green Daily News reports in this August 29, 2001 article that a landslide at mile point 30.5 on the Natcher Parkway has forced a temporary closure of the southbound lanes. Southbound traffic must exit at Exit 34 and rejoin the parkway at Exit 27. Median crossovers are expected to be constructed soon, but there is no word on when the landslide will be fixed.
Residents Get First Look at Plans for New US 60 Bridge Over Tennessee River
Posted: 29-Aug-2001 2:54PM CDT
WPSD NewsChannel 6 reports in this August 29, 2001 article that residents of Reidland got their first look at plans for a new bridge over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston Counties, and they are not happy with it. Many residents feel that it would destroy the small town.
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.
I-64 Work in Louisville May Finish Early
Posted: 25-Aug-2001 3:23PM CDT
The Courier-Journal reports in this August 25, 2001 article that due to good weather work on I-64 in Louisville may finish weeks early.
Delays Plague work on KY 17 in Kenton County
Posted: 25-Aug-2001 3:20PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 24, 2001 article that delays related to a new bridge may delay the opening of the new KY 17 until next year.
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 that new lanes are being added to I-64 east of Lexington.
Materials from US 60 Public Meeting in Ballard County
Posted: 22-Aug-2001 1:46AM CDT
The KYTC has posted these materials for an upcoming public meeting regarding the reconstruction of US 60 in Ballard County. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2001.
Cumberland Gap Restoration
Posted: 22-Aug-2001 1:42AM CDT
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports more about the Cumberland Gap restoration project in this August 21, 2001 article (no longer online).
Site Feature: New I-65 Construction Pictures
Posted: 19-Aug-2001 6:30PM CDT
Forty-six new images have been added of I-65 Construction. These images show scrap I-beams that are going to be used to construct pedestrian bridges and images from several bridges and overpasses along I-65.
Most Recent Alignment Maps of I-66 in Pike County Posted
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 11:27PM CDT
The KYTC has posted the most recent maps of the proposed alignment of I-66 in Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo County, West Virginia. They are available here . A questionnaire can also be downloaded from the same page.
US 641 Widening in Calloway County
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 11:23PM CDT
The KYTC has posted materials from a public meeting about the proposed widening of US 641 south of Murray. Materials include details on alternate proposals, cost estimates, a questionnaire, and environmental study map.
Old Cumberland Gap Road Being Removed
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:32AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 14, 2001 article (no longer online) that work has begun to remove all traces of the old US 25E through Cumberland Gap. The plans are to restore the area to how it would have looked in 1780. US 25E now travels through the Cumberland Gap tunnel which opened in 1996.
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.
I-64/US-23 Interchange to be Reconfigured
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:14AM CDT
The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this August 14, 2001 article that changes will be made at the US 23 and I-64 interchange to alleviate congestion caused by coal trucks.
Work at I-75 and I-275 Interchange to Close Ramp
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:10AM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 15, 2001 article that work on the I-75/I-71 and I-275 interchange will cause the temporary closing of a ramp.
I-64's Cochran Hill Tunnels will be dark
Posted: 13-Aug-2001 3:36PM CDT
The lights in the Cochran Hill Tunnels on I-64 in Louisville will be off for the next few weeks. The Courier-Journal reports in this August 13, 2001 article that they are being replaced as part of the repaving work on I-64.
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.
I-64 Work in Louisville off with a Bang
Posted: 12-Aug-2001 7:07PM CDT
The Courier-Journal reports in this August 12, 2001 article about the first weekend closing of I-64 for repaving work. They report that there were no delays along the detour routes and describe how the new pavement is designed to reduce traffic noise.
An Unusual Gift: Dismantled I-65 Bridge
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 11:36PM CDT
According to this August 10, 2001 article from the Bowling Green Daily News, Western Kentucky University will receive an unusual gift from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: scrap I-beams from two bridges over the Barren River that are being dismantled. The I-beams will be used to build a pedestrian walkway to a new parking lot on the University's campus.
Group to Fight Proposed Connector in Morehead
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 5:13PM CDT
The Ashland Daily Independent reported in this August 9, 2001 article that a group in Morehead plans to fight a proposed I-64 connector there. The connector would help to alleviate traffic in Morehead; however, the citizens are considered that it would adversely affect the environment.
Thanks to Sherman Cahal for pointing out this article.
Site Feature: New I-65 Construction Pictures
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 3:11PM CDT
Two new pictures have been added to the I-65 Construction feature. They show the north bound view of the construction north of Exit 28 in Warren County.
I-71 Construction Cleared for Speedway
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 2:51PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 10, 2001 article that repaving work along I-71 in Gallatin County has been suspended for the weekend to allow fans easy access to the Kentucky Speedway for the Belterra Casino Indy 300 on Sunday August 12.
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.
Completion of KY 17 Expansion near Independence Expected to Bring Growth
Posted: 3-Aug-2001 4:12PM CDT
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this August 3, 2001 article that work on the KY 17 expansion project in Kenton county is near completion. When the project is completed, rapid growth is expected in this largely undeveloped area of Kenton county.
Site Feature: Glen Lily Road Overpass
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 8:29PM CDT
In 1973, an overpass over the William H. Natcher Parkway in Warren County was named "Most Beautiful Bridge" by the American Institute of Steel Construction. Click here to see photographs of the overpass taken on June 17, 2001.
Repaving to Close Part of I-64 in Louisville on Weekends
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 4:02PM CDT
The Courier-Journal (Louisville) reports in this August 2, 2001 article that I-64 from Grinstead Drive to the Watterson Expressway will be closed for 15 consecutive weekends starting on August 10th. During the closings the roadway will be repaved and the Cochran Hill Tunnel will be repaired. This is the first thorough repaving of the highway since it opened in 1970. Traffic will be routed around the closing on I-264 (Watterson Expressway) and I-71. A map of the project area is included.
Information on the project from the KYTC can be found here .
State Studying Feasibility of I-74 Outer Loop through Northern Kentucky
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 3:56AM CDT
Topics: [Bracken County] [Gallatin County] [Grant County] [Interstate 74] [Mason County] [Owen County] [Pendleton County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released this newsletter (PDF format) that discuss a feasibility study of an I-74 "Northern Kentucky Outer Loop" that could possibly serve Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Pendleton, Bracken and Mason counties.
State Plans to Reconstruct KY 11 in Lee and Owsley Counties
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 3:41AM CDT
The KYTC has released the KY 11 Intermediate Planning Study . The study provides information about the need for reconstruction of KY 11 in Lee and Owsley counties and provides estimated costs for the project.
State to Study Improvements to KY 884
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 3:31AM CDT
The Bowling Green Daily News reports in this July 27, 2001 article that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has begun studying possible improvements to KY 884 between US 231 and the Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green. Information on the planning study can be found here on the KYTC website.
Routes for I-66 Studied in Warren County
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 3:19AM CDT
Topics: [Barren County] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Edmonson County] [Interstate 66] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Warren County]
The Daily News (Bowling Green) reports in this July 12, 2001 article that a study has begun to designate a route for Interstate 66 between the Louie B. Nunn (Cumberland) Parkway and William H. Natcher Parkway. This route would be in the area of Warren, Edmonson, and Butler counties. The article also discusses the status of other parts of the I-66 project.
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.
I-71/I-75 Bridge Replacement Study May Start Early
Posted: 1-Aug-2001 9:57PM CDT
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 27, 2001 article that the U.S. Senate may approve a bill authorizing $2 million to begin a study on replacing Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in 2002. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been planning to start the study in 2006.
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