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October 2001

The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from October 2001. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.

[I-64]
Environmentalists Attempting to Block New Morehead Connector
Posted: 29-Oct-2001 8:15PM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this Oct. 29, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that a group calling themselves Smart Progress is attempting to block the construction of a four lane connector between I-64 and US 60 near Morehead. The group is concerned that the road is not needed and will damage a recreation area in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

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[US 25E]
Five Year Anniversary of Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Posted: 25-Oct-2001 5:33PM CDT

This KYTC press release [Outside Link] commemorates the five year anniversary of the opening of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. The press release contains background information about the tunnel and several pictures of the tunnel.

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[I-65]
Suit Filed Regarding Kennedy Bridge Work
Posted: 25-Oct-2001 5:22PM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports in this Oct. 25, 2001 article [Outside Link] that a lawsuit has been filed claiming that KYTC officials and bridge inspectors solicited bribes regarding repainting work on the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River in Louisville.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Study Shows that Rural Two Lane Roads are More Dangerous than Highways
Posted: 24-Oct-2001 9:22PM CDT

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this Oct. 24, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that a study shows that rural roads in the Green River district of Kentucky are more dangerous than the four lane highways in the region.

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[New Route]
KYTC To Hold Public Meeting on New Connector in Spencer County
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:39PM CDT

The KYTC will be holding a public meeting in Spencer County to discuss a proposed connector [Outside Link] route between KY 44 and KY 55 near Taylorsville.

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[I-69]
I-69 Evansville-Henderson Public Meeting Planned
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:33PM CDT

The Henderson Gleaner reports in this Oct. 23, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that transportation officials from Indiana and Kentucky are planning a public meeting for November 15 to discuss possible routes for I-69 between Henderson and Evansville.

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[KY 884]
Information about KY 884 Planning in Warren County
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:53AM CDT

The KYTC has posted materials from an October 11 public meeting concerning KY 884 in Warren County [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Decision on Route for Owensboro Bypass Still Months Away
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:52AM CDT

According to this Messenger-Inquirer article [Outside Link] (no longer online), a decision on the route for a new eastern extension of the Owensboro Bypass is still months away.

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[US 60]
US 60 Bypass Work in Morganfield to Temporarily Close KY 56
Posted: 18-Oct-2001 4:04PM CDT
Topics: [Union County] [US 60]

The Union County Advocate reports in this article [Outside Link] that work on the new US 60 bypass will temporarily close KY 56. The bypass may open around December 1; however, work has been delayed by recent heavy rains.

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[I-265]
KYTC Studies Traffic Problems on Snyder Freeway
Posted: 17-Oct-2001 3:35PM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports in this Oct. 17, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the KYTC is going to study traffic problems on the Snyder Freeway (I-265), I-64, and Shelbyville Road (US 60) in eastern Jefferson County.

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[I-69]
Crittenden County Officials Ask KYTC to Route I-69 Along Ohio River
Posted: 16-Oct-2001 2:55PM CDT

The Evansville Courier and Press reports in this Oct. 16 article [Outside Link] that officials in Crittenden County are asking the KYTC to consider a route for I-69 along the Ohio River between Henderson and Paducah instead of a route using the Western Kentucky Parkway.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ohio River Bridge to be Converted for Pedestrian Traffic
Posted: 14-Oct-2001 6:54AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] that an old railroad bridge over the Ohio River near Newport which was converted to vehicle traffic has been closed and will be reopened as a pedestrian bridge.

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[New Route]
Glasgow Outer Loop Archaeological Dig Complete
Posted: 14-Oct-2001 6:47AM CDT

The Glasgow Daily Times reports in this article [Outside Link] that the Glasgow Outer Loop is one step closer to construction now that archaeological work along the proposed path is complete.

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[I-65]
Death Valley Safer Now
Posted: 14-Oct-2001 6:40AM CDT

The Bowling Green Daily News reports in this article [Outside Link] that a stretch of I-65 once known as "Death Valley" is safer now. Police claim this is because of increased police presence and that people are driving safer through the construction zone.

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[KY 884]
KYTC Plans Open House to Discuss Improvements to KY 884
Posted: 11-Oct-2001 7:22PM CDT

The Daily News of Bowling Green reports in this Oct. 10, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the KYTC is planning a day long open house to share information about planned improvements to KY 884 between US 231 and that Natcher Parkway in Warren County.

Update: The Daily News has a second article about the open house here [Outside Link].

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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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[KY 30]
KYTC Posts More Information from KY 30 Public Meetings
Posted: 5-Oct-2001 3:41PM CDT
Topics: [KY 30] [Owsley County]

The KYTC has released additional information [Outside Link] from public meetings about upgrading KY 30 near Tyner and Booneville. This information includes two questionnaires and a link to the scoping study.

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[US 60]
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 [Outside Link] (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.

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[I-69]
KYTC Highway Engineer Says I-69 Still Years Away
Posted: 4-Oct-2001 9:54PM CDT

The Gleaner (Henderson) reports in this October 4, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that an assistant state highway engineer told the Henderson Chamber of Commerce that very few decisions have been made. Among other things, he told the group that the Indiana Department of Transportation is taking the lead in choosing a route for I-69 between Evansville and Henderson. He pointed out that it still has not been decided whether the interstate should cross the Ohio River east or west of Evansville. He also said that while upgrading existing parkways to interstate standards remains an option for routing I-69 in Kentucky that is not the only option being considered. He said that the decisions will only be made after a period of public involvement.

As a side note, I once asked the KYTC if any of the parkways meet interstate standards and the response was that none of Kentucky's parkways meet interstate standards. Work would have to be done to any of the parkways that might be included as part of the eventual routing of I-69 and I-66.

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[I-69]
I-69, US 60 Discussion
Posted: 3-Oct-2001 8:21PM CDT

The Gleaner (Henderson) reports in this Oct. 3, 2001 piece [Outside Link] (no longer online) that state transportation engineers met today with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce about I-69 and US 60; however, there were no other details.

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[KY 163]
Tompkinsville Bypass Planning Study
Posted: 3-Oct-2001 8:19PM CDT

The KYTC has released information from a planning studying looking at a possible Tompkinsville Bypass [Outside Link].

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[I-64]
I-64 Project Finished
Posted: 2-Oct-2001 5:18AM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports in this Oct. 1, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the I-64 rehabilitation project in Louisville is finished. The project was completed several weeks earlier than projected, and the general contractor earned a $5 million bonus for the early finish.

I guess this means I won't have to report about this story anymore. :-)

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