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November 2001

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

[I-264]
KYTC Reviews Sound Barrier Policy
Posted: 26-Nov-2001 9:42PM CST

This article [Outside Link] (no longer online) from MyInKy.com reports that the KYTC is reviewing its policy on placing sound barriers. The KYTC has a policy against erecting sound barriers after a road project is completed; however, requests by Upper Highlands Neighborhood Association's along Louisville's Watterson Expressway have them reviewing the policy. A study funded by the Louisville Board of Aldermen found that the noise is so loud that conversations could not be carried on outside.

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[US 31W]
KYTC To Hold Open House about US 31W
Posted: 26-Nov-2001 9:31PM CST
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

The Daily News reports in this Nov. 26, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the KYTC has scheduled an open house for Tuesday Nov. 27 to discuss improvements to US 31W south of Natcher Parkway in Warren County.

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[New Route]
Spencer County Public Meeting
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:53PM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has released materials from a public meeting [Outside Link] in Taylorsville concerning a new connector from KY 44 to KY 55.

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[I-66]
KYTC Releases Fall I-66 Newsletter
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:49PM CST

The Interstate 66 web site [Outside Link] now has the Fall 2001 Newsletter [Outside Link] (PDF format) detailing progress on plans for the Pike County segment of I-66.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
State Budget Cuts May Affect Road Work
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:44PM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] (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.

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[US 60]
US 60 Work in Owensboro Won't be Complete until Mid-December
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:38PM CST
Topics: [Daviess County] [US 60]

The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] (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.

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[US 31W]
Upgrades to US 31W in Bowling Green Being Studied
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:30PM CST
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

The Daily News reports in this article [Outside Link] that KYTC met with city and county leaders and local residents to discuss improvements to US 31W south of the Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green. That stretch of roads is mostly two lane and has seen considerable industrial growth in recent years resulting in congested traffic.

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[KY 234]
KY 234 Work on Schedule in Bowling Green
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:17PM CST

The Daily News reports in this article [Outside Link] that work is progressing will on KY 234 Cemetery Road in Bowling Green. The road is being widened to five lanes from its intersection with US 31W to just past I-65. A new interchange is being constructed at I-65, and much of the widened road is being built on a new right-of-way north of the current route.

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[KY 101]
New Section of KY 101 Opens near Brownsville
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:06PM CST

The Daily News reports in this article [Outside Link] that a new section of KY 101 and KY 259 will open this Tuesday, November 27. The 3.9 mile section of road connects Brownsville and Rhoda.

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[KY 2541]
One-lane Bridge into Greenup to be Replaced
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:53PM CST

This Ashland Daily Independent article [Outside Link] reports that the KYTC is seeking to replace a one lane bridge over Little Sandy into Greenup. Several public meetings have been held and work is expected to begin in late 2002 or early 2003.

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[I-69]
Summary of I-69 Proposals
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:35PM CST
Topics: [Interstate 69]

This Courier-Journal article [Outside Link] provides a summary of engineering work being done to decide a route for the future extension of I-69. The article summarizes the history of the proposed route and information about work being done for I-69 in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.

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[I-64]
$5.3 Million Bonus for I-64 Draws Criticism
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:27PM CST

According to this Courier-Journal article [Outside Link], a $5.3 million bonus awarded to Gohmann Asphalt and Construction for finishing work in I-64 in Jefferson County has drawn criticism for being so large. It is the largest bonus that the KYTC can remember being awarded, and it appears that bonuses for early completion will be smaller in the future.

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[New Route]
Indiana Bridges for Sale
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:20PM CST
Topics: [Other Routes]

In non-Kentucky news, the Indiana Department of Transportation is selling several historic bridges [Outside Link] online.

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[I-471]
Billboards to be Placed Along I-471
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 2:08PM CST

According to this Cincinnati Enquirer article [Outside Link], I-471 in Newport will be receiving its first billboards. The city agreed to allow the billboards after requesting billboards to be removed from other areas.

BTW: This is KentuckyRoads.com 100th news item.

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[I-65]
Study of New Louisville Area Bridges Released
Posted: 9-Nov-2001 7:45PM CST

The long awaited Draft Environmental Impact Study of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge Project is complete. The study details several options for recommended improvements, including the no build option, several options for downtown bridge, options for new bridge in eastern Jefferson County, and options considering the effect of two new bridges. A number of public meetings and open houses [Outside Link] have been scheduled. The DEIS can be found here [Outside Link] and articles about the DEIS from the Courier-Journal can be found here [Outside Link].

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[US 27]
Historic Site Causes Delays on Choosing New Route for US 27 in Garrard County
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 10:52PM CST
Topics: [Garrard County] [US 27]

Slow going research into the site of Camp Dick Robinson, a Civil War encampment, have delayed the choice of a route for a new four lane US 27 between KY 34 and the Kentucky River for over a year. The Danville Advocate-Messenger has three items about the delay: an editorial blasting the historic preservation as excessive [Outside Link] (no longer online), an article detailing the site and the progress of the study [Outside Link] (no longer online), and an article about the effect of the late decision on local businesses [Outside Link] (no longer online).

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[Purchase Parkway]
Purchase Parkway Named for Gov. Carroll
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 10:26PM CST

As previously mentioned on KentuckyRoads.com, the Purchase Parkway has renamed in honor of former governor Julian Carroll. This article [Outside Link] in the Marshall County Tribune-Courier reports that the parkway is now known as the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway. The article includes a history of the parkway and a quote from my next-door neighbor (literally) the state highway engineer, J.M. "Mac" Yowell, who says "(he looks) forward to when this parkway is part of (Interstate) 69.

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[Pennyrile Parkway]
Extension to Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Moving Forward
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 7:50PM CST

In a bit of old news, this June 28, 2001 article [Outside Link] in Hopkinsville's Kentucky New Era reports that recently approved funding means that the KYTC will be able to move ahead on right-of-way purchases for an extension of the Pennyrile Parkway from Hopkinsville to I-24.

Update 3:56pm Nov. 8: Here is a Jan. 31, 2001 article [Outside Link] about the extension to the parkway.

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[I-69]
Plans for I-69 and Wildlife Refuge Could Collide
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 6:12PM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this Nov. 8, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that plans for a wildlife refuge in Henderson County might interfere with proposed paths for I-69 between Henderson and Evansville.

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[William H. Natcher Parkway]
Residents Ask for Noise Reduction from Parkway
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 2:39AM CST

According to this article [Outside Link] in the Bowling Green Daily News residents of the Hunting Creek neighborhood of Bowling Green, which was built after the parkway, are asking the KYTC to take measures to reduce noise coming from the nearby William H. Natcher parkway.

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[New Route]
Henderson Magistrate Proposes New Route
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 2:33AM CST

The Henderson Gleaner reports in this Nov. 7, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that a Henderson county magistrate is asking the KYTC to consider building a new route through Henderson to relieve traffic from the US 41 and US 60 interchange.

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[I-69]
Proposed I-69 Routes to be Discussed
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 2:26AM CST

The Union County Advocate reports in this Nov. 7, 2001 article [Outside Link] reports that the proposed Interstate 69 route across the Ohio River into Kentucky will be discussed at a public hearing set for next Thursday, November 15 at South Middle School's gym in Henderson.

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[New Route]
KYTC Studies New Route between Radcliff and Elizabethtown
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 12:14AM CST

Materials concerning a planning study [Outside Link] of a new connector between Radcliff and Elizabethtown have been posted on the KYTC website.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky Launches Online Vehicle Registration Renewal
Posted: 7-Nov-2001 6:02AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched an online service that allows Kentucky citizens to renew their motor vehicle registration online. Details can be found in this press release [Outside Link]. The site itself is at www.kyrenew.com/ [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Second Lawsuit Filed over Kennedy Bridge Work
Posted: 4-Nov-2001 5:53AM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article [Outside Link] that a second lawsuit has been filed over alleged illegal activity regarding inspection of the Kennedy Bridge. In this lawsuit, a KYTC employee claims he was demoted after reporting that state inspectors were falsifying records, getting kickbacks from a supplier and soliciting bribes from contractors.

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[US 41]
Henderson Bypass Renovation Years Away
Posted: 1-Nov-2001 2:51AM CST

According to this Oct. 31, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) on MyInKy.com, a renovation of the Henderson bypass (which is part of US 41 and the Pennyrile Parkway) is still years away. The road was built in the 1960s and is beginning to show its age.

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[I-69]
I-69 Construction Still Six to Ten Years Away
Posted: 1-Nov-2001 2:39AM CST

This Oct. 31, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) reports that a Kentucky Department of Highways official told the Henderson Lions Club that construction on I-69 is still six to ten years away. It also reports that no final route for I-69 in Kentucky has been announced and that construction of an Ohio River crossing could take more than five years to complete.

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