The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from December 2001. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.
Work on I-471 Bridge Complete
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:29PM CST
According to this article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, work on I-471 on both the Kentucky and Ohio sides is complete. All lanes of the road were reopened on Friday.
Ohio DOT Studying New Bridge at Russell, KY
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:57AM CST
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 has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.
Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:
Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.
Work on Final Section of Paris Pike Begins
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:12AM CST
According to this KYTC press release , 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.
Improvements to US 25 in Boone County Studied
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:08AM CST
The KYTC has released this information regarding a planning study for improvements to US 25 in Boone County.
Nine Possible Routes Picked for I-69 in Henderson and Evansville Area
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:01AM CST
Nine possible routes have been picked in the Evansville area according to this Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article (no longer online). The routes include routes using I-164 east of Evansville and new terrain routes west of Evansville. Some would like to see I-69 be built west of Evansville to relieve truck traffic from industrial areas along the Ohio River in Posey County.
Maps of the study areas can be found on www.i69in-ky.com .
Natcher Bridge on Track
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:55AM CST
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article that work on the Natcher Bridge is progressing well. Only three sections of the deck remain to placed, and they should be in place by the first of the year. The bridge and approaches are expected to be complete around the end of July.
$500,000 Allocated for US 60 West of Henderson
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:45AM CST
MyInKy.com reports in this article (no longer online) that recent legislation passed by both the U.S. House and Senate allocates $500,000 for right of way purchases for a widening project on US 60 just west of Henderson. Updated plans for the project will be shown to the public at a Kentucky Department of Highways open house from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the South Middle School gymnasium in Henderson.
Bowling Green Area Residents Support Improvements to US 31W
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:14AM CST
This Daily New article reports that community response to an open house concerning improvements US 31W south of Bowling Green was overwhelming positive. Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the KYTC’s Bowling Green office said, "the biggest complaint we’ve been getting is that it’s not getting done tomorrow."
I-66 Mostly Supported in South Central Kentucky
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:09AM CST
Topics: [Barren County] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Edmonson County] [Interstate 66] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Warren County]
This Daily News article reports that Bowling Green area residents mostly support I-66; however, there remains some concern about damage to the environment and farmland. Among the environmental concerns was the impact this road might have on the area's cave system. State officials expect that I-66 will make use of existing parkways in the region, and a new portion will be part of an outer loop around Bowling Green.
Effectiveness of Program to Help Minority Contractors Questioned
Posted: 5-Dec-2001 6:57AM CST
The Courier-Journal reports in this article that the effectiveness of a program meant to help minority business owners has come into question. The program is designed to help minority owned businesses by requiring that a certain percentage of road project subcontracts to be awarded to such businesses.
Update 12/7/01: Here is a Cincinnati Enquirer article about the program.
Bridge Inspector Indicted
Posted: 5-Dec-2001 6:50AM CST
Topics: [Interstate 65] [Jefferson County] [Kennedy Bridge Painting] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [The Ohio River]
According to this Courier-Journal article a federal grand jury in Louisville indicted Kevin Lee Earles, 41, on three counts of extortion for allegedly demanding bribes that totaled $18,000. Earles was a KYTC inspector for painting work being done on the Kennedy Bridge in Louisville. He reportedly told a painting-company executive that there was a ''history'' of making payments to inspectors.
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