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[I-75]
Cincinnati Area Planners Focus on I-75
Posted: 31-Jan-2002 10:18PM CST

According to this article [Outside Link], planners in the Cincinnati area are studying possible improvements to the I-75 corridor. I-75 is considered to be the most heavily traveled truck route in North America.

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[KY 1303]
Turkeyfoot Road (KY 1303) Work to Begin in March
Posted: 31-Jan-2002 10:09PM CST

This Cincinnati Enquirer article [Outside Link] reports that work will begin on improving a short section of KY 1303 in Kenton County this March.

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[New Route]
Public Meeting: New Grayson I-64 Connector
Posted: 30-Jan-2002 2:34AM CST

The KYTC will be holding a public meeting on February 25, 2002 to discuss a possible new connector to I-64 northeast of Grayson. For more information, see here [Outside Link].

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[US 68]
Harrodsburg Road in Lexington to be Widened
Posted: 30-Jan-2002 2:27AM CST
Topics: [Fayette County] [US 68]

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that Harrodsburg Road (US 68) will be widened to four lanes beginning this summer. Work should be completed on the 3.4-mile section between Man o' War Boulevard and Brannon Road in late 2003 or early 2004.

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[US 25]
Planners Seek to Improve US 25 in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 23-Jan-2002 4:19PM CST
Topics: [Kenton County] [US 25]

According to this Kentucky Post article [Outside Link], county officials, planners, and engineers are seeking to make improvements to US 25 Dixie Highway in Northern Kentucky. They call it Kenton County's most pressing road need. Dixie Highways runs parallel to I-75, and traffic is increasingly shifting from I-75 to Dixie Highway. Plans have been around for nearly 20 years to improve the road.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Prestonsburg Bridge to be Demolished
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 11:02PM CST

The January 16th, 2002 edition of the Floyd County Times [Outside Link] (no longer online) has a picture with a short caption about the demolition of the Town Branch Bridge in Prestonsburg. KYTC engineers are inspecting the bridge to determine how best to destroy it. (The image will disappear from the site soon.)

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[New Route]
Glasgow Outer Loop Ground Breaking Set for Jan. 25
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:51PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the Glasgow Outer Loop on Friday, Jan. 25 at 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the Highland 7 Cinemas on Ky. 90. The loop will be around the northern side of the city and connect to the Louis B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway (future Interstate 66) east and west of the city.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ironton-Russell Bridge over Ohio River will Close if Temperatures Drop Too Low
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:25PM CST

The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this article [Outside Link] that ODOT will close the Ironton-Russell Bridge between Ironton, OH and Russell, KY will be closed if temperatures drop to around 5 degrees below zero. This is due to concerns about the steel structure of the bridge. The University of Cincinnati has been conducting tests on the 80-year-old structure since 1999.

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[KY 1120]
Licking River Bridge Won't Be Renamed
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:01PM CST

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the new Licking River bridge won't be renamed [Outside Link]. Northern Kentucky lawmakers had been seeking to rename the new bridge in honor Alvin C. Poweleit, a local doctor and World War II hero. The KYTC recently named the bridge in honor of local Girl Scouts.

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[KY 1120]
Northern Kentucky Politicians Seeking to Rename Girl Scout Bridge
Posted: 16-Jan-2002 7:14PM CST

The new Licking River Bridge between Covington and Newport has only recently been named in honor of local Girl Scouts; however, a group of Northern Kentucky politicians are seeking to have the bridge renamed in honor of the late Dr. Alvin C. Poweleit, a family physician from Newport and World War II hero. More details can be found in this Cincinnati Enquirer article [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
More Details on Transportation Spending Bill
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:28AM CST

After examining press releases from Congressman Fletcher [Outside Link] (no longer online) and Congressman Rogers [Outside Link], I have learned more specific details about what projects Kentucky's money in the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation spending bill has been allocated for:

  • $20 million for land acquisition and planning efforts for Interstate 66, with an additional $2.5 million provided for ongoing design efforts of I-66 in Pike County.
  • $2 million for a new initiative at the University of Kentucky. The Academy for Community Transportation Innovation will educate professionals and study transportation development, planning and design of suburban and rural areas.
  • $2 million to help Kentucky establish a statewide clearinghouse for public travel information.
  • $2 million for a project to provide traffic information through a universal telephone number (5-1-1). The pilot project will build a first generation 511 call center in Kentucky that could become a national resource for traffic information.
  • $15.5 million for bus and bus facility needs across Kentucky.
  • $1.5 million for preliminary work on a project to straighten a dangerous section of the Daniel Boone Parkway in Leslie County between mileposts 37 and 44
  • $4 million for improved access to the Parkway from the new Clay/Leslie County Industrial Park
  • $2 million for continued work on a project to improve US 25N in Rockcastle County to provide for increased traffic at the new Country Music Hall of Fame
  • $1.4 million to improve Cold Hill Road, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County
  • $995,000 to improve a stretch of Craigs Creek Road on U.S. Forest Service land in Laurel County
  • $885,000 for improvements to Kentucky’s Scenic Byways, including the Country Music Highway, the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway and the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway.
  • $800,000 for the design phase of a 4-lane project on a section of US 27 south of Somerset to Burnside Island.
  • $500,000 to widen Leestown Road in Lexington.
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[KY 55]
$500,000 Allocated for Heartland Parkway Study
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:23AM CST

The 2002 federal transportation spending bill includes $500,000 for the study of a proposed Heartland Parkway in Taylor, Marion, Washington and Green counties. Despite its name, this road will probably not be a toll road as my understanding is that federal law prohibits the placing of tolls on any road on which federal money has been spent. Instead, if built, this route would probably be a four lane reconstruction of KY 55. The proposed road would connect to the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway near Columbia and the Blue Grass Parkway near Springfield. More details can be found here [Outside Link], here [Outside Link], and here [Outside Link] (no longer online).

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[KY 3393]
Morganfield Bypass Opens
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 12:30AM CST
Topics: [KY 3393] [Union County] [US 60]

According to this Union County Advocate article [Outside Link], the new Morganfield Bypass is now open. KY 3393 is a two lane road that bypasses the downtown section of Morganfield. The bypass begins at US 60 East of Morganfield and then crosses the Beaver Dam Road, KY 56 East, US 60 West, KY 130 and ends at KY 56 West and has officially been named the "Sam M. McElroy Jr. Expressway."

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[US 60]
Planning Study for Improvements to US 60 in Ballard and McCracken Counties
Posted: 12-Jan-2002 12:53AM CST

The KYTC Planning website has been updated with materials for a planning study [Outside Link]to look at improvements to US 60 at the Ballard-McCracken County line.

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[US 60]
Sharp Curves on US 60 in Henderson County to be Fixed
Posted: 12-Jan-2002 12:42AM CST

According to this Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article [Outside Link] (no longer online) a pair of sharp curves at railroad grade crossings in Henderson County on US 60 will be straightened this year. The project will take about 10 months to complete. The two 90 degree curves will be replaced by a bridge over the railroad and two sweeping curves.

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[US 27]
US 27 Route Decision in Garrard County Nears
Posted: 12-Jan-2002 12:30AM CST
Topics: [Garrard County] [US 27]

This Danville Advocate-Messenger article [Outside Link] (no longer online) reports that the KYTC is nearing a decision on a route for US 27 reconstruction in Garrard County. Some citizens are concerned about the impact the new route might have on a historic site in the area. US 27 is to be reconstructed as a four lane highway from the Kentucky River to KY 34.

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[KY 259]
KYTC May Connect Brownsville and Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway
Posted: 11-Jan-2002 2:38AM CST

According to this June 18, 2001 article [Outside Link] from the Bowling Green Daily News the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has considered reconstructing KY 259 from the current I-65 and Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway to the intersection of KY 259 and KY 101 near Brownsville. A public meeting on this issue was held in July of 2001. An early report on the proposal can be found here [Outside Link]. This project is in the same area as the proposed I-66.

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[US 460]
Wolfpit Interchange Eliminated from Plans for New US 460 in Pike County
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 7:24PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

According to US460Online.com [Outside Link] (a KYTC website for the project) a proposed interchange at Wolfpit has been eliminated from plans for US 460 in Pike County. This will reduce the cost of the project and reduce the number of families which must be relocated. Right of way acquisition is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
2002 Official Highway Map Released
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:29PM CST

The Division of Planning's 2002 Official Highway Map can now be downloaded from here [Outside Link]. The map now indicated the proposed corridors for Interstate 66 and Interstate 69.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Planning Studies Released
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:27PM CST

A number of new planning studies have been released including a new connector near Grayson in Carter County [Outside Link], reconstruction of US 27 in Garrard and Lincoln Counties [Outside Link], reconstruction of KY 101 in Warren County [Outside Link], reconstruction of KY 90 in Barren County [Outside Link], and reconstruction of US 25 in Boone County [Outside Link].

Update: The KYTC has also launched two new websites devoted to particular projects: KY52.com [Outside Link] for improvements to KY 52 in Garrard and Madison counties and E2RC.com [Outside Link] for information about the Elizabethtown-Radcliff Connector.

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[KY 1120]
New Licking River Bridge Named in Honor of Girl Scouts
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:20PM CST

The new bridge over the Licking River between Covington and Newport locally known as the "Short Way" bridge has been named in honor of the local Girl Scout council. More information can be found in this press release [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Ready for Winter
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:15PM CST

This press release [Outside Link] details the transportation cabinet's preparation for winter weather. Kentucky has a toll free road information telephone number at 1-800-4KY-ROADS.

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[I-65]
Road Work Progresses in Warren County
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:12PM CST

This Bowling Green Daily News article [Outside Link] reports that work is progressing on several road projects in Warren County. Work is expected to finish early on a project to widen I-65 to six lanes between Oakland and the Barren River. Work on I-65 between the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and Oakland is expected to begin this spring. Work is also on schedule on rebuilding Scottsville Road (US 231) between Bowling Green and Alvaton. Eventually US 231 will be widened to four lanes between Bowling Green and Scottsville. Work on a new interchange between I-65 and KY 234 has slowed for the winter. Also work on the Natcher Parkway is expected to begin soon. The interchange between the Natcher Parkway and I-65 will be reconstructed south of its current location.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Regroups After Scandals
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 6:03PM CST

This Courier-Journal article [Outside Link] reports that Transportation Secretary James Codell has called for am "internal process audit" to determine what the transport cabinet has done wrong after recent scandals involving bridge inspections, fraud in a minority business program, and problems in the driver's licenses office.

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[I-265]
City of Prospect Dislikes All Eastern Bridge Alternatives
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 5:55PM CST

This Courier-Journal article [Outside Link] reports that the city of Prospect dislikes all alternatives for an eastern bridge over the Ohio River in Jefferson County. Their favorite of the alternatives, however, is the alternative that bypasses Prospect. The Prospect city council claims that several proposed routes would make sections of the town uninhabitable.

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[KY 1747]
Hurstbourne Parkway Extension Construction to Begin in May
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 5:50PM CST

The Courier-Journal reports in this article [Outside Link] that a 3.3 extension to Hurstbourne Parkway will begin in May. The road will be extended from Bardstown Road to Fern Valley Road in Jefferson County. A gas pipeline has to be moved to allow for construction.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Number of Vehicle, Elk Collisions Increase
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 5:33PM CST

This Courier-Journal reports [Outside Link] that the number of collisions between vehicles and elks is increasing on Kentucky's highways. Elk were reintroduced into Kentucky in 1997 and in 2000 there were around 30 reported collisions with elk on Kentucky's roadways.

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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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