The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from April 2002. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.
Funding Restored for Parkway Extension
Posted: 27-Apr-2002 11:38PM CDT
Funding has been restored to build an extension of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway from its current terminus near Hopkinsville to I-24 south of Hopkinsville.
More information: Kentucky New Era: Parkway funds back (Apr. 24)
Corydon Residents Dislike US 60 Proposal
Posted: 27-Apr-2002 11:04PM CDT
Residents near Corydon dislike the state's preferred alternative for the widening of US 60 in western Henderson County. The Department of Highways has picked Alternative 3 for the project. This alternative closely follows the existing right-of-way of US 60 except for a bypass around Corydon. Residents are concerned that the highway will ruin their front yards, and eleven residences will be removed due to the extra right of way required by the widened highway.
The state's plans have been submitted to the Federal Highway Administration. If the plans are approved, right-of-way acquisition is planned to begin in 2005.
More information: MyInKy.com: Highway officials sticking with original U.S. 60 plan (Apr. 11) (no longer online), MyInKy.com: U.S. 60-West reversal unlikely (Apr. 12) (no longer online)
Natcher Bridge Work Enters Final Phase
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:48PM CDT
The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro is expected to open in late-July or early-August. Several tasks still remain to be completed: the construction of two foot-eight inch tall barrier walls on the outside edges of the bridge and down the center of the bridge, application of the final layer of concrete for the driving surface of the bridge, final tensioning of the cable stays, grouting of the cables, and painting of the steel undercarriage of the bridge. No date has been chosen for the grand opening of the bridge.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge construction enters final phase (April 14, 2002) (no longer online)
Owensboro Cary Bridge Approach Work Moving Ahead
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:42PM CDT
Owensboro's First Baptist Church has approved the sale of a house across the street from the Cary Bridge approach. This house will now be demolished to allow reconstruction of the interchange at the end of the Cary Bridge. The Cary Bridge is a two-lane bridge over the Ohio River. It carries US 231.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge approach on right track (April 11, 2002) (no longer online)
Lancaster Favors Western Bypass Route
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:33PM CDT
A KYTC study shows that residents of Lancaster overwhelming favor a US 27 by-pass to the west of the city. The US 27 project from KY 34 in Garrard County to US 150 in Lincoln County is in the planning phase. Support for a bypass around Stanford is not as a clear cut. The planning phase of the US 27 project is set to end in July. The design phase is expected to begin on October 1 and last until September of 2003. Environmental impacts of the proposed route will be studies during the design phase.
More information: Advocate-Messenger: Lancaster Favors Western Bypass Route (no longer online)
"Please Slow Down...My Dad Works Here!"
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:13PM CDT
Topics: [Commonwealth of Kentucky]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet started off the 2002 construction season by promoting their new work zone safety theme: "Please Slow Down...My Daddy Works Here"
Interstate 66 Public Meetings Held in Pike County
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:09PM CDT
Pennyrile Parkway Extension Funding Likely
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:05PM CDT
The Kentucky New Era reported on April 6 that State Senator Joey Pendleton believes that it is likely that funding will be restored for the extension of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to I-24.
Spaghetti Junction Redesign Could Threaten Butchertown
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 4:56PM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 264] [Interstate 265] [Interstate 64] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 71] [Jefferson County] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [The Ohio River]
A redesign of Spaghetti Junction, the interchange between I-65, I-64, and I-71 in Louisville, which is planned as part of the Ohio River bridge project could affect the Louisville neighborhood of Butchertown. Local residents are seeking to have the area designated as a preservation district.
More information: Courier-Journal: Spaghetti Junction redesign proposals worry Butchertown
Former Bridge Inspector Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 4:47PM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 65] [Jefferson County] [Kennedy Bridge Painting] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [The Ohio River]
Kevin L. Earles, a 23-year veteran employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, pleaded guilty on March 28 to federal anti-corruption charges. He was accused of soliciting bribes during an inspection of the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville. The Kennedy Bridge carries I-65 into Southern Indiana.
More information: Courier-Journal: Bridge Inspector Who Took Bribes Pleads Guilty
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