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[The Ohio River]
Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 7:16AM CDT

Gov. Paul Patton of Kentucky and Gov. Frank O'Bannon of Indiana announced the preferred routes for a plan to build two new bridges across the Ohio River at Louisville and reconstruct "Spaghetti Junction" in downtown Louisville. The plan must now be approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

The downtown project would reconstruct the intersection of I-64, I-65, and I-71 and move it slightly southward. A new bridge would be constructed just to the east of the existing Kennedy Bridge. The new bridge would carry six-lanes of northbound traffic, and the existing bridge would be reconfigured to carry six-lanes of southbound traffic. The preferred route is known as C-1 in the bridge report.

The second bridge project is east of downtown. The preferred route, known as A-15, is a combination bridge and tunnel designed to avoid neighborhoods and historic structures. It would connect the Gene Snyder Freeway in Kentucky to IN-265 in Indiana. This is the "missing link" in the connection of Indiana's I-265 to Kentucky's I-265.

The project is expected to take 10 years and cost $1.4 billion to complete. Right of way acquisition could begin in two years.

More information: Courier-Journal: States choose bridge routes (July 26, 2002) [Outside Link], Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project [Outside Link]

The Courier-Journal has a special section with articles about the bridges, maps, and videos [Outside Link].

New developments in Indiana's Utica Township cause the count of houses in the path of the bridge to mushroom from 5 to over 75: more developments are planned for coming years. The new housing developments will increase the cost of the bridge project. More information: Courier-Journal: Indiana developments in path boost project cost (July 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

Other bridge information: Courier-Journal: Eminent domain can be hard to contest (July 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 460]
Video about US 460 Pike County Right of Way Acquisition
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 6:42AM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's us460online.com [Outside Link] website now includes a video describing the right of way process [Outside Link]. A text transcript [Outside Link] can also be downloaded.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Site Features: Site Restored
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 6:37AM CDT
Topics: [Site Features]

On July 23, 2002, my internet hosting provider suffered a series of hard drive crashes. All of my websites, including KentuckyRoads.com, and any backups were lost. I believe I have now managed to restore all of the news items and site features from my local backups of the site.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Upcoming Public Meetings: I-66, Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway, Other Routes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:26AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled several planning meetings:

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[US 60]
Henderson County US 60 and US 41 Projects Included in Six-Year Plan
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:21AM CDT

A multi part project to widen US 60 between Henderson and Corydon is included in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Six-Year Plan. A new bypass north of Corydon will also be constructed. Construction is planned to start near Henderson in 2004.

Another Henderson area project is the repaving of the US 41 Henderson by-pass. (The by-pass is at the northern end of the Pennyrile Parkway.) Work there is planned to take place in 2004. The US 41 twin bridges over the Ohio River are planned to be repainted in 2005 and 2006.

More information: MyInKy.com: U.S. 60, U.S. 41 projects at top of six-year plan (July 17, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Interstate 69 from Eddyville to Henderson
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:20AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released information about planning for I-69 between Eddyville and Henderson in western Kentucky. The cabinet is studying improvements that would be needed to bring the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway to interstate standards.

More information: KYTC: Proposed Interstate 69 [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Policy Includes Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Highway Planning
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:18AM CDT

A new policy at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet means that an evaluation of the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists will be included in future highway planning projects.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
US 27 Reconstruction Will Displace Abandoned Cemetery
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:14AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 23, 2002 article [Outside Link] that a project to widen US 27 in Pendleton County will involve the moving of unidentified remains in an abandoned cemetery.

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[I-265]
Reconstruction of Gene Snyder Freeway Interchanges with I-64 and Shelbyville Road
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:12AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public information session from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on August 15 at Hite Elementary School in eastern Jefferson County to discuss the reconstruction of two interchanges on the Gene Snyder Freeway: one at I-64 and one at Shelbyville Road. Five plans for the interchanges were announced last year. At the meeting, one plan for each interchange will be announced. If there are no serious objections, those plans will become the final plans. Construction could start in 2004 and be complete by 2008.

More information: Courier-Journal: Public can view Snyder interchange plans (July 23, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Advanced Polymer to Rescue Carter County Bridge
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:12AM CDT

The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this Nov. 4, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that an advanced carbon based polymer coating will be used to reinforce a flawed bridge over the Little Sandy River. The bridge which had been expected to remain stable for three to four years will now be stable for 20 to 30 years.

Update Dec. 7, 2001: Here is a Cincinnati Enquirer article [Outside Link] about the bridge.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
More Information on US 68/KY 80 Widening through the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:10AM CDT

Here [Outside Link] is some information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet describing the historic and environmental concerns they took into consideration while designing a new route for US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes [Outside Link].

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge to be Dedicated on Aug. 16
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:09AM CDT

The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro will be dedicated on August 16; however, the bridge will not open to traffic that day. The approach on the Indiana side has yet to be completed.

The dedication ceremony beings at 1:30 pm on August 16 and is open to the public. Visitors will be able to walk across the bridge. Visitors will be able to park on the highway on the Kentucky side of the bridge.

The image below shows the general location of the bridge:

A map of northeast Daviess County, KY and southern Spencer County, IN showing the general area of the new US 231 and US 60.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Procession over bridge will mark dedication of new span (July 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 in Warren County
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:07AM CDT

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that I-66 may use part of I-65 in Warren County to make the connection between the Cumberland Parkway and Natcher Parkway in Warren County. More Information [Outside Link]

Also, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold two public meetings to discuss I-66 in the Warren County area. One meeting will be held on August 14 in Bowling Green, and another will be held the following day in Brownsville. More Information [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Road Work at Mammoth Cave National Park
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:05AM CDT

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, plans to widen three highways in Mammoth Cave National Park must be approved by 30 regulators. The planning process takes four to five years. The projects will reconstruct park routes 10 and 15 and widen park route 110 to the Maple Springs Research Center.

More information: National Park Service: Draft Environment Assessment -- Reconstruct Routes 10, 15, and 110 [Outside Link], Daily News: Roads go through miles of red tape (June 29, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 and Hurstbourne Parkway Interchange to be Reconstructed
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:04AM CDT

A project to reconstruct the interchange of Hurstbourne Parkway and I-64 in eastern Jefferson County is planned to begin in 2006. The interchange is currently one of the most congested and accident prone interchanges in Jefferson County. The reconstructed interchange will eliminate left turns across Hurstbourne Parkway and add ramps to Linn Station Road. The project has been dubbed "The Big Fix."

More information: Courier-Journal: 'Big fix' planned at Hurstbourne interchange (July 5, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Widening Through the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:59AM CDT

A planned project to widen US 68/KY 80 to four lanes through the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area [Outside Link] is expected to cause a great deal of controversy. The $250 million project will replace the two 70-year old bridges of Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake and construct a four lane highway on a 1000-foot right of way through LBL. The project is planned to begin in 2004, pending approval by the U.S. Forestry Service.

Proponents believe the new route would be safer than the current two lane road and increase tourism and commerce in the area; however, critics are concerned about environmental damage.

More information: Kentucky New Era: LBL Road Projects Will Spur Serious Arguments (July 9, 2002) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Divide is forming over proposal for 4-lane road in W. Kentucky (July 8, 2002) [Outside Link] (includes photograph of the Kentucky Lake bridge)

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[US 231]
Site Features: New Natcher Bridge Photographs
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:57AM CDT

I've updated the William H. Natcher Bridge page with pictures that I took on June 25 and February 16. The bridge and the Kentucky approach appear to be essentially complete. There was some work underway to install lighting along the bridge. The Indiana approach is still under construction.

View from the Kentucky shore.
View from the Kentucky shore.
The bridge viewed from Indiana Route 66.
The bridge viewed from Indiana Route 66.
Facing south on the Kentucky approach.
Facing south on the Kentucky approach.
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[I-69]
I-69 Public Meetings: Evansville favors western route, Henderson favors eastern routes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:48AM CDT

The Indiana Department of Transportation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and HNTB Corporation held two public meetings this past Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the three favored routes for the I-69 connection between Indiana and Kentucky with local residents. The summary from the local news is that Henderson residents favor the two eastern routes while Evansville residents favor the western route. The Henderson Chamber of Commerce has indicated their support for the eastern routes. I attended the Henderson meeting and overheard some residents' fears that the study has understated the impact of I-69 on houses and farms in eastern Henderson County. Some Henderson residents have suggested building I-69 even further to the east than what is currently proposed. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be completed by early 2003, with a final statement and approval by the Federal Highway Administration following in 2004.

More information: MyInKy.com: Henderson backs east I-69 corridor (June 28, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Forum to cover options for I-69 (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Western I-69 route backed in Evansville (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: I-69 eastern routes gain support (June 28, 2002) [Outside Link], I-69 Evansville-Henderson: Level 1 Alternatives Analysis Draft Report [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Henderson US 41 Repairs to Begin
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:46AM CDT

2.8 miles of US 41 between the US 60 interchange and the Ohio River will be repaved through the month of July. 1.5 inches of the road's concrete surface will be removed and replaced with asphalt. Permanent traffic counting equipment will also be installed. A 1996 study showed 37,000 vehicles per day use US 41 just north of the Audubon State Park.

More information: MyInKy.com: Busy U.S. 41-North in Henderson to be repaired, repaved in July (June 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Two Favored Routes Emerge for New Louisville Bridges
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:44AM CDT

Favored routes for two new bridges over the Ohio River have emerged from a group of citizens and officials conducting a study for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Although a final recommendation won't come until next month, alternative C-1 for a downtown bridge and alternative A-15 for an eastern bridge are the clear favorites.

The favorite route for a downtown bridge, C-15, would involve building a new bridge just east of I-65's Kennedy Bridge. Spaghetti Junction, the intersection of I-64, I-65, and I-71, would be rebuilt to accommodate the new bridge and relieve congestion on the interstate. Spaghetti Junction would be shifted to the south. This move would affect the Butchertown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods in Louisville. The Indiana approach to the bridge would affect downtown Jeffersonville. The designers of Louisville's Riverfront Park anticipated the construction of alternative C-1 into their design for the park. The cost of the project is estimated to be $2 billion and would take 10 years to complete.

The favorite route for the new eastern Jefferson County bridge, A-15, manages to bypass Prospect, KY and Utica, IN to the delight of both communities. The route would connect to the current terminus of the Gene Snyder Freeway at US 42 in Jefferson County pass to the south of Prospect, cross the Ohio River, swing to the north of Utica, IN, and connect to Indiana Route 265. This route involves the construction of a tunnel on the Kentucky to minimize impact on the historic Drumanard Estate. If built this would connect the Kentucky I-265 to Indiana's I-265.

More information: Courier-Journal: Two bridge routes emerge as favorites (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project: Maps and Descriptions [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
I-69 Public Meetings in Evansville and Henderson
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:42AM CDT

Two public meetings will be held this week to discuss the the I-69 Ohio River crossing. One meeting is tonight at Reitz High School in Evansville and the other is tomorrow night at Henderson County High School in Henderson.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Dishman Lane Design Followed Proper Procedures
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:39AM CDT

City of Bowling Green Public Works Director Emmett Wood told the Bowling Green City Commission that the proper procedures were followed in the design of an extension of Dishman Lane. The extension collapsed in February leaving a hole that was 15 foot deep and 40 feet across. Wood said the planning began over 10 years ago and construction began in 1996. He said small changes were made to the plan and that changes to the drainage system caused by these changes may not have been accurately assessed. In hindsight, he says, these could be considered to be errors.

More information: Daily News: Process not to blame in road collapse, expert says (June 19, 2002) [Outside Link].

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[I-69]
Evansville-Henderson I-69 Routes Narrowed to Three Alternatives
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:38AM CDT

The group studying possible routes for I-69 between I-64 in Indiana and the Breathitt (Pennyrile) Parkway in Kentucky has narrowed the list of alternatives from ten to three routes. The alternatives, unveiled by Kentucky and Indiana highway agencies, the Evansville Urban Transportation Study, and HNTB, include two routes east of Evansville and one route west of Evansville. The other routes were eliminated because of potential damage to the environment, high costs, and low traffic volumes.

The currently preferred route, Corridor 2 (originally listed as H), would follow I-164 from I-64 to the Green River Road interchange before crossing into Kentucky. This route requires the least new construction, shortest Ohio River bridge, and would divert 55% of the traffic from the US 41 bridges. This route is estimated to cost $580 million.

Another route, Corridor 3 (originally listed as I), would also follow part of I-164 but would cross the river east of Angel Mounds State Park and cost $685 million.

The west side route would start at I-64 east of Poseyville, parallel the Vanderburgh county line, cross the Union Township oxbow, and cross into Kentucky. This would require at east eight miles of elevated roadway to cross the oxbow floodplain. This route, Corridor 1 (originally listed as J), would cost $959 million.

The study will now move into the next phase: a draft environmental impact statement is expected early next year.

In Kentucky, I-69 will use existing parkways. Upgrading these parkways to Interstate standards will take ten years or more.

More information: MyInKy.com: I-69 route options narrowed to 3 (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: 2 routes closer to Owensboro among I-69 finalists (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: West I-69 route called key for port (June 21, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: I-69 routes in city cut to 3 (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Bridge Inspector 'Hammered' Two Previous Contractors
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:35AM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports that a transportation cabinet bridge inspector, Kevin L. Earles, who pleaded guilty to soliciting bribes told contractors that he had "hammered" two previous contractors. The federal government is investigating to see if Earles had solicited other contractors for bribes.

More information: Courier-Journal: Memo: Bridge inspector cited earlier bribes (June 21, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-71]
New Exit on I-71 to Help Speedway Traffic
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:34AM CDT

A new interchange has opened at mile marker 55 on I-71 to help with access to the Kentucky Speedway. The interchange is part of a connector road that will connect I-71 to US 42 at Markland Dam. The road is expected to be finished by the end of next year.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Capital Avenue Bridge to Close for Repairs
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:33AM CDT

The Capital Avenue bridge in Frankfort will close for 16 days for repairs. "The bridge project, estimated at $750,000, will include resurfacing the bridge, and repairing the sidewalks, joints of the bridge, and the piers. Work will be done on one-half of the bridge at a time to allow emergency vehicles to cross if necessary."

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link], Detour Map [Outside Link] (PDF format).

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:32AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Professional Services has posted several procurement bulletins [Outside Link]. Even if you aren't a contractor, these bulletins are useful for learning about upcoming road projects. Recent bulletins include:

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[I-66]
Updated I-66 Information
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:26AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's I-66 web sites have been updated. Information from planning projects in Ballard, Edmonson, Marshall, McCracken, and Warren county can be found here [Outside Link]. The Official Interstate 66 [Outside Link] website has been updated with information about the Ballard and McCracken segment [Outside Link] and Pulaski and Laurel segment [Outside Link].

A new vicinity map [Outside Link] of the Pike/Mingo segment has been added. Also, the Phase 1 Archeological Survey for Pike/Mingo segment [Outside Link] has begun.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
2002 Work Zone Information Posted
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:23AM CDT

The Travel Information section of this website has been updated with information about Summer 2002 work zones. A transportation cabinet map of Summer 2002 work zones can be found here [Outside Link]. The transportation cabinet has also posted driving tips [Outside Link] (PDF format) and a work zone fact sheet [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Site Updates
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:16AM CDT
Topics: [Site Features]

All of the links in the news items have been checked. Many of the links to older newspaper articles are now broken; however, I have managed to find some of the articles archived at archive.org [Outside Link] and have linked to the archive where appropriate. In the past I have asked a couple of newspapers that regularly remove their articles if I could archive their stories online; however, both newspapers refused. I will continue to try to use as much information from those sources without infringing their copyrights.

Also, the KYTC Division of Planning [Outside Link] has recently redesigned their website (twice actually), and I have updated all of the links to that website.

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[US 460]
KYTC Web Sites Helps Relocated Families in the Path of US 460
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:14AM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a new website to help relocate families affected by the US 460 reconstruction project in Pike County. According to the press release more than 200 families will be relocated due to the project.

More information: Press Release [Outside Link], Pike County US 460 Property Relocation [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Inspecting Bridges Following Evansville Earthquake
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:13AM CDT

WPSD NewsChannel 6 reports in this June 19 article [Outside Link] that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is inspecting bridges in Western Kentucky caused by the June 18 earthquake 9 miles northwest of Evansville. The quake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale and was the largest quake to hit the region in 30 years. The Brookport Bridge near Paducah was briefly closed.

More information: WPSD: Brookport Bridge/Earthquake (June 19, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Did you feel that? (June 19, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KY 121 Bridge Closed in Graves County
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:59AM CDT
Topics: [Graves County] [KY 121]

The approach to a bridge on KY 121 south of Mayfield caved in around 4:30am on June 6th. The problem was related to recent flooding. The flood waters washed away material underneath the roadway leading to its collapse. The hole was filled with sand and gravel and the bridge was reopened.

More information: WPSD: Bridge Closure (June 6, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Fired County Road Worker Reaches Settlement
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:57AM CDT

A Knott County road worker who says he was fired after refusing to build a bridge on private property to provide access to a chicken coop has reached a settlement with the county.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Says He Was Fired for Not Building Bridge (June 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Dedication Delayed
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:56AM CDT

The dedication of the Natcher Bridge has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts with Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon and Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton. The bridge is now nearly complete.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge Ceremony Postponed (June 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky Highways Added to 'America's Byways' Program
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:54AM CDT

Three new America's Byways have been designated in Kentucky. These include US 23, "The Country Music Highway," in Eastern Kentucky; KY 15, "The Red River Gorge Scenic Byway;" and parts of US 25 and KY 229 which form "The Wilderness Road Heritage Highway." The National Scenic Byways Program was started in 1991 to preserve historic and scenic highways. It is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. These three routes are the first America's Byways to be designated in Kentucky.

More information: FHWA Press Release (June 13, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: Kentucky Routes Join America's Byways List (June 13, 2002) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Three routes added to scenic byway system (June 14, 2002) [Outside Link], Herald-Leader: Three roads are first in state added to America's Byways (June 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Dishman Lane Bids Lower Than Expected
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:52AM CDT

Bids to repair a collapsed section of Dishman Lane in Bowling Green came in lower than expected. Scotty's Contracting submitted the lowest bid for the project at $782,095. Repair of the 130 feet by 110 feet and 15 foot deep hole is expected to take 120 days. Work is planned to begin once Bowling Green Municipal Utilities relocates a nearby water main.

More info: Daily News: Dishman Lane will cost less than expected (June 6, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Website Allows Kentuckians to Report Road Hazards
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:51AM CDT

A new website run by the Kentucky Family Safety Foundation allows users to, among other things, report road hazards to the appropriate government agency.

More information: Kentucky Family Safety Foundation [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: New Web site allows Kentuckians to report hazards to government agencies (June 3, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Two Bridge Contractors Attack Report
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:49AM CDT

Two bridge contractors who were solicited for bribes have attacked an audit of the Transportation Cabinet saying that is flawed by omissions and errors.

Full story: Courier-Journal: 2 bridge contractors attack report (June 4, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Richmond Road in Lexington to be Widened
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:46AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [US 27]

Work expected to begin in August will add two additional to Richmond Road between New Circle Road and Eagle Creek Drive in Lexington. The project is expected to take until fall 2004 to complete. Traffic on the road is projected to reach 80,000 vehicles per day by 2022, nearly double the traffic that used the road in 1999.

More information: Herald-Leader: Wider Richmond Road on way (May 25, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-265]
Northwestern Portion of Snyder Freeway Re-opens
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:45AM CDT

A section of the Gene Snyder Freeway between I-71 and US 42 that had been closed for two weeks for bridge work and pavement rehabilitation was reopened on May 20th.

More information: Courier-Journal: Repaved Snyder opens between I-71 and U.S. 42 (May 20, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Northern Warren County Interchange Proposed
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:24AM CDT

The draft Six-Year Highway Plan currently under review of the state legislature includes funding for a $30 million interchange on I-65 in northern Warren County. The intention of the interchange is to provide access to the proposed Kentucky Trimodal Transpark [Outside Link]. A similar interchange is proposed for I-65 in Hardin County.

More information Daily News: Cash for interchange in proposal (May 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Memorials to Highway Accident Victims Dedicated
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:10AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has erected memorials dedicated to those who have lost their lives on Kentucky's roadways. There are nine such memorials located at Welcome Centers on interstates around the state.

More information: KYTC Press Release (May 23, 2002) [Outside Link], Daily News: Interstate 65 site honors victims (May 23, 2002) [Outside Link], Daily Independent: Memorial stone honors memory of accident victims (May 24, 2002) [Outside Link], New Era: A grim reminder (May 24, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Receives Two Awards
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:08AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been presented two awards from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) for research and return on investment. The research award was awarded for the Louisville area TRIMARC system. The cabinet used a system of cameras and microphones to record accidents at an intersection. The data collected was used to make improvements to the interchange. The return on investment awarded for the ARTIMIS system in Northern Kentucky.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Dedication Set for August 2
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:07AM CDT

The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River at Owensboro will be dedicated at 10:00 am on August 2nd. It has been 62 years since Owensboro's only other Ohio River bridge, the Glover H. Cary Bridge, was dedicated on July 30, 1940.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge dedication Aug. 2 (May 12, 2002) [Outside Link] (Free registration required)

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Bowling Green Researches Dishman Lane Repairs
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:06AM CDT

The Bowling Green city commission is expected to consider the costs of repairing Dishman Lane at the June 4th meeting. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities has already begun advertising for bids to relocate a 20-inch water main in the area. The relatively new road collapsed into a sinkhole in February. The city has been in touch with the engineering firms who first began planning for the road thirteen years ago to see what was known about the cave system in the area.

More information: Daily News: Dishman Lane repair costs to be known soon (May 8, 2002) [Outside Link]

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Planning Agency Says Transportation Funding at Risk
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:04AM CDT

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) believes that federal money for transportation projects is at risk because of the state's elimination of Vehicle Emissions Testing in Jefferson County. KIPDA believes that Jefferson County will now be unable to meet EPA guidelines to receive federal transportation money. Critics, including state representative Perry Clark (D-Louisville), say that the report uses faulty data and Jefferson County will still meet the EPA guidelines.

Courier-Journal: Transportation project funds may be at risk (May 5, 2002) [Outside Link]

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Report Encourages Transportation Cabinet Reform
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:03AM CDT

The Transportation Cabinet's Reform and Review Committee, which was created last year to identify problems in the cabinet, has submitted a report which finds that the cabinet failed to investigate claims of extortion, oversee the work of a bridge inspector, and monitor a minority hiring program. The committee has suggested the creation of an Inspector General's Office to continue to monitor the work of the transportation cabinet.

More information: Courier-Journal: Reforms urged for Transportation Cabinet (May 10, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: Report: Most Transportation problems resolved (May 10, 2002) [Outside Link], KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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