The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from August 2002. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.
Courier-Journal Reviews Louisville-Jefferson County Road Work
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 4:39AM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 264] [Interstate 265] [Jefferson County] [KY 1020] [KY 1447] [KY 1747] [KY 1865] [KY 841] [Local Routes]
The Courier-Journal reports on a number current and upcoming road projects in their August 23 edition. Among these projects are:
More information: Courier-Journal: ROAD WORK AHEAD: Watch for headaches (Aug. 23, 2002)
Reports from I-66 Public Meetings
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 4:16AM CDT
Topics: [Ballard County] [Barren County] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Edmonson County] [Interstate 24] [Interstate 66] [KY 286] [McCracken County] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [US 62] [Warren County]
Ballard County and McCracken County
Three possible routes for I-66 in Ballard County and McCracken County were revealed at a meeting in LaCenter on Tuesday:
The engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas is conducting the study along with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Another meeting is expected to be held later this year.
Warren County and Edmonson County
The Glasgow Daily Times reports that I-66 public meeting in Warren County and Edmonson County were well attended. They report that the engineering firm of Bernard, Lochmueller and Associates, Inc. is working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide alternatives for routes the proposed I-66 between the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and the William H. Natcher Parkway. Parties interested in viewing information from the public meetings should contact Keirsten Jaggers or Jeff Moore at the KYTC office in Bowling Green. The phone number is (270) 746-7898.
Bonus Awarded for I-65 Work in Warren County
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 4:06AM CDT
A $1 million bonus was awarded to Scotty's Contracting for completing a 3-mile section of widening work on I-65 in Warren County ahead of an August 23 deadline. Scotty's stands to receive another $500,000 bonus if they can complete another section of the project from mile marker 30 to the Oakland exit before September 12.
More information: Daily News: Bonus helps roadwork get a timely finish (Aug. 22, 2002)
Sentencing of Kennedy Bridge Inspector Delayed
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 4:00AM CDT
The sentencing for Kevin Lee Earles has been rescheduled for Sept. 27 to allow his lawyers more to prepare arguments against extra prison time sought by the government. Earles, a 23 year veteran of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, plead guilty to soliciting bribes from contractor that was repainting the Kennedy Bridge in downtown Louisville. Lawyers for the government are seeking added prison time because it has been revealed that Earles threatened to kill his victims.
In conversations secretly recorded by the FBI, Earles told a foreman that he would kill the foreman is the foreman turned him in. Earles threatened to ruin the business of the contractor and claimed to have previously used his tactics against a contractor repainting a bridge in Owensboro.
Kentucky New Era Editorial about Pennyrile Parkway Extension
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 3:48AM CDT
The Kentucky New Era has published this editorial about the project to extend the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to I-24.
New Section of US 150 in Lincoln County Nearly Complete
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 3:42AM CDT
A newly rebuilt six-mile section of US 150 in Lincoln County between Stanford and Crab Orchard has recently opened to traffic. The new road includes a dam on Cedar Creek. The project is expected to be completed soon and a dedication ceremony has been tentatively scheduled Sept. 4.
More information: Advocate Messenger: New Part of US 150 Opens to Traffic (Aug. 22, 2002)
The above article also mentions a project on KY 501 to eliminate two 90 degree turns and a project to correct a rock fall hazard on US 27 in Lincoln County. The rock fall hazard was caused by people looking for the mineral millerite.
Greenup County Bridge Named in Honor of World War II Hero
Posted: 24-Aug-2002 3:27AM CDT
A bridge on Diederich Boulevard (KY 693) over White Oak Creek in Russell has been renamed in honor of Beverly "Verly" Miller. Miller was killed in action in 1944. The bridge is located on property that was once part of the Miller family farm.
More information: Daily Independent: Russell bridge dedicated to hero (Aug. 22, 2002)
More Natcher Bridge Dedication Notes
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 8:42PM CDT
Here a couple of links related to the dedication of the William H. Natcher Bridge:
Shortway Bridge Removal
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 8:32PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will open bid proposals to remove the old Shortway Bridge over the Licking River between Covington and Newport on Sept. 27. It will be up to the contractor to decide how to remove the bridge: removing it piece by piece or with explosives are among the options.
The bridge was replaced by the Licking Valley Girl Scout Bridge and has been closed since the new bridge opened.
Before demolishing a bridge, the KYTC offers it to groups wishing to preserve it; however, no groups came forward to preserve this bridge. Covington and Newport both have requested parts of the bridge to use in other projects.
The Shortway Bridge had been a toll bridge in the past. Tolls were last collected in 1986.
More information: Kentucky Post: The Shortway Bridge: Rusting hulk (Aug. 21, 2002)
Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Southern Extension Route Announced
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 7:24PM CDT
The recommended route for the southern extension of the Pennyrile Parkway has been announced. The selected route, known as red-2, was chosen because it was cheaper, shorter, requires no relocations, takes less land, breaks up fewer properties, and has a better interchange with I-24 compared to other alternatives. The public is invited to comment on the recommendation until Sept. 4, 2002 at which time the Transportation Cabinet will summarize all information gathered and present the data to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The FHWA will then make a final decision to either approve or revise the recommendation. If approved, right of way acquisition could begin in 2003 with utility relocation in 2004 and construction in 2005.
Campbellsville Northern Connector to Open Soon
Posted: 21-Aug-2002 5:57PM CDT
The new Campbellsville Northern Connector is nearly finished: new stoplights and signals on the road are already operational. When opened, the connector (KY 3350) will connect KY 210 (Hodgenville Road) to KY 289 (Old Lebanon Road) north of Campbellsville.
More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: Bypass nearly finished (Aug. 19, 2002)
Glover Cary Bridge Work to Begin in October
Posted: 18-Aug-2002 11:20PM CDT
In October, the city of Owensboro will begin work on the approach to the Glover Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro. This work will include widening the approach to the bridge and widening J.R. Miller Boulevard between Third and Fourth Streets. This work includes demolition of a house that sits across the street from the approach to the bridge.
Lexington Herald-Leader Takes a Look at Traffic
Posted: 18-Aug-2002 11:00PM CDT
The Lexington Herald-Leader ran several articles discussing Lexington area traffic in their Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002. Among the articles was a look at the mayoral candidates' plans for congestion relief: the paper states that one candidate's plan may be impossible and the other's is already being implemented. Another article examines the work of the city's traffic signal systems manager who has recently been trying new traffic signal patterns on the city's highways. Another article attempts to answer frequently asked questions about traffic signals in Lexington, one article looks at how traffic on Man o' War Boulevard has developed since it opened in 1988, and a final article looks at the city's traffic television show.
According to one article, when Man o' War Boulevard opened in 1988 the 16.1 mile road had 11 stop lights and one flashing warning light. An Herald-Leader reporter was able to drive the road in 25 minutes. Now the road has 33 stop lights, and a drive from one end to the other took 30 minutes.
Natcher Bridge Dedication
Posted: 17-Aug-2002 7:40PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [William H. Natcher Bridge] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [The Ohio River] [US 231] [US 60]
The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River was officially dedicated on Friday, August 16, 2002. The $70 million span connects eastern Daviess County, Kentucky to Spencer County in Indiana. During the dedication ceremony, politicians from both sides of the river remarked on the significance the new bridge will play in the development of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They also recalled the hard work and determination of the late-U.S. Representative William H. Natcher for whom the bridge is named. After the ceremony, despite the rain, hundreds of visitors took an opportunity to walk across the nearly completed bridge.
The rumor date for the opening of the bridge is Sept. 25. Installation of guardrails and striping on the Indiana side still needs to be completed. Also the grouting of the cable stays has not yet been completed.
When the bridge opens US 231 will be rerouted onto the eastern portion of Owensboro's US 60 bypass, then along US 60, then onto a new four lane highway, and then across the bridge into Indiana. No word on what route number, if any, will be used to redesignate the existing route of US 231 which includes the Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro.
KentuckyRoads.com Has Been Redesigned
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:59PM CDT
Topics: [Site Features]
I have recently completed a redesign of the KentuckyRoads.com website. My intention was to provide easier access to the information within site. Among the new features is a list of all topic used to categorize items on the site. I will also begin categorizing items by county where applicable.
Many of the topic pages are very slim in content; however, I will work to develop them as time permits.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions email me. My email address is <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
-- Jeffrey Carlyle
I-66 Mississippi River Crossing
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:52PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be holding a public meeting on Aug. 20 to discuss the I-66 project in Ballard and McCracken Counties. The meeting will be held from 5pm to 7pm at Ballard Memorial High School.
I-66 in Warren County and Bowling Green Outer Beltline
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:47PM CDT
Topics: [Barren County] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Edmonson County] [Interstate 65] [Interstate 66] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Warren County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released information pertaining to public meeting concerning I-66 in the Bowling Green area:
Interstate 66 in Pulaski County
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:41PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be holding a public meeting on Aug. 22, 2002 to discuss Somerset Northern Bypass which is part of Kentucky's I-66. The meeting will be held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset and will consist of an open house from 4pm to 7pm and a formal comment period from 7pm to 8pm.
Information about the Pulaski County segment of I-66 including maps of proposed alignments can be found on the KYTC's Interstate 66 Corridor Project Information website .
I-24 Cumberland River Bridge Renamed for Livingston County's Ralph Smith
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:20PM CDT
The I-24 bridge over the Cumberland River in Western Kentucky has been renamed in honor former Livingston County sheriff and judge executive Ralph Smith. Construction on the bridge itself began 1972.
KY 234 and US 231 Road Work Progressing
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:09PM CDT
Work on Cemetery Road (KY 234) in Warren County is progressing. The new bridge over I-65 will open this week. The new interchange with I-65 is expected to open this fall.
Bids have been received for a 4.4-mile section of the new four-lane US 231 near the Warren County and Simpson County line. Grading on a section of the road near Scottsville has been completed and the surface may be completed this year. Another section of the road between Bowling Green and Alvaton including four new bridges over Drakes Creek and its flood plain could be complete by next spring. The entire project to widen the road from Bowling Green to Scottsville is expected to be completed in early 2004.
I-65 Construction in Warren County
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 8:02PM CDT
A three-mile section of I-65 in Warren County is expected to open soon. The contractor is being offered a $1 million bonus to complete the widening project by August 23. If they miss this deadline, there is a disincentive of $10,000 per day. This is the first time this incentive program has been used on a project in the area.
I-65 is currently being widened from KY 234 near Bowling Green to the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway in northern Warren County. Bids will soon be let for widening projects north and south of the current construction area.
More information: [r:http://www.bgdailynews.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?200208/08+bonus20020808_news.html+20020808|Daily News: Bonus a boost for I-65 work (Aug. 8, 2002)
New Turn Lane onto Ashland Bridge Working Well
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 7:52PM CDT
As reported earlier, a new turn lane was added at the intersection of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide better access to the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River. The new turn lane appears to be working as intended.
Thanks to Sherman for the link.
Grayson Congestion Relief
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 7:48PM CDT
A new stop light configuration is expected to relieve congestion at the intersection of Main Street (US 60) and Carol Malone Boulevard (KY 7) in Grayson. The new light will allow drivers to turn left from Main Street onto Carol Malone Boulevard without waiting for on coming traffic.
Thanks to Sherman for the link.
Kennedy Bridge Painting Doomed from the Start
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 7:36PM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 65] [Jefferson County] [Kennedy Bridge Painting] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet]
A report commissioned by the FBI finds that the $14 million project to repaint the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville was doomed from the start. The study reports that officials disregarded concerns that the project would wash old lead based paint into the Ohio River. The method of painting was also attacked: the state planned to "overcoat" the existing paint. The study predicted that this method would fail because the existing paint is unstable and would peel off. Work on painting the bridge was suspended in 2001 due to FBI inquiries alleged bribery and other flaws in oversight.
More information: Courier-Journal: Study blasts project to paint bridge (August 10, 2002)
Cumberland County gets New Highway Maintenance Facility
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 7:09AM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has opened a new highway maintenance facility in Burkesville. The in memory and honor of Bruce Perry Parrish who was county foreman of the Cumberland County highway garage from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.
William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 7:04AM CDT
The KYTC has posted this press release with information about the Natcher Bridge dedication ceremony. As mentioned previously on this website, the dedication ceremony will be held on the Kentucky side of the bridge at 1:30 pm Central Time. Parking will be available on the roadway leading to the bridge and at Hawe's Truck Stop located on 6057 SR 2830 (Old US 60). A shuttle bus will take visitors to the bridge.
Also, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer notes that there have been no fatalities or very serious injuries during the 5-1/2 year construction of the bridge (the most serious reported injury was a broken ankle); however, six men were killed when a plane carrying engineers to study the construction site crashed at takeoff in 1990.
More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge exacted a toll in lives (Aug. 6, 2002) (free registration required)
Left Over Funds Being Used to Upgrade US 68/KY 80 in Christian and Trigg Counties
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 6:54AM CDT
Over $16 million in funds left over from projects that came in under budget are being used to upgrade existing portions of US 68/KY 80 near Hopkinsville. In recent years, US 68/KY 80 has been widened to four lanes; however, in some sections the existing substandard roadway was used to carry traffic in one direction. This saved money since only two new lanes needed to be constructed instead of four. Now that there is some extra money available, the old roadway will be removed and rebuild to bring all four lanes to modern standards.
Wreck Occurs on Unopened Campbellsville Bypass
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 6:23AM CDT
Driving on unopened highways can be dangerous. A wreck occurred this week on the unopened Campbellsville Bypass when a driver on the unopened highway pulled in front of a motorcyclist driving on a cross road. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries.
Sierra Club Posts Incorrect Information About I-66
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:45AM CDT
The Sierra Club has posted incorrect information about I-66 on their website as part of a report against urban sprawl. The group claims that I-66 would "cut through Mammoth Cave National Park." This statement is incorrect. Though a final path for I-66 in the Warren County has yet to have been chosen, a preliminary map is available. Though the park is not shown on this map, the park is entirely to the north of KY 259 and US 31W which are shown on the map. None of the preliminary routes are north of these roads.
I-66 Warren County and Bowling Green Outer Beltline Preliminary Maps
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:30AM CDT
The West Kentucky Corporation has a section with preliminary maps for I-66 and the Bowling Green Outer Beltline in Warren County .
Other Presentations: I-64 Weekend Project and I-65 Construction in Warren County
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:19AM CDT
There are a couple of more interesting presentations about road projects on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet web site. They can be found here .
Natcher Bridge Presentation
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:07AM CDT
I recently discovered this presentation about the William H. Natcher Bridge on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Web Site. The presentation contains information about the bridge along with pictures taken at several points during its construction.
More information: The William Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River
Road Work in Ashland to Cut Waiting Time for Ohio Bound Travelers
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 2:49AM CDT
The Kentucky Department of Highways will modify the interserction of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide two turn lanes for cars turning onto the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River.
More information: The Daily Independent: Road work set to change Winchester (Aug. 2, 2002)
Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway Southern Extension
Posted: 1-Aug-2002 5:25PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will unveil the final decision on the route for an extension of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway from its current terminus near Hopkinsville to I-24 at a public meeting scheduled for August 20. The extension is expected to cost $79 million and will fill the seven mile gap between the end of the parkway and the interstate. The KYTC has also announced that there will be no permanent closures of state or county highways along the route.
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