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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:41AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be holding the following public meetings in the near future:

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:25AM CST

Recent Professional Services Procurement Bulletins [Outside Link] include a study on rebuilding the interchanges on I-65 [Outside Link] near the University of Louisville, a study on rebuilding KY 9 in urban Campbell County [Outside Link], and studies about constructing two new interchanges on the Mountain Parkway [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Year Will Bring New Surfaces to Several Warren County Roads
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:10AM CST

Several Warren County roads will be repaced in 2003. These include Hammett Hill Road, Benleo Road, Fairview Boiling Springs Road, and Old Scottsville Road.

More information: Daily News: $1.157 million in state money expected for road work in Warren (Dec. 16, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Future of I-71/I-75 Bridge over Ohio River in Question
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:02AM CST

The Brent Spence Bridge which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River is projected to only have about 15 more years of useful life. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is beginning a 30 month study to determine how to extend the life of the bridge or how to best replace it.

More information: Enquirer: Obsolete and over capacity, Brent Spence Bridge is nearly out of time (Dec. 27, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Daviess County Road Work for 2003
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 7:25AM CST

The Messenger-Inquirer reports that road projects for Daviess County in 2003 include diamond grinding the western portion of the US 60 By-pass, rehabilitation of the northbound lanes of the Natcher Parkway near the northern terminus, and bridge replacements on KY 661 and US 431.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Road and bridge projects lined up for 2003 (Dec. 30, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[KY 2155]
Cary Bridge Work Finishing Up
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 7:20AM CST

Work on the Owensboro approach to the Glover Cary Bridge should be mostly complete in a few weeks. J.R. Miller Boulevard is being realigned so that aligns with the bridge. Landscaping and final paving should be complete this spring.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge work nears end (Dec. 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Pennyrile Parkway]
Pennyrile Parkway one of Hopkinsville's Top Ten Stories of 2002
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 11:06PM CST

The plan to build an extension of the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway was voted as one of the Christian County's top ten news stories in 2002.

More information: New Era: 2002: Year in review (Dec. 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 Public Meetings
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 6:21AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has posted preliminary information concerning public meetings [Outside Link] about I-66 in Warren County and Edmonson County.

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[KY 9]
Final Report on Possible Improvements to KY 9 (AA Highway)
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 6:19AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has released their final report [Outside Link] concerning a study about possible improvements to the western end of the AA Highway.

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[KY 645]
KY 645 Regional Corridor Study
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 6:15AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has posted information a planning study [Outside Link] concerning extending KY 645 from US 23 near Ulysses to I-64

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[KY 61]
Scoping Study Final Report: KY 61 from Columbia to Greensburg
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 5:29AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has released the final report [Outside Link] of the scoping study concerning the reconstruction of KY 61 from Columbia to Greensburg.

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[I-75]
Scoping Study: US 150 to I-75 Connector Route
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 5:20AM CST

The KYTC Division of Planning has posted information concerning a scoping study [Outside Link] to determine a route for a connector route between US 150 and I-75 in Lincoln and Rockcastle Counties.

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[Daniel Boone Parkway]
Daniel Boone Parkway Access Road Scoping Study: Final Report
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 5:11AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning has released the final report [Outside Link] of a scoping study concerning the construction of an access road to the Daniel Boone Parkway in Clay and Leslie Counties.

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[I-65]
New Interchange Opens on I-65
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:42AM CST

The new interchange between KY 234 (Cemetery Road) and I-65 in Bowling Green has opened. The interchange is just south of the Barren River and will be numbered as Exit 26.

More information: Daily News: Cemetery/I-65 link complete (Dec. 19, 2002) [Outside Link], Daily News: Cemetery/I-65 link nearly finished (Dec. 13, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New License Plate Revealed
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:26AM CST

The design of Kentucky's new license plate has been revealed. The new plates will begin being distributed in January. By state law, Kentucky releases new license plates every five years.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link], Governor Unveils New Kentucky License Plate [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:18AM CST

The entire length of I-64 in Kentucky has been designated the Purple Heart Trail. The Military Order of Purple Heart has undertaken an effort to have each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico designate one of their highways to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. Kentucky will erect 24 signs designating the Purple Heart Trail: one at each of I-64's entrances to the state and signs in each county along I-64.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[KY 627]
The Boonesboro Bridge on KY 627 has Been Named in Honor of Ewart W. Johnson
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:14AM CST

From http://www.kytc.state.ky.us/News/ewartw.johnson.htm [Outside Link]:

LEXINGTON, KY - (December 16, 2002) - Friends and family joined state and local officials in a dedication ceremony today to honor Ewart W. Johnson of Winchester, Kentucky. The Boonesboro Bridge on KY 627 was renamed the Ewart W. Johnson Bridge in appreciation of his service to Madison and Clark Counties and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mr. Johnson served as the Kentucky State Parks Commissioner from 1971 - 1975, and was instrumental in the construction of KY 627 from Winchester to Boonesboro. Secretary of Transportation James C. Codell, III said, “Ewart Johnson had a vision to provide the citizens of Winchester and Boonesboro with a safer roadway. Tragically, seven people had died in seventeen months on the current road. He wanted a new road built between Winchester and Boonesboro because he wanted to save lives.”
His accomplishments as Commissioner of Parks include the construction of Fort Boonesborough at Fort Boonesborough State Park. The beginning development of what is now the Kentucky Horse Park, and the completion of an 18-hole golf course at Lake Barkley State Resort Park where he hosted the first Boots Randolph Invitational Golf Tournament. This golf tournament has since become an annual event.
Secretary of Tourism and Acting Commissioner of Parks, Ann R. Latta praised Johnson’s commitment. “Through his leadership, countless thousands of visitors have learned more about Kentucky’s history and have enjoyed a wide variety of recreational opportunities.”
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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Named in the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:02AM CST

The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro has been named as one of the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Parkways System and Cumberland Gap Tunnel Named Kentucky's Top Road Projects
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 3:59AM CST

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has named Kentucky's parkway system and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel as Kentucky's top road project. They also recognized Wendell Ford and Calvin Grayson as the state's top transportation officials.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project Selected for Accelerated Review
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 3:43AM CST

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project has been selected to receive accelerated environmental review.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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