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[US 60]
US 60 Yard Sale in Carter County This Saturday
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:55AM CDT
Topics: [Carter County] [US 60]

The US 60 yard sale will be held in Carter County this Saturday, August 2: Ashland Daily Independent: Route 60 Yard Sale returns to Carter (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 and Other Southern Kentucky Projects in Committee Version of House Transportation Appropriations Bill; I-66 Public Meeting Held in Somerset
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:39AM CDT

A public meeting for I-66 planning in Pulaski and Laurel Counties brought out several anti-I-66 groups. The Transportation Cabinet is conducting a study to determine the route for I-66 between London and Somerset. This will replace the two-lane KY 80, the current major east-west corridor in the region.

Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers has used his position on the transportation appropriations subcommittee to have money for Southern Kentucky road projects included a draft version of the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation Appropriations Committee. The money includes $4.5 million for continuing work on designing I-66 in Pulaski and Laurel Counties, $2 million for I-66 in Pike County, $2 million to improve US 27 north of Somerset, $1.5 million for widening I-75 in Rockcastle County, and $1 million to fund the reconstruction of the Hal Rogers Parkway between mileposts 33 and 47 in Leslie County.

More information: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Controversial Corridor (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link], Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Federal Funding (July 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Western Kentucky Parkway]
Rehabilitation Work Underway on Western Kentucky Parkway
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:33AM CDT

Work, expected to finish by November 15th, is underway on 20 miles of the Western Kentucky Parkway. The $11.4 million project will install new drains, sink the raised median, and resurface the parkway in parts of Muhlenberg and Ohio Counties. Traffic will be restricted to one-lane in each direction during the rehabilitation work.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Parkway project now under way (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Rise in Sale of Specialty Plates; Mr. Smiley Credited
Posted: 28-Jul-2003 8:11AM CDT

The past several months has seen a drastic increase in the sale of specialty plates. The unpopularity of the new "Mr. Smiley" plate has been blamed for the increase. The increased sale of specialty plates means that the charities that sponsor the plates receive more money, about $10 per plate. The Transportation Cabinet receives about the same amount of money from a specialty plate as from a regular plate.

More information: Courier-Journal: Rise in specialty plates' profits credited to 'Mr. Smiley' backlash (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
More Federal Money Could be Allocated to Study Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 27-Jul-2003 1:22AM CDT

The House Appropriations Committee approved a transportation spending bill that allocated $2.5 million to study replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spent Bridge over the Ohio River. The bill must still be passed by the full house, the Senate, and signed by the President before becoming law.

In February, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched a $2 million study to determine how to best replace the aging bridge.

More information: Kentucky Post: Bridge may get $2.5M more (July 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Receives National Honor Award
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:37PM CDT

The William H. Natcher Bridge was one of 24 projects nationwide to receive an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Natcher Bridge Design Earns National Honor Award (March 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Section of US 421 named for Tony Turner
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:24PM CDT

A section of US 421 in Petty and Harlan Counties has been renamed in memory of WYMT-TV news anchor Tony Turner. Turner died on June 30, 2002 of injuries sustained during a car accident three weeks earlier.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Portion of U. S. 421 is Now the Tony Turner Memorial Highway (June 27, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1120]
Shortway Bridge Was Scheduled for Removal in June
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:13PM CDT

The old Shortway Bridge over the Licking River between Kenton and Campbell Counties was scheduled for removal in June; no word on whether or not it was actually removed.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Shortway Bridge soon to go away (May 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Northern Kentucky Bridge over the Ohio River Opened to Pedestrian Traffic
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:07PM CDT

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge over the Ohio River has been opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge has recently been painted purple and has been dubbed the "Purple People Bridge" by local residents. Though it is closed to vehicle traffic, the Kentucky-owned bridge is officially designated as US 27C.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Purple People Bridge links Newport, downtown (April 27, 2003) [Outside Link], Cincinnati-Transit.net: L&N Bridge [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 Pike County Final Environmental Impact Statement Approved; Project Moves to Final Design
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:02PM CDT

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo County, West Virginia segment of I-66 has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration. This means that the project now moves to the final design phase which will be followed by right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and construction.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Appalachian Corridor I-66 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Approved and Published (April 23, 2003, May 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Illinois Residents Want Interstate 66
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:46PM CDT

The Illinois Department of Transportation has reported a positive response to the proposed Interstate 66. Originally, Illinois had shied away from building part of Interstate 66 in Illinois. Building I-66 in Illinois would mean that Kentucky would not get a crossing over the Mississippi River in Ballard County.

More information: Associated Press: Saying Yes to Interstate 66 (July 24, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Bowling Green's Cave Mill Road Widening Project Delayed
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:38PM CDT

Bad weather and drainage problems have delayed a project to widen Cave Mill Road in Bowling Green. The narrow, curvy road is being widened and a hill near the intersection of Grider Pond Road is being removed. The rebuilt Cave Mill Road will connect with the new Dishman Lane and add a new modern highway corridor between Scottsville Road (US 231), Nashville Road (US 31W), and Russellville Road (US 68-KY 80).

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Cave Mill widening project delayed (July 24, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[AA Highway]
AA Highway Rededicated in Honor of John Y. Brown, Jr.
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:31PM CDT

On Wednesday, state officials re-dedicated the AA Highway in honor of former Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. Brown was governor from 1979 to 1983 and was influential in the construction of the highway across northern Kentucky.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: A-A Highway dedicated ... again (July 24, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Take your pick: the AA, JYB or Ky. 9 (July 23, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Governor Patton Dedicates AA Highway to former Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. (July 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Community Transportation Solutions Chosen to Lead Louisville Bridges Project
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:19PM CDT

Community Transportation Solutions, a Louisville based partnership, has been chosen to manage the 17-year project to construct two new interstate bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville. CTS says it will hold an international competition for the bridge designs, construct both bridges simultaneously, and complete the project in less than 17 years. The project also includes the rebuilding of Louisville's Spaghetti Junction.

The Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve plans for the bridges in August.

The CTS partnership was formed in 1998 to complete the bridge environmental study. The partnership is made up of Parsons Transportation Group of Chicago; HMB Professional Engineers of Frankfort; and Beam, Longest and Neff Engineers of Indianapolis.

More information: Courier-Journal: CTS will manage bridges project; Announcement today is a month ahead of schedule (July 24, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: CTS will oversee 17-year construction of 2 Ohio River bridges; Representatives promise quick, efficient service project (July 25, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: General Engineering Consultant Selected for Ohio River Bridges Project Development (July 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3393]
Signs Directing Travelers to the Shawneetown Bridge will be Installed on the Morganfield Bypass
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:06PM CDT

Signs directing travelers to the Shawneetown Bridge will be installed at several intersections on the Morganfield bypass (KY 3393). The bridge to Illinois over the Ohio River is 12 miles west of Morganfield on KY 56.

More information: Union County Advocate: Bypass will get new signs (July 23, 2003) [Outside Link], KentuckyRoads.com: Shawneetown Bridge Photo

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[KY 54]
KY 54 Repaving Under Way in Daviess County
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 8:40PM CDT

A project to repave a short section KY 54 near the Owensboro US 60 By-pass has begun and is expected to last until mid-August. Though the stretch of highway is only eleven years old, the pavement has become deeply rutted; this project's aim is to correct that problem.

Other Daviess County projects include work to improve drainage on the William H. Natcher Parkway and pavement rehabilitation on US 60 east of Owensboro in Daviess and Hancock Counties.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Kentucky 54 resurfacing under way (July 24, 2003) [Outside Link] (free registration required; includes photograph of construction work)

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [71 topics related to this item]

Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:

A few new images have been added to the KentuckyRoads.com - Miscellaneous Signs and KentuckyRoads.com - General Images galleries as well.

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[I-74]
Northern Kentucky Outer Loop (I-74) Conceptual Feasibility Final Draft Released
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 7:29AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the final report for the conceptual feasibility study for the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop, and the finding is that such an outer loop is not feasible.

The proposed route would connect with I-74 in Indiana, pass into Kentucky at the Markland Dam in Gallatin County, travel east-west across Kentucky, cross the Ohio River into Ohio at the William H. Harsha bridge near Maysville, and connect with a proposed extension of I-74 in Ohio. A two-year long study of this route found that the entire route would not be financially feasible in Kentucky; however, the study found that several segments of the route would have an independent of utility. The study divided the route into six sections and assigned them the following priorities:

  1. US 127 to I-75 - 15.1 miles (Owen and Grant Counties)
  2. I-71 to US 127 - 6.8 miles (Gallatin/Carroll and Owen Counties)
  3. I-75 to US 27 - 17.6 miles (Grant and Pendleton Counties)
  4. US 27 to KY 9 - 29 miles (Pendleton, Bracken, and Mason Counties)
  5. Indiana to I-71 - 7 miles (Carroll/Gallatin Counties)
  6. KY 9 to Ohio - 2.9 miles (Mason County)

The study found that construction of a proposed highway (Indiana State Road 101) from I-74 in Indiana to the Markland Dam would improve the usability of the Indiana to I-71 segment of the Outer Loop.

The release of the report does not guarantee that anything will be built. Construction is dependent on future funding.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning: Proposed Interstate 74 [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Kroger Store in Maysville Has an Exhibit Featuring the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:52PM CDT

The Kroger grocery in Maysville has a replica of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge located near the produce section and photographs of the construction of the bridge near the entrance to the store. The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Ohio River. It was constructed in the 1930s and carries Business US 62 and Business US 68 into Ohio.

More information: Maysville Ledger Independent: New Kroger designed for customer satisfaction (July 22, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
KY 1384 Bridge over US 23 to be Renamed
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:43PM CDT
Topics: [KY 1384] [Pike County] [US 23]

The KY 1384 overpass over US 23 in the Pikeville Cut will be renamed on Monday, according to the Appalachian News-Express [Outside Link]. The bridge is currently known as the Masten Childers Bridge; on Monday the name of the bridge will be renamed the Velma and Masten Childers Bridge.

This bill adjourning the Kentucky General Assembly [Outside Link] (word document) on the occasion of Velma Childer's seventieth birthday on Jan. 24, 2000 contains some biographical information about Childers.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Northern Kentucky Leaders Express Support for Gambling to Raise Tax Revenues; Gas Tax Increase Also Supported
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:28PM CDT

The Judge Executives of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell County expressed support for casino gambling during the 14th Annual State of Northern Kentucky Addresses yesterday. The Judge Executives also expressed some support for increasing the state's gas tax. The leaders are concerned about the dwindling tax revenue being collected by Frankfort and are afraid that services will be cut if new revenue is not found. A proposed expansion of KY 237 in Hebron is named as an example of a project that is in jeopardy if new funding cannot be found.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. officials leaning to gambling (July 23, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ruling on Patton's Ethics Charges Will Come After He Leaves Office
Posted: 22-Jul-2003 7:41PM CDT

In more news of the scandals to rock the Governor's office and the transportation cabinet, word came Monday that hearings on the ethics charges brought against Gov. Patton will not be heard until mid-November. This means that rulings on the charges will not come until after Patton leaves office.

More information: Courier-Journal: Hearing on Patton's ethics charges is set; Ruling to come after governor's term expires (July 22, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1631]
New Crittenden Drive Opens Near Louisville International Airport
Posted: 22-Jul-2003 7:30PM CDT

A new four lane section of Crittenden Drive along the western edge of Louisville International Airport opened on Monday. That section of highway was closed in 1997 to allow for expansion of runways at the airport. The new section connects Crittenden Drive to Fern Valley Road south of the airport and provides better access to the UPS facility at the airport.

More information: Courier-Journal: Crittenden Drive stretch opens after rain delays; Four-lane road improves access to the UPS hub (July 22, 2003) [Outside Link] (includes photograph of the new road), KYTC Press Release: Crittenden Drive Reconnected Today [Outside Link]

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[Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway]
Daily News Profiles Former Toll Employee
Posted: 22-Jul-2003 6:36PM CDT

The Bowling Green Daily News has profiled a former toll collector. Sixty-year-old Bonnie Poore used to work at the Bon Ayr Toll Plaza at the western end of the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Now she has been transferred to maintenance division of the Department of Highways.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: From toll work to road work, woman learns that smiles count (July 21, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[The Trace]
Site Feature: The Roads of the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 22-Jul-2003 4:15AM CDT

I have added a new image gallery consisting of photographs I took of the roads of the Land Between the Lakes. Subjects covered include the US 68/KY 80 bridges over the two lakes, the KY 453 bridge over the Between the Rivers Canal, and road over Kentucky Lake.

The intersection between "The Trace" and US 68/KY 80.
The exit from US 68/KY 80 to The Trace.
Heading west on US 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake
Crossing the US 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake.
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[KY 7]
Greenup County Covered Bridge Will Not Return this Month
Posted: 21-Jul-2003 9:15PM CDT

The Bennett's Mill bridge, a covered bridge which has crossed Tygarts Creek in Greenup County since the 1850s, will not be returned to the county this month. In interest of historic accuracy, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is re-evaluating the design of the bridge. New information has lead some to believe that the camber of the bridge is less than what had originally been thought.

The bridge connects East Tygarts Creek Road and KY 7. The bridge was closed to traffic by county officials in 2001 when it was noticed that the bridge was listing. The bridge was removed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and transported to Lexington for historic preservation work. Officials said the bridge needed to be removed because internal supports were deteriorating. The preservation contract specifies that the project should use as much of the original lumber as possible.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Return of bridge delayed (July 21, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Vehicle Becomes Stuck under Railroad Trestle
Posted: 21-Jul-2003 8:39PM CDT

A bit of interesting news from McCracken County, a U-Haul truck became stuck under a railroad trestle. Officials had to let the air out of the vehicles tires to remove it from underneath the bridge. There was one minor injury and minor damage to the bridge; however, it was not closed to trains.

More information: WPSD: One Passenger Suffers Minor Injury (July 19, 2003) [Outside Link] (inlcudes photograph of the incident)

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
2003 Official Highway Map Released
Posted: 20-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT

Updated: 21-Jul-2003 2:00PM CDT

[Cover of the 2003 Official Highway Map]The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released the 2003 version of the official highway map on May 29. There were no apparent major changes over the previous year's, except for the fact that on June 10, the map was modified to show the former Daniel Boone Parkway as the Hal Rogers Parkway.

More information: KYTC: Official Highway Map [Outside Link]

The map is now available in rest areas. I picked up a copy at the Paducah Welcome Center yesterday. The cover art is a photograph of the William H. Natcher Bridge.

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[KY 55]
Heartland Parkway
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:46PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has posted information about the proposed Heartland Parkway here: KY-55 Heartland Parkway [Outside Link]

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[US 150]
US 150 and Cedar Creek Lake
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:37PM CDT

Danny Lewis has created a website with information about the Cedar Creek Lake project [Outside Link] in Lincoln County. The recent creation of the lake involved the rebuilding of US 150 and KY 1770. Danny's site includes maps and photographs. Some pictures show part of the Old US 150 being slowly submerged as the lake level rises.

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[US 68]
US 68 Road Work in Fayette and Jessamine Counties
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:25PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a website covering the widening of Harrodsburg Road (US 68) in Fayette and Jessamine Counties at us68.ky.gov [Outside Link]. The site includes construction schedules, maps, and photographs.

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[US 60]
Pavement Work on Western Leg of Owensboro Bypass
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:45PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [US 60]

Work to rehabilitate pavement on the western end of Owensboro's US 60 By-pass is planned to start on July 21. Work on the section of the bypass from US 431 to US 60 west of Owensboro is expected to take until November. The concrete surface of the road will undergo diamond grinding and asphalt shoulders will be built.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Pavement work starts Monday on bypass (July 12, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 52]
Bridge Work on Kentucky 52 in Boyle County
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:28PM CDT
Topics: [Boyle County] [KY 52]

The Danville Advocate Messenger [Outside Link] reported on July 16, 2003 that road crews would be repairing a bridge on KY 52 two miles east of US 150 in Boyle County. The concrete deck of the bridge is being completely replaced.

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[The Ohio River]
Kentucky Post's Jim Reis Looks At the History of the Bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:21PM CDT

The Kentucky Post recently posted two columns from Jim Reis looking at the history of the bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:

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[KY 80]
Opposition Raised Against Proposed Bridge in Breaks Interstate Park
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:07PM CDT
Topics: [KY 80] [Pike County]

A proposal to build a bridge near the 1,600-foot deep gorge in Breaks Interstate Park has stirred up opposition. The proposed bridge would allow access into the Kentucky side of the park; however, the bridge which would connect the park to KY 80 would be visible from overlooks over the gorge in the park. Currently all of the development in the park has been on the Virginia side because there is no road access to the Kentucky side of the park. The primary feature of the park is a 5-mile long gorge through which the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River flows. The gorge is touted as being the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Residents fear that the bridge would open the park to commercialization.

More information: Associated Press: Bridge proposal stirs opposition; Foes Say Breaks No Place for Span (July 15, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
1 in 3 of Kentucky's Bridges Deficient
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 11:24AM CDT

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Thousands of states bridges need attention (July 10, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Budget Woes Slow Road Construction Projects
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:55AM CDT

The state's budget problems will prevent the transportation cabinet from completing projects on schedules. In some cases, projects which are already underway may be halted.

Projects cited are the reconstruction of the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265)/KY 22 interchange, widening of KY 70 in Hopkins County, and a bridge replacement project in Knott County.

More information: Associated Press: Transportation projects will be delayed because of budget woes (Jun. 16, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Congress Mulls Commercialization of Rest Areas
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:48AM CDT

Bowling Green Daily News: Commercialization of rest stops worries some biz owners (June 9, 2003) [Outside Link]

The United States Congress is considering eliminating the 47-year-old ban on the commercialization of rest areas. The Bowling Green Daily News examines what the affect of lifting the ban could be.

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[KY 1947]
No Takers for Carter County Bridge Giveaway; Bridge Collapses During Removal
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:14AM CDT

The transportation cabinet will be constructing a new bridge on KY 1947 in Carter County, but first the state needed to find something to do with the existing 1922 era bridge. The KYTC offered to give the bridge to a party that could reassemble it elsewhere; however, there were no takers. When contractors went to remove the bridge, the bridge collapsed. There were no injuries.

More information: Daily Independent: Can't give it away (June 10, 2003) [Outside Link], Daily Independent: Giveaway bridge in Grayson falls ... to pieces (June 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
Public Speaks Out About KY 645 Extension
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:08AM CDT

Public reaction to extending KY 645 from US 23 near Ulysses west to I-64 is mixed. Some claim it will cause environment havoc; others say it will improve the local economy.

More information: Daily Independent: Public speaks on 645 (June 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Lexington Summer Road Work Includes Modification to New Circle Road Nicholasville Road Exit
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 10:00AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County] [KY 4] [US 27]

A summer road project in Lexington will see the length of a ramp at New Circle Road and Nicholasville Road been extended by 850 feet and a new left-turn lane added.

More information: Herald-Leader: State plans to end gridlock on busy New Circle exit (May 30, 2003) [Outside Link], More Projects [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
US 60 Spottsville Bridge over Green River Struck by Barge; Closed
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:53AM CDT

The US 60 bridge over the Green River at Spottsville was struck by an Army Corps of Engineers barge at 10:30 CDT on May 29, 2003. The bridge was closed for repairs. Traffic was detoured on to the Audubon Parkway.

The Spottsville Bridge collapsed while it was under construction in 1931, killing three workers.

More information: Associated Press: Green River bridge hit by barge, closed indefinitely (May 29, 2003) [Outside Link], Henderson Gleaner: Bridge may be closed for two weeks (May 30, 2003) [Outside Link] (includes pictures)

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[US 68]
Paris Pike Project Wins Environmental Excellence Award
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:36AM CDT

The Paris Pike Project was one 12 projects chosen for an Environmental Excellence Award. The widening of the road was originally proposed in 1966; however, fears that the beauty of the road would be destroyed by widening delayed the project for years. The project follows the contours of the land, preserved trees along the road, and used wooden fences instead of traditional metal guardrails.

The project was also honored by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc, a not-for-profit group that advocated historic preservation in central Kentucky.

More information: Herald-Leader: Paris Pike Project Wins Award (Apr. 25, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Paris Pike Corridor Commission Wins Blue Grass Trust Preservation Award (June 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-265]
Deal Reached to Preserve Historic Properties Near Proposed Jefferson County Bridges; Money Allocated and Construction Could Start in Four Years
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:11AM CDT

The Indiana, Kentucky, and the Federal Highway Administration have reached a 40-page agreement with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation that is aimed to protect historic properties near the sites of the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville.

More information: Courier-Journal: Deal made to save sites by bridges (April 10, 2003) [Outside Link]

In other news, the Environmental Impact Study has been approved. The most recent federal budge includes $8 million to begin purchasing right of way, construction could start in four years, and the project should be complete by 2020. Total construction costs could be as much as $2.5 billion.

More information: Associated Press: Federal agency wants two bridges for Ohio River at Louisville (April 16, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: 2 bridges over Ohio could cost $2.5 billion (April 17, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Two companies vying for Ohio River bridges project (July 7, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridges project to get $9.8 million House panel expected to OK funds Monday (July 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 680]
Upcoming Floyd Road Projects Include Minnie-Harold Connector and KY 122 Rebuilding
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:04AM CDT

The state legislature has allocated $39 million for the reconstruction of KY 979 and KY 680 from Harold to Minnie in Floyd County. Additionally parts of KY 122 in Floyd County will be rebuilt.

Reference: Floyd County Times [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
US 231 Hadley Hill to be Straightened
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:46AM CDT
Topics: [US 231] [Warren County]

The state legislature has allocated $1.2 million to rebuild a steep and curvy section of US 231 just north of the Gasper River in Warren County. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2004.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Highway department plans to realign deadly Hadley Hill (Mar. 30, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Lexington's Richmond Road Being Widened to Six Lanes
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT

1.3 miles of Richmond Road are being widened to six-lanes.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established a website with information about the Richmond Road project at us25.ky.gov [Outside Link]. The site includes a construction schedule, maps of the project, and photographs relating to the project.

More information: Herald-Leader: Richmond Road work to begin Monday (Mar. 27, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky Tourism Promotion Shows New Hampshire Bridge
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:30AM CDT

An advertisement promoting Northern Kentucky's covered bridges apparently shows a New Hampshire covered bridge.

More information: Associated Press: Kentucky ad may show N.H. covered bridge (Mar. 27, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Oops! Kentucky tourism ad features New Hampshire bridge (Mar. 28, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
State Sets Up Pothole Hotline; Louisville Spends $500,000 Fixing Potholes
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:09AM CDT

The Bowling Green Daily News reports in this March 14, 2003 article [Outside Link] that Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has setup a pothole reporting hotline. The hotline can be reached at 1-800-PATCH-IT (1-800-728-2448). If the reported pothole is on a state-maintained road, the automated system reports it to the appropriate highway district. The City of Bowling Green also has its own pothole report phone number.

The Courier-Journal reports in this March 23, 2003 article [Outside Link] that Louisville Metro expected to spend $500,000 on repairing potholes.

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[Ironton-Russell Brudge]
Falcon Birdhouses Placed on Ironton-Russell Bridge
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:03AM CDT

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed falcon birdhouses on the Ironton-Russell Bridge. The birdhouses were placed on the opposite of the bridge from the sidewalk to discourage interaction between the birds and pedestrians on the bridge.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Falcon nests planned on bridge (March 13, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
New Aiken Road Bridge to be Built in Jefferson County
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 7:51AM CDT

The state's budge passed in March included money to build a new bridge over Floyds Fork in eastern Jefferson County. The existing one-lane bridge was closed to traffic in July 2002 when inspectors found that trucks were ignoring the 3-ton weight limit and the bridge deck was deteriorating rapidly. The Louisville Metro Government, who owns the bridge, planned to begin work to replace the bridge as soon as possible.

More information: Courier-Journal: Budget has $1.5 million for new Aiken Road bridge (March 12, 2003) [Outside Link] (includes picture of the bridge)

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[KY 32]
Winter Storms Damage Roads
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 7:30AM CDT

Winter storms and floods severely damaged several roads in Lawrence County.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Road woes remain - Crews to begin work on Ky. 32 (Mar. 11, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-264]
Shawnee Expressway Work Begins
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:56AM CDT

The western leg of I-264 in Louisville between US 60/US 31W and I-64 is known as the Shawnee Expressway. In March, the transportation cabinet began work to rehabilitate the concrete surface of the expressway and improve the expressway's landscaping. No additional lanes will be added. The transportation cabinet launched a web site about the project at www.264info.com [Outside Link].

More information: Courier-Journal: Shawnee Expressway work to begin (Mar. 5, 2003) [Outside Link], KYTC: Shawnee Expressway Project [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Work on Shawnee Expressway to start a few days early (March 19, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Black subcontractors sought for expressway work (Mar. 8, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71]
Road Crews Fix Accident Causing Potholes on I-71
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:32AM CDT

Large potholes were blamed for a series of wrecks on I-71 in Oldham County in February. One of the potholes was as large as five feet in diameter.

More information: Courier-Journal: I-71 road crews get their fill of accident-causing potholes (Feb. 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 Somerset to London Segment Cleared for Accelerated Environmental Review
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:30AM CDT

The Somerset-London segment of I-66 will receive an accelerated environment review from the United States Department of Transportation. This step moves the project years closer to construction.

The London Sentinel-Echo reported that this move angered I-66 protest groups.

More information: Herald-Leader: ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF I-66 ROUTE ACCELERATED (Mar. 1, 2003) [Outside Link]. Courier-Journal: Planned I-66 section to get expedited review (Mar. 1, 2003) [Outside Link], London Sentinel-Echo [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
UK, U of L, and KYTC Partner to Form the Academy for Community Transportation Innovation
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:23AM CDT

The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are using a $4.2 million federal grant obtained by Congressman Hal Rogers to from the Academy for Community Transportation Innovation. The Academy aims to foster community involvement to help in reducing congestion and improving the state's transportation system.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Better transportation aim of new group (Feb. 25, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Grant helps U of L, UK form transportation center (Feb. 25, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Exotic Species Will Not Be Used for US 119 Re-planting
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:02AM CDT

When a 7.2-mile long project to widen and straighten US 119 on Pine Mountain is complete, the state will not plant non-native plant species along the road. The road is near a state nature preserve, so the state plans to take steps to preserve the mountain ecosystem.

More information: Associated Press: Highway area to be safe from exotic plants (Feb. 7, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Warren County Road Projects
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:50AM CDT

A run down of Warren County area road projects:

  • I-65 construction between Bowling Green and Smiths Grove is complete. A few miles of the interstate near the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway are now under construction. This is part of a project to widen I-65 to six lanes from the Tennessee state line to Elizabethtown.
  • The new intersection between I-65 and Cemetery Road (KY 234) is complete and open. It is now Exit 26 on I-65.
  • Work to widen US 231 between Bowling Green and Alvaton is complete. Work has now started on the US 231 project to the south and east of Alvaton. US 231 is being widened to four lanes from Bowling Green to Scottsville.
  • The City of Bowling Green and Warren County are funding work to rebuild and widen Cave Mill Road from Scottsvile Road (US 231) to Dishman Lane.
  • The Natcher Parkway extension from I-65 to US 231 east of Bowling Green is still planned; however, there is currently no funding for the project.
  • The planning process for I-66 and the Bowling Green Beltline project continues.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Road improvements (Jan. 31, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Public will get view of plans for two roads (Feb. 6, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Road construction in area makes for dangerous driving (April 10, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: End in sight for construction on U.S. 231 (April 14, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Tolls to be halted on two roads (May 31, 2001) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Work starts on another section of Cave Mill (June 30, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Road paving will take place at night (July 12, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: ITA presents virtual transpark model (July 17, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 Carter County Rest Area Employees Receive Award
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:46AM CDT

The employees of the eastbound I-64 rest area near Grayson in Carter County received 2002 Best Maintained Rest Area Award from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Carter rest area workers honored (Jan. 31, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Scandal Coverage
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:42AM CDT

The transportation cabinet has run into a number of scandals of late. Here is a run down of articles related to the transportation cabinet's woes:

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[I-75]
Jessamine County Gains More Influence on Regional Transportation Panel; Wants to Study I-75 Connector
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:36AM CDT

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported in this January 28, 2003 article [Outside Link] that a proposed reorganization of Central Kentucky's only regional transportation-planning organization would give Jessamine County more influence over the panel. Jessamine County joined the organization in 1998 in the hoops of researching a connector route between Nicholasville and Interstate 75.

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[I-71] [I-75]
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek Federal Aid for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:24AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in this January 16, 2003 article [Outside Link] that leaders from the Cincinnati area planned to seek quick federal assistance in replacing the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge is route of I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River from Kentucky into Ohio.

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[I-75]
Site Feature: I-75 Clay's Ferry Bridge Photos
Posted: 16-Jul-2003 9:29AM CDT

When the first part of this bridge opened in 1946 it was the 7th tallest bridge in the United States. Today it is still an engineering wonder; two parallel bridges were joined together by a third bridge to form one continuous roadway. On July 5, 2003, I took these pictures of the I-75's crossing of the Kentucky River: the Clay's Ferry Bridge.

South end of the bridge viewed from KY 2328.
South end of the bridge viewed from KY 2328.
Looking south from underneath the bridge.
Looking south from underneath the bridge.
The central span of the bridge, viewed from KY 2328.
The central span of the bridge, viewed from KY 2328.
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[Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway]
Tolls Removed from Daniel Boone Parkway and Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway; Daniel Boone Parkway Renamed Hal Rogers Parkway
Posted: 15-Jul-2003 9:17AM CDT

Midnight June 1, 2003 marked the end of tolls on the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and the Daniel Boone Parkway. Transportation officials and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers commemorated the occasion on June 9 at the London toll both on the Daniel Boone Parkway. At the ceremony, Congressman Rogers personally manned a bulldozer and knocked over one of the toll booths. It was also revealed at this ceremony that the Daniel Boone Parkway would be renamed the Hal Rogers Parkway.

Read more for more information about Hal Rogers, the removal of tolls, pictures of the parkways, the renaming of the Daniel Boone Parkway, and the controversy it sparked.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Site Redesigned
Posted: 13-Jul-2003 12:28PM CDT
Topics: [Site Features]

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