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July 2004

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[New Route]
Glasgow Seeks Name for New Outer Loop
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

The city of Glasgow is holding a contest to select a name for the new outer loop. The contest is open to residents of Barren County who are 18 years of age or older. For more details on how to submit a suggestion see the city of Glasgow web site [Outside Link]. The final name for the new road will be selected by a committee composed of city leaders and the Barren County judge executive. The submitter of the winning name will receive a $100 gift certificate.

More information: Glasgow Daily Times: City to sponsor contest: Suggestions sought to name new outer loop (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Bridge Engineer Dies at 71
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

Carl Kroboth, an engineer who designed several bridges and highways in Kentucky, died of cancer on Friday at the age of 71. The University of Kentucky graduate founded Kroboth Engineers, which designed the Western Kentucky Parkway bridge over the Green River and the Blue Grass parkway bridge over the Kentucky River. He retired in 1995.

More information: Associated Press: Carl Kroboth, bridge engineer, dies at 71 (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Section of KY 80 west of Murray Starting to Take Shape
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

With work to construct a new four lane section of KY 80 between Aurora and US 641 north of Murray nearly completed, focus has shifted to the next stage of the project: construction of another new four lane section between US 641 and Mayfield. The Graves/Calloway County is currently in the grade-and-drain phase of construction. Surfacing of the highway will not begin for sometime, and the road will not be open to traffic for several years.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: Ky. 68/80 section moving west into Graves County (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) will escort U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Emil Frankel and local officials on a tour of the Brent Spence Bridge this Monday: Cincinnati Post: Voinovich aids bridge project (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: Voinovich, U.S. official to tour Brent Spence (July 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

David Jones, the new chief highway engineer at the Department of Highways District 6 office, says the Brent Spence Bridge project will not be ignored: Cincinnati Enquirer: New leader says Brent Spence won't be ignored (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1120]
Covington 12th Street Widening Public Meeting to be Held
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to discuss plans to widen 12th Street in Covington. The project to widen the two lane road into a four lane highway will require the razing of fifty homes and businesses along the highway. Construction is expected to begin in 2007 and would last for two years.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Street project frays nerves; Twelfth Street Tired if Delays (July 11, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Public can weigh in on 12th Street project (July 7, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Louisville Wins another Round in Fight to Obtain Rights to the Big Four Bridge
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that Louisville may condemn the Big Four Bridge and incorporate it into plans for a waterfront park. The railroad bridge was abandoned in 1969 after the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads and has sat unused since. The city would like to turn the bridge into a pedestrian walkway over the Ohio River. Despite losing yet another round in the legal battle for the bridge, a lawyer representing the current owners of the bridge plan to continue fighting.

More information: Courier-Journal: City wins another ruling in bridge battle (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Appeals Court gives city another win in effort to acquire bridge (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Three Western Kentucky Bridges to Receive Solar Powered Navigation Lights
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

The US 51/US 60/US 62 bridge at Wickliffe, the US 45 bridge at Paducah, and the KY 56 bridge in Union County will all received new solar powered river navigation lights: USATODAY.com: Kentucky (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
State’s Statewide Highway Information Line Receives Millionth Call
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

Kentucky’s statewide highway information line which can be reached by calling 511 from anywhere in the state has received its millionth call. The service began in November 2003 and currently receives an average of 80,000 calls per month.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky’s 511 Traffic and Travel Line Receives Millionth Call (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Preliminary Alternatives Chosen for Old Henry Road-Crestwood Connector Project
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:15AM CDT

The Oldham Era reports that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet his recently reported its preliminary preferred alternatives for a new route connecting Old Henry Road in Jefferson County to the community of Crestwood in Oldham County. The four mile highway is expect to requite the razing of one home: Oldham Era: State chooses plan for bypass (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

More information on the project can be found on the official website for the project [Outside Link].

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[US 25]
Kenton County’s Dixie Highway Might go on a Diet
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:15AM CDT

At a recent meeting of the Dixie Highway Corridor Advisory Committee several ideas were proposed for reducing congestion on Dixie Highway in Kenton County. Among the proposals were construction of traffic roundabouts at several intersections, coordination of traffic lights, and a road “diet.” The diet would consist of reducing the highway from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction and adding a continuous center left turn lane. None of these proposals are final, and the group is expected to publish a report on possible solutions in June of 2005.

More information: Kentucky Post: Highway May Get New Look (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Work to Replace Overpass at US 41/US 60 Interchange in Henderson Closes Roadway for Several Nights
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:15AM CDT

Work to demolish an overpass in order to make way for its replacement forces the closure of the US 41/US 60 cloverleaf interchange in Henderson this weekend: The Henderson Gleaner: For next three nights, U.S. 41-Bypass to be shut down at the cloverleaf (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

One ramp in the interchange complex will be close for sixty days: The Henderson Gleaner: Cloverleaf ramp closing for sixty days (July 7, 2004) [Outside Link]The Henderson Gleaner: Cloverleaf ramp closes today (July 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 70]
KY 70 Realignment in Eubank Progressing
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:14AM CDT
Topics: [KY 70] [Pulaski County] [US 27]

Somerset’s Commonwealth Journal reports that work to realign KY 70 near Eubank has become visible to passing motorists. The realignment project involves the construction of an overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The new overpass will eliminate a narrow tunnel under the railroad from KY 70’s path. The project is around 25 percent complete and scheduled for completion in spring 2005: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Realigned KY 70 route becoming clearly visible (July 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Maysville Replaces Downtown Stop Lights with Stop Signs
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:14AM CDT
Topics: [Mason County]

As part of a project to spruce up downtown, Maysville is removing some stoplights in favor of stop signs: Maysville Ledger Independent: Lights out in Maysville; Stop signs spring up downtown (July 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 245]
KY 245 Widening Project Delayed
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:14AM CDT
Topics: [KY 245] [Nelson County]

The scheduled completion of part of a project to widen KY 245 between Bardstown and Clermont has been pushed back due to delays during utility relocation: The (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: KY 245 widening project delayed (July 7, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 16]
KY 16 Reconstruction Delayed Due to Budget Problems
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County] [KY 16]

Money to begin a project to widen KY 16 in Northern Kentucky is being delayed due to the state’s current budget situation: Cincinnati Enquirer: Ky. 16 awaits funding (July 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Fifty-five Elk Collisions Reported Since 1998
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT

There have been fifty-five reported vehicle-elk collisions since a program to reintroduce elk to Kentucky begin in 1998: Associated Press: Since 1998, motorists in Kentucky have collided with 55 elk (July 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Covington Cites CSX for Rusting Bridge
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County]

Covington officials have cites CSX for failing to maintain the appearance of a railroad overpass. The bridge at the intersection of 15th and Wheeler streets was last painted in 1978: Cincinnati Enquirer: Covington officials cite CSX for bridge 'eyesore' (July 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Cracks Down on Overweight Coal Trucks
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:13AM CDT

Officers for the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement bureau have recently staged a crack down on overweight coal trucks: Lexington Herald-Leader: State targets coal trucks (July 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
“Be Patient”
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:12AM CDT

The Herald-Leader reports that Kentucky will see roadwork on its major interstates for years to come: Lexington Herald-Leader: Expect some delays (July 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

The state currently plans on widening all of I-75 and I-65 and a large section of I-64 to more than four lanes. Work to widen I-75 is currently furthest along: 105 miles of I-75’s 192 miles in Kentucky are currently six lanes or wider.

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bridge Targeted By Vandals
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:12AM CDT

The Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington has recently been targeted by vandals. One of the stone supports under the Covington approach has been covered in graffiti in recent weeks: Kentucky Post: Vandals Deface Historic Bridge (July 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Prestonsburg Area Truckers Stage Protest
Posted: 1-Jul-2004 2:46AM CDT
Topics: [Floyd County] [KY 80] [US 23]

Prestonsburg area truckers staged a protest along US 23 yesterday. The truckers claim that enforcement of rules governing the weight of trucks is unfair: Floyd County Times: Truckers line up along highway to seek reforms (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71]
Fatal Accident on I-71 Reroutes Traffic
Posted: 1-Jul-2004 2:45AM CDT

Two accidents on I-71, one resulting in a fatality, forced the temporary closure of the highway yesterday evening. As of last night the name of the victim had not been released: Courier-Journal: Interstate 71 crash leaves one dead (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link], WKYT: I-71 Crash Kills One, Reroutes Traffic (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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