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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge to be Repainted
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:35AM CDT

A project to repaint the Shawneetown Bridge will result in lane closures lasting through most of next year: The Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown Bridge to be painted, causing long-term lane closures (Aug. 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Heartland Parkway Meeting Draws a Variety of Responses
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

A meeting presenting a number of proposals for the Heartland Parkway brought a variety of responses: Central Kentucky News Journal: Opinions vary about Heartland Parkway options (Aug. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-75]
Jessamine County Officials Revive Plan for I-75 Connector
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

Jessamine County officials have resurrected plans for a route to connect Nicholasville to I-75: Kentucky Herald-Leader: Jessamine planners revive I-75 connector (Aug. 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Indiana to Split Costs of Painting Kennedy Bridge
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

Under the terms of a little publicized agreement signed shortly before the bridge’s 1963 opening, Indiana is entitled to pay for half the costs of repainting the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River. Indiana has reimbursed $4 million for costs incurred so far: Courier-Journal: Indiana to split cost of painting I-65 span (July 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
“Hoax” Claims Mountain Parkway Rest Area to be Closed
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

In late July, someone posted signs at the Slade rest area claiming that the Mountain Parkway’s only rest area would be closed. The signs suggested that motorists call Frankfort to stop the closing; however, the state has no plans to close the rest area. Though, the state is looking for someone else to take on the financial responsibility of running the facility: Lexington Herald-Leader: Mountain Parkway rest area to stay open (July 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Try this slogan: Don't mess with our rest area (July 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
KYTC Presents Warren County Traffic Proposals
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

At a July meeting, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented a number of ideas for improving traffic flow in and around Bowling Green. The plans include widening portions of I-65, Scottsville Road, and Nashville Road and the construction of new highway corridors that would provided access to the Natcher Parkway and I-65: Bowling Green Daily News: Public gets look at big picture for traffic flow (July 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

In other Warren County news, archaeologists are conducting a study of areas along a planned extension of Veterans Memorial Way into downtown: Bowling Green Daily News: Archaeologists digging through trash to find Bowling Green history (July 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
States Seek Design for new Louisville Bridges
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT

Kentucky and Indiana have begun soliciting bids for design work related to the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville: Business First of Louisville: States seek design for Ohio River Bridges (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridge designs sought (July 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

The State of Indiana has already awarded contracts for the design and engineering of the Indiana bridge approaches: Business First of Louisville: Indiana names contractors for its portion of bridges project (July 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Construction Begins on New Speedway Connector Route
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT

Construction has begun a new route connecting the new exit 55 interchange on I-71 to the Markland Dam Bridge over the Ohio River has begun. The $17 million five mile project is expected to be complete in Spring 2006: Cincinnati Enquirer: Speedway road work to begin (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
Kentucky’s Oft Derided License Plate Wins National Award
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
Topics: [License Plates]

Kentucky’s “Mr. Smiley” license plate, which has been the object of much derision since its introduction last year, has received the 2003 Best License Plate Award from the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kentucky's controversial tag is rated best in nation (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link], WVIT: License Plate Club Brakes For Bluegrass State (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
News Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:32AM CDT
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Floyd County Community to Be Relocated to Higher Ground
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:31AM CDT
Topics: [Floyd County]

A federally backed project to move the Floyd County town of Martin from its flood prone location to an area above the flood plain began in July. The $97-million federally funded project is expected to last eight years.

More information: WKYT: Massive Town Relocation Project Underway (July 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 210]
Traffic on KY 210 Becoming a Problem for Campbellsville
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:31AM CDT

Traffic shifts caused by new commercial developments and the closing of a Fruit of the Loom plant in Campbellsville have caused congestion at the intersection of KY 210 and US 68: Central Kentucky News-Journal: KY 210 traffic becoming a problem (July 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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