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[The Ohio River]
Firm Picked to Design New Downtown Louisville Bridge
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:13PM CST

The engineering firm Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has been chosen to design the new downtown bridge that is part of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project. Designs for the bridge will eventually be presented at public meeting and displayed on www.kyinbridges.com [Outside Link]. Construction is tentatively expected to begin in 2007.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Press Release (Oct. 29, 2004) [Outside Link], The (Jeffersonville, IN) Evening News: Michael Baker Jr., Inc. firm to design downtown bridge (Oct. 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Pennsylvania company will design bridge (Oct. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 62]
Completion of New Kentucky Dam Lock Years Away
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:13PM CST

The completion of a new lock at Kentucky Dam is not expected until 2010 or 2011. Part of the project includes the relocation of US 62/US 641 and the Paducah & Louisville Railroad to new bridges downstream from the dam. Those bridges are currently under construction: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: TVA board applauds city, county growth (Oct. 28, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Morganfield Must Modify Ends of Railroad Street
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:13PM CST
Topics: [KY 56] [Union County] [US 60]

The city of Morganfield must modify the intersections at either end of Railroad Street before the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will issue permits for connections with US 60 and KY 56. The informal street sits on an abandoned Illinois Central railroad bed; Morganfield plans to pave the road and formalize its use as a city street.

More information: Union County Advocate: Morganfield will modify ends of street (Oct. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ashland Converts Streets from One-Way to Two-Way
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:12PM CST
Topics: [Boyd County]

The city of Ashland will change sections of 15th and 16th Streets into two-way thoroughfares: Ashland Daily Independent: Plans for street repairs tightened (Oct. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1120]
Lingering Reminders of Newport Bridge Work Deter Business
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:12PM CST

Despite the reopening of the 10th Street bridge in Newport, local business owners say lingering construction equipment and detour signs are hurting their businesses: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge work hurts shops (Oct. 28, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 431]
Owensboro Desires Farmview Connector, Wary of Plans to Widen US 431
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:58AM CDT

Owensboro officials hope to someday see a connector between Farmview Drive to Carpenter Drive; however, officials are wary of plans to widen US 431 from Owensboro to the Tennessee border: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: City seeks Farmview connector (Oct. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Tolling New Louisville Bridges Become Campaign Issue in Indiana
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:57AM CDT

The idea of tolling the two new proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville came to the forefront in Indiana's 9th District congressional race; however, the possibility of tolling the bridges is not currently being considered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Courier-Journal: Toll idea captures campaign in Indiana (Oct. 26, 2004) [Outside Link], (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: Hill, Sodrel battle over bridge tolls (Oct. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Section of Kentucky 80 Opens
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:57AM CDT

The Oct. 23, 2004 edition of the Murray Ledger & Times included photographs of the opening of a new section of KY 80 [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
LaGrange Residents Express Opinions for Downtown Traffic Plans
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:57AM CDT
Topics: [Shelby County]

At a recent public meeting, residents of LaGrange were able to show their support for one of the five plans to improve traffic flow in the city’s downtown. The changes are due, in part, to plans by CSX to renovate the railroad tracks that run down Main Street: Oldham County Era: Traffic proposals presented to residents (Oct. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
KY 55 Improvement Project Protested
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:56AM CDT
Topics: [KY 55] [Nelson County]

Last Wednesday, a group of concerned citizens proposed work to straighten a curve along KY 55 in Nelson County: (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: Group protests Big Spring road project (Oct. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
“Put the Brakes on Fatalities” Week Deemed a Success
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:56AM CDT

Transportation officials deemed the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” week to be a success. Fewer people died on Kentucky’s highways between Oct. 4-11 2004 than during the same period in 2003: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: "Put the Brakes on Fatalities in Kentucky" week deemed a success (Oct. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Left-over Bridge Money to be used to Upgrade Florence’s Industrial Road
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:56AM CDT

$10 million in federal funding that was at one time earmarked for the construction of a new bridge between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will now be used to upgrade Industrial Road in Boone and Kenton Counties: Cincinnati Enquirer: Industrial Road to get upgrade (Oct. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
KYTC Reviews US 60/KY 109 Intersection
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:56AM CDT
Topics: [Union County] [US 60]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently conducted a safety review at the intersection of KY 109 and US 60 in Sullivan: Union County Advocate: Traffic Engineers Conduct Safety Review on U.S. 60/Ky. 109 Intersection (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link], The Henderson Gleaner: High-tech help set for U.S. 60 intersection (Oct. 26, 2004) [Outside Link], Union County Advocate: Traffic Engineers Make Safety Recommendations for U.S. 60/KY 109 Intersection In Sullivan (Oct. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Public Meeting: Clays Mill Road Widening
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT
Topics: [Fayette County]

Last week the Lexington-Fayette County government held a public meeting to discuss plans to widen Clays Mill Road. Under the current plan, Clays Mill would be widened to three lanes—one lane in each direction and a continuous left turn lane—and five lanes at busy intersections. More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Public comment sought on Clays Mill widening (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3]
Lawrence County Again Refuses to Approve Renaming of Bridge
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT
Topics: [KY 3] [Lawrence County]

For the second time in two months, the Lawrence County Fiscal Court has rejected a motion to rename the KY 3 Levisa Fork bridge in honor of former Chief Justice of the United States Fred M. Vinson. The Louisa city council recently voted to support the renaming of the bridge; the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will make the final decision on whether or not to rename the bridge.

More information: Daily Independent: Court refuses again to endorse bridge name (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Firm Selected to Design I-65 Glendale Interchange
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has selected an engineering firm to discuss ways to improve access between I-65 and the southern Hardin County town of Glendale: Hardin County News Enterprise: Glendale project takes another step (Oct. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Cold Spring Launches 25-Year Plan to Rebuild Streets
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:55AM CDT
Topics: [Campbell County]

The city of Cold Spring in Campbell County has announced a 25-year plan to rebuild all city-maintained streets. The city was founded in 1941, and most of its streets are 25 to 30 years old.

More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Cold Spring to rebuild streets (Oct. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Upcoming Public Meeting: US 421 Improvements between I-71 and Bedford
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:54AM CDT

On Thursday, November 18, 2004 the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting to discuss improvements to US 421 from the interchange with I-71 in Henry County to Bedford in Trimble County. The meeting will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Bedford Elementary School.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: To Discuss A Study for the Improvement of US 421 From I-71 To Bedford [Outside Link]

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[KY 1120]
Reopening of Newport’s 10th Street Bridge Brings Traffic Back
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:59PM CDT

The reopening of the 10th Street bridge in Newport has caused traffic to return to streets that had been quiet since the bridge closed fro repairs in the spring: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge opens way for accelerated traffic: Residents (Oct. 19, 2004) [Outside Link], (Covington) Kentucky Post: Newport bridge opens after repairs (Oct. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Highway Litter Pickup Plan Unveiled in Louisville
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:59PM CDT

A $175,000 pilot program will pickup trash along Louisville’s major roads three times over the next 18 months: WAVE 3: Abramson Unveils Street Sweeping Program To Clean, Pick Up Litter On Major Roads (Oct. 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Program paves way for sweeping nearly 90 major suburban roads in Louisville (Oct. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Pendleton County’s Flour Creek Road to be Repaved with State Funds
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:58PM CDT

A $100,000 grant from the state government will pay for the repaving of four miles of Flour Creek Road in Pendleton Road. The county owned road has become a major route for trucks traveling between US 27 at Butler and the AA Highway at Foster. Pendleton County will have to pay to pave .3 miles of the road. The entire length of the road between KY 177 and KY 159 will be repaved for the first time in over 15 years.

More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Pendleton road to be repaved (Oct. 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Meeting for Goddard Covered Bridge to be Held
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:58PM CDT

A public meeting to discuss renovations to Fleming County’s Goddard Covered Bridge was to be held today: Maysville Ledger Independent: Meeting for Goddard Renovations Tuesday (Oct. 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Maysville Ledger Independent: Meeting outlines giving Goddard Bridge facelift it deserves (Oct. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1120]
Covington 12th Street Redevelopment Plan Unveiled
Posted: 19-Oct-2004 11:58PM CDT

Consultants under the hire of the Covington City Commission have developed a blueprint for the redevelopment of 12th Street. The redevelopment is designed to compliment the planned widening of 12th Street from I-75 to Scott Boulevard. Construction on the widening project is expected to begin in 2007.

More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: 12th Street to get new life (Oct. 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Section of KY 80 to Open in Jackson Purchase
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:33AM CDT

The recently created gap in KY 80 will be one step closer to closure on Thursday when an 8-mile section of newly constructed highway opens in Marshall and Calloway Counties. The new section of highway will complete the new four lane highway between Aurora and US 641 north of Murray. The new roads will be signed as KY 80.

Formally, KY 80 followed a two lane road between Aurora and Mayfield. That road has been renumbered as KY 402.

The next phase of the KY 80 widening project will be to construct a new highway between US 641 and Mayfield.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: New section of Ky. 80 to open next week (Oct. 16, 2004) [Outside Link], WPSD NewsChannel 6: New highway brings new warnings (Oct. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Right-of-Way Purchase for I-69 in Northwest Tennessee to Start in Early 2005
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [Interstate 69]

Kentucky’s neighbor to the south will move closer to construction of Interstate 69 next year. Right-of-way purchase for the route in Obion County, Tennessee is expected to start in early 2005.

More information: Union City Messenger: Rippy heralds economic good news (Oct. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 42]
US 42/US 127 Union Bypass Opens
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County] [US 127] [US 42]

A new bypass of Union in Kenton County has opened; however, the lack of sewers will slow development in the area: Kentucky Post: New U.S. 42 awaits sewer system (Oct. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Teen Church Group Suggests Safety Improvements for Russellville Bypass
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [KY 79] [KY 80] [Logan County] [US 68]

Following an accident at the intersection of KY 79 and the US 68/KY 80 Bypass in Russellville, a youth group from Oak Grove Baptist Church wrote to the Logan County Fiscal Court suggesting safety improvements at intersections along the bypass: Logan County News-Democrat & Leader: Church teens seek more Bypass safety measures (Oct. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ashland’s Sixth Street Reopens
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [Boyd County]

Ashland’s Sixth Street reopened this week after being closed since late July for a widening project. The project is related to the new Melody Mountain shopping development—a development that will include a Wal-Mart, Outback, and O’Charley’s.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Sixth Street open again (Oct. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
US 31W Targeted for Safety Attention
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT

US 31W has been identified as the most dangerous road in the Barren River Area Development District. In response to this, a $247,000 federal grant will be used to develop safety programs related to the highway.

More information: Franklin Favorite: U.S. 31-W targeted for attention (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Webster County Fiscal Court Considers Paving All County Roads
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT
Topics: [Webster County]

During a discussion of the condition of roads through out the county at the September 27 meeting of the Webster County Fiscal Court, Judge Executive Jim Townsend proposed paving all of the roads in the county. Under the proposal the county would borrow around $5 million to cover the paving costs, and then pay off the money over a ten to twelve year period. The fiscal court must now choose whether or not to act on the proposal.

It was also suggested that logging companies purchase permits before hauling logs over county roads. This would allow the county to monitor damage caused to roads by logging operations.

More information: Webster County Journal Enterprise: Fiscal Court concerned over county road conditions (Sept. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3]
Louisa Votes to Rename Bridge
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT
Topics: [KY 3] [Lawrence County]

The Louisa City Council voted last week to support the renaming of the Louisa-Fort Gay Bridge over the Big Sandy River in honor of Fred M. Vinson, the 13th chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Vinson was born in and is buried in Louisa. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet must now approve the proposal.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Louisa votes to rename bridge in honor of Vinson (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Ceremonial Painting Marks Start of Kennedy Bridge Repainting Project
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT

The ceremonial painting of a beam at Louisville’s Waterfront Park marked the beginning of a multi-year project to repaint I-65’s bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge will be painted in a scheme consisting of three colors: green, beige and chestnut brown. The project is also being staged in such away to limit the impact on motorists. Usually, at most one lane in either direction will be closed; however, two lanes may be closed between the hours of 1am-5am throughout the duration of the project. The pain job is expected to last for 30 to 40 years.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Ceremonial Painting On Louisville's Kennedy Bridge Marks Beginning Of Project (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
September Transportation Konnection
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:29AM CDT

The September 2004 edition of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s newsletter, the Transportation Konnection, has been posted to the KYTC’s web site [Outside Link].

Interesting items in September’s Konnection are:

  • Information about “Put the Brakes on Fatalities” day,
  • Information about another award for the Paris Pike Project,
  • Information about photograph of the ground breaking for Ken Bale Boulevard in Bowling Green,
  • Photographs of the reconstruction interchange between the Western Kentucky Parkway and KY 259 near Leitchfield, and
  • Photographs from the Simon Kenton Bridge rededication ceremony.

Download: [Transportation Konnection September 2004] (2MB)

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[US 51]
Final Report on Proposed Improvements to US 51 near Clinton
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 4:00AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning has released its final report on proposed spot improvements to US 51 in the vicinity of Clinton.

More information: KYTC Division of Planning: US 51 Scoping Studies Final Report (Sept. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Recent KYTC Press Releases
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:58AM CDT
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[I-66]
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:56AM CDT
  • October 26: Public meeting to discuss the replacement of the KY 2448 crossing of the North Fork of the Kentucky River. (6PM-8PM at the Hazard City Hall) [more information [Outside Link]]

  • November 4: Public hearing to discuss the reconstruction of KY 52 in Garrard and Madison counties. (5PM-8PM at Paint Lick Elementary School) [more information [Outside Link]]

  • November 9: Public meeting to discuss alternatives for a proposed route between the AA Highway at Tollesboro and US 68 at Fairview. (5PM-7PM in the Fleming RECC Meeting Room in Flemingsburg) [more information [Outside Link]]

  • November 29, 30: Public meeting to discuss construction of the new Interstate 66 between Somerset and London. (Nov. 29 5PM-8PM at London Community Center and Nov. 30 5PM-8PM at The Center for Rural Development in Somereset) [more information [Outside Link]]
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Webster County Targets Sign Thieves, Offers Amnesty
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:55AM CDT
Topics: [Webster County]

A recent meeting of the Webster County fiscal court addressed sign theft. Webster County offers a $1000 for tips leading to the arrest and conviction and sign thieves. The court is also offering amnesty to those wishing to turn over stolen signs. The amnesty program ends Oct. 31.

More information: Webster County Journal-Enterprise: County approves issuance of revenue bonds (Oct. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Committee Discusses US 60 Traffic Safety
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:55AM CDT

The US 60 Highway Safety Corridor committee met in September to discuss using a team concept to increase safety along US 60 in Hancock, Daviess, Henderson, and Union counties: Union County Advocate: Highway safety meeting today in Owensboro (Sept. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Explosives Found Near Marshall County Bridge
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT

A crew cleaning the Clarks River discovered a cache of seven 40mm grenade rounds and approximately 50 20mm and 50-caliber rounds near the KY 1462 (Benton-Birmingham Road) crossing of the river. The explosives were removed and safely detonated at the Marshall County Landfill.

More information: Marshall County Sheriff’s Department: Explosives found in Clarks River (Oct. 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Morganfield Seeks Bids to Pave Street along Abandoned Railroad Corridor
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT
Topics: [Union County]

The city of Morganfield is seeking bids for a project to pave over the abandoned Illinois Central railroad corridor between Airline Road and Chapman Street. Illinois Central stopped server in Union County “a generation” ago; however, part of the line was operated by the Tradewater Railroad Co. The city acquired the property several years ago, and it has been used as a street informally known as Railroad Street.

Now the Morganfield city government hopes to pave the street and rename it honor of retiring City Councilwoman Dorothy Crutcher and her late husband Norval Crutcher.

More information: Union County Advocate: Paving bids sought for Railroad St. (Sept. 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Plans to Rename Owensboro Street Divides Neighborhood
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County]

A proposal to rename parts of Fifth Street Road and Sixth Street Road in Owensboro has exposed differing opinions from area residents: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Resident objects to renaming of road; City: West Fifth Street Road name confusing (Sept. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

The new name for both streets would be Cravens Street.

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[I-75]
Revised Jessamine County Land Use Plans Includes I-75 Connector
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:54AM CDT

The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Joint Planning Commission recently approved a revision to the comprehensive Jessamine County land use plan. The new plan includes a new connector route from Nicholasville to I-75. The route starts at the proposed Nicholasville eastern bypass and extends to the north-east towards Fayette County. The plan does not indicate that the route will be constructed; nor does it show the final alignment of any such route. It was included in the plan only to show that such a route may someday be constructed.

The route also removes plans for a proposed “shared-use trail” along an old railroad corridor between Wilmore and High Bridge. Local residents had feared such a trail would bring crime and trespassers.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Land-use plan for Jessamine approved (Oct. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
New Route in Indiana Provides new Route to I-64
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:53AM CDT

A new connector route in Indiana provides a new route from Hawesville to I-64 in southern Indiana. The new Indiana 237 connects the Bob Cummings Bridge over the Ohio River at Hawesville to Indiana 37 and I-64.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Connector to I-64 opens in Perry County (Oct. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge Rededicated
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:52AM CDT

In late September, the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridges was rededicated following a multiyear rehabilitation project. The bridge was originally dedicated Nov. 25, 1931. In addition to numerous local and state officials, two women who participated at the original dedication ceremony were on hand.

More information: The (Maysville, Ky.) Ledger Independent: Bridge Rededicated Following Upgrade (Sept. 24, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Holds Opening Ceremony for Simon-Kenton Bridge (Sept. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
US 231 Hadley Hill Work Planned for Next Year
Posted: 13-Oct-2004 2:32AM CDT
Topics: [US 231] [Warren County]

A contract for a project to reconstruct the US 231 ascent of Hadley Hill in northwestern Warren County will be let in April of next year. The $1 million project will straighten a series of curves that have been the sight of numerous accidents over the years: Bowling Green Daily News: Hadley Hill curve to get improvement (Oct. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Road Construction on US 41A to Cause Delays at Fort Campbell Gate 7
Posted: 13-Oct-2004 2:32AM CDT

Road construction on Fort Campbell Boulevard (US 41A) will cause delays at Fort Campbell’s Gate 7: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Road construction to cause fort delays (Oct. 6, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
KY 55 Bloomfield Project to Begin Today
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 1:25AM CDT
Topics: [KY 55] [Nelson County]

A project to reconstruct a half-mile segment of KY 55 near the Big Spring Cemetery in Bloomfield was scheduled to begin today. Area resident have expressed some concern that about the impact the project will have the nature of the nearby cemetery.

More information: The (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: KY 55 road project begins Monday (Oct. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Parts of US 23, KY 67, KY 207 Closed after Chemical Leak
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 1:25AM CDT

A chemical leak at a DuPont plant near Wurtland forced the closure of roads in the area: Associated Press: Highway closed during chemical leak from DuPont plant (Oct. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 645]
KY 645 Extension Planning Still Active
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 1:24AM CDT

Planning continues for a proposed project to extend KY 645 from its current terminus at US 23 to I-64 near Morehead. No money has been allocated for construction of the project; however, a $500,000 feasibility study has been ongoing since 2002. The study will help determine whether such a route is needed and present preliminary alternatives for the route.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ky. 645 extension still on track (Oct. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 Bridge and Repaving Work to Finish in December
Posted: 12-Oct-2004 1:24AM CDT

A repaving and bridge rehabilitation project on I-64 near the Rowan/Bath County line is expected to complete in December. Three miles of the road are being repaved, and the deck of the Licking River bridge is being overlaid with a latex concrete. The latex concrete will serve to waterproof the bridge and extend its lifetime.

More information: The Morehead News: I-64 bridge on Rowan line to be done in December (Oct. 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Project Begins
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:50PM CDT

After years of delays and scandals, another project to repaint the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville has begun. The $8.7 million project has a deadline of July 31, 2006. The bridge was last painted in the 1970s.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge paint job starts (Oct. 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 42]
US 42/US 127 Union Bypass Nearly Complete
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:49PM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [US 127] [US 42]

A new bypass of the Boone County town of Union is nearly complete: Kentucky Post: U.S. 42 in Union nearing completion (Oct. 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Turfway Road Widening Project Planned for Spring
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:49PM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [KY 1017]

A project to widen Turfway Road in Boone County is planned to begin this spring: Kentucky Post: $8.7M Turfway Road project set (Sept. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Tebbs Bend Bridge to be Repaired
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:49PM CDT
Topics: [Taylor County]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has allocated $100,000 to repair the Tebbs Bend Bridge over the Green River in Taylor County. The bridge was closed after annual inspections found it to be deficient; the repairs will be temporary. A permanent replacement is planned for 2008.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: Historic bridge will be repaired (Sept. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Work Begins on New Connector Route in Bowling Green
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:49PM CDT
Topics: [Warren County]

The City of Bowling Green, state government, and private investors are contributing funds to the construction of a new 5-lane connector route from Scottsville Road (US 231) to Shive Lane. The new route will provide access to new commercial developments.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Bale Boulevard aimed at easing congestion, building business (Sept. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Elizabethtown-to-Radcliff Connector Public Meeting Held
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:48PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently held a public meeting to discuss alternatives for the construction of a new connector route between Elizabethtown and Radcliff: The (Hardin County) News-Enterprise: State officials solicit input on E'town-Radcliff connector (Sept. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Construction of West Loop Begins in Owensboro
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:48PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County]

Construction of a new connector route from Southtown Boulevard to Frederica Street (US 431) in Owensboro southern commercial area: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Work to start on West Loop; Project to take 9 months (Sept. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Covington Continues Battle with CSX over Bridge
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:48PM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County]

The city of Covington continues its fight with CSX over the appearance of railroad overpass at the intersection of 15th and Wheeler: The (Covington) Sunday Challenger: The Big Engine That Won't - Covington Battles Railroad Giant (Sept. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Bowling Green’s Greenway Commission Discusses Riverfront
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:47PM CDT
Topics: [Warren County]

At a meeting September, Bowling Green’s Greenway Commission discussed plans for both side of the Barren River near downtown: Bowling Green Daily News: Greenways group discusses trails around riverfront (Sept. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 70]
Road Named in Honor of Artificial Heart Patient
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:47PM CDT

A stretch of KY 70 in Muhlenberg County has been renamed in honor of Tom Christerson. Christernson lived with an artificial heart for 17 months, longer than any other artificial heart patient. Christernson died February 7, 2003.

More information: Associated Press: Artificial heart pioneer to get memorial highway (Sept. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bridge Engineering Firms from across the US Compete to Design Louisville Bridges
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:47PM CDT

Five of the nation’s largest bridge designers will submit designs for the two new bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville. Area leaders want the bridges to be signature pieces that help define the Louisville metropolitan area. Designs for the new bridges are expected to be chosen this fall: Courier-Journal: Top firms compete to design 2 new bridges (Sept. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

Courier-Journal columnist Bob Hill asked his readers to send him essays describing designs for the bridge: Courier-Journal: Bridge design needs some local flavor (Sept. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Scooters Overrun Paintsville
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:47PM CDT
Topics: [Johnson County]

Disabled citizens on motorized scooters have taken to the streets in Paintsville, and the increase scooter traffic has lead to calls to build new sidewalks in the Eastern Kentucky community: Associated Press: Riding uneasily in Paintsville (Sept. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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