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[KY 15]
Contract Awarded for KY 15 Project
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:50AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a contract for construction of 3.4 mile section of KY 15 between Jackson and Campton: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Awards Contract for Reconstruction of Kentucky 15 (Jan. 18, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Coal-Hauling Roads Found to be Twice as Deadly
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:50AM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that roads on which coal is hauled have twice as many deadly accidents as other roads: Lexington Herald-Leader: Coal-hauling roads: twice as deadly (Jan. 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Fight for the Big Four Bridge May Finally be Over
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:49AM CST

A developer may finally give up his fight to stop the city of Louisville from condemning the abandoned Big Four railroad bridge over the Ohio River after the Kentucky Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision: Lousville Courier-Journal: Bridge walkway appears likely (Jan. 14, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: City's Fight For Bridge May Be Over (Jan. 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Abandoned Wabash River Railroad Bridge Washed Out by Flood
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:49AM CST

A section of an abandoned railroad bridge across the Wabash River was washed out by recent flood waters. The bridge was most recently used by Indiana Hi-Rail and had previously been used by the Illinois Central railroad. The bridge sits immediately upstream from the I-64 Wabash River crossing: Evansville Courier & Press: Railroad bridge swept away in flood (Jan. 12, 2005) [Outside Link], Evansville Courier & Press: Will the levee hold? (Jan. 13, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Former CSX Official Appointed as Transportation Cabinet Chief of Staff
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:49AM CST

Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently appointed former CSX Louisville Vice President Jim Adams as Chief of Staff at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Governor appoints Louisville businessman to new position in Transportation (Jan. 10, 2005) [Outside Link], Business First of Louisville: Former CSX official joins Transportation Cabinet (Jan. 11, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Kentucky's New License Plate]
“Unbridled Spirit” Logo Makes Its Way onto Driver’s Licenses
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:48AM CST

The state’s new “Unbridled Spirit” logo is now appearing on new driver’s licenses. The new driver’s licenses look the same as the old licenses, except the old Kentucky logo in the upper left hand corner of the card is replaced with the new logo.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentuckians can now see "Unbridled Spirit" in their wallets (Jan. 11, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Swollen Streams Force Several Road Closures Statewide
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 7:15PM CST
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As of 1:00pm Eastern Time today, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Operations Center reports that the following roads are closed due to high water or rock slides:

Boone County: KY 20 (milepost 2 to 4); KY 1292 (milepost 2.50 because of a rock slide); KY 2852 (milepost 0 to 1)

Butler County: KY 403 (milepost 4 to 5)

Campbell County: KY 10 (milepost 10.60 because of a rock slide); KY 1566 (milepost 0 to 1.81); KY 1936 (milepost 1.20 because of a rock slide); KY 2921 (milepost 0 to 0.68); KY 2924 (milepost 1.70 because of a rock slide)

Carlisle County: KY 1628 (milepost 3 to 4); KY 1820 (milepost 2 to 3)

Fulton County: KY 1129 (milepost 0 to 9.64); KY 1354 (milepost 0 to 0.40)

Hancock County: KY 334 (milepost 18 to 19)

Henderson County: KY 136 (milepost 0 to 7); KY 268 (milepost 6 to 7); KY 414 (milepost 0 to 0.84); KY 811 (milepost 3 to 6); KY 3522 (milepost 0 to 0.39)

Hickman County: KY 123 (milepost 14 to 16)

Union County: KY 667 (milepost 0 to 16.54); KY 1452 (milepost 0 to 1.98); KY 1637 (milepost 0 to 2.96); KY 130 (milepost 16 to 16.02); KY 668 (milepost 0 to 1); KY 871 (milepost 3 to 6); KY 1508 (milepost 3 to 6)

Up-to-date road conditions can be found at: www.511.ky.gov [Outside Link]

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: More roads through out Kentucky shut down because of high water, rock slides (Jan. 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roundabouts Coming to Northern Kentucky
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST

Roundabouts are proposed for several intersections in Northern Kentucky, and in order to help drivers adjust the Northern Kentucky Planning Commission is sponsoring a Roundabout Workshop this evening: Cincinnati Enquirer: N.Ky. faces learning curve on roundabouts (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 found to be State’s Deadliest Road
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST

Records show that US 23 is the state’s deadliest roadway: Lexington Herald-Leader: Memorials every few miles on U.S. Highway 23 (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Structurally Sound
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST

A recent report finds that the Brent Spence Bridge will remain structurally sound for at least the next 16 years so long as the bridge receives regular maintenance. This contradicts a 1999 study that found the bridge’s structural integrity would fail within 15 years.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Interstate 71/75 span ruled sound (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Land between the Lakes Project Public Meeting Will be Held this Spring
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST

A meeting to discuss the proposed widening of US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes will be held sometime this spring: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Road projects through LBL subject of hearing (Jan. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 7]
Rock Fall Closes Part of KY 7
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST
Topics: [KY 7] [Morgan County]

A rock fall has forced the emergency closure of part of KY 7 just north of West Liberty: WAVE 3: Rockfall Closes KY 7 North Of West Liberty (Jan. 5, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Winter Storm Snow/Ice Removal Cost State $7.1 Million
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:17PM CST

Work to remove snow and ice from state roadways after the pre-Christmas winter storm cost the state $7.1 million: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Record-Breaking Winter Storm Costs State $7.1 Million (Dec. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Prestonsburg Mayor’s Road Renaming Raises Legal Questions
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:17PM CST
Topics: [Floyd County]

Prestonsburg’s mayor has been on a street renaming spree that has raised questions over whether he has the authority to rename state maintained roads: Lexington Herald-Leader: Renaming road snares mayor in legal tussle (Jan. 2, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State asked to decide whether mayor can rename road (Jan. 2, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
Shelbyville Bypass Still on Track
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:17PM CST
Topics: [KY 55] [Shelby County] [US 60]

Construction of the proposed Shelbyville bypass is still on track to begin this year. The state transportation cabinet is in the process of purchasing the right of way for the project, and contracts for the construction of the project are scheduled to be let in March. The bypass will connect KY 55 at US 60 south of Shelbyville with KY 55 north of town.

More information: Shelbyville Sentinel-News: Officials: Bypass still on track (Dec. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Local Leaders Believe Recent Re-opening of US 119 to Truck Traffic Will Spark Economic Growth
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:16PM CST

Area leaders believe the recent re-opening of the US 119 Pine Mountain crossing to commercial traffic will spark economic growth in Letcher County: WYMT Mountain News: Community Leaders Say Re-Opening of Road Could Spark Economy (Dec. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3350]
Flashing Warning Light Installed on Campbellsville Bypass
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:16PM CST

In response to residents’ concerns a flashing warning light has been installed at the intersection of Old Hodgenville Road and the new Campbellsville North Bypass. Despite data to the contrary, many residents feel that intersection is the most dangerous in the area. More information: Cental Kentucky News-Journal: Bypass gets flashing light (Dec. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KYTC Thanks National Guard for Winter Storm Help
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:16PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sent their thanks to the Kentucky National Guard for helping respond to the pre-Christmas winter storm: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says "Thanks" to Kentucky National Guard (Dec. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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