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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Campbellsville Says No to "Children at Play" Signs
Posted: 31-Oct-2005 2:40PM CST
Topics: [Taylor County]

The city of Campbellsville is refusing to install "Children at Play" signs on a city street and claiming that such signs are illegal in Kentucky because they give children the right of way to play in the street. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says that while the installation of such signs is discouraged, they are not illegal and do not give children right of way.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: City says no to signs (Oct. 30, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 32]
Rowan County KY 32 Project Nearly Half Finished
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:47PM CST
Topics: [KY 32] [Rowan County]

A project to reconstruct part of KY 32 in Rowan County is nearly half completed: Morehead News: KY 32 widening project nearly half finished (Oct. 25, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 8]
State’s First Geofoam Roadway Expected to open Ahead of Schedule
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expected to open the state’s first roadway constructed on a foam base ahead of schedule. A one-mile section of KY 8 along the bank of the Ohio River in Campbell County is being reconstructed in attempt to prevent problems with cracking and slipping of the road.

More information: Kentucky Post: Geofoam roadway to open in weeks (Oct. 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 31E]
US 31E Nelson County Route Chosen
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST
Topics: [Nelson County] [US 31]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced a preferred route for the proposed reconstruction of US 31E north of Bardstown: (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: U.S. 31E routes selected (Oct. 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
All Major Roads Eventually Lead to OKI
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST

The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, one of the planning agencies behind major highway projects in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Enquirer: All major roads eventually lead to OKI; Group heavily involved in local highways (Oct. 13, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge Reopens
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:45PM CST

A year long rehabilitation project on the Shawneetown Bridge drew to a close in Ocotober: Union County Advocate: Shawneetown Bridge set to reopen (Oct. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 90]
New Kentucky 90 Bridge’s Appearance Draws Some Complains
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:45PM CST
Topics: [KY 90] [Pulaski County]

The decision to use weathered steel to construct a new KY 90 bridge over Lake Cumberland has drawn some criticism. The steel never needs to be painted; however, some say the brand new bridge already looks old and rusted.

The old two-lane bridge at the site (constructed in 1950) is in the process of being demolished.

More information: WKYT: New Bridge's Appearance Draws Some Complains (Oct. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Eagle Tunnel Road in Grant County gets Bridge
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:45PM CST
Topics: [Grant County]

CSX Transportation has agreed to construct a bridge on Eagle Tunnel Road over the former site of the railroad’s Eagle Tunnel. The tunnel was day-lighted following a partial collapse of the tunnel in January: Grant County News: Eagle Tunnel gets bridge (Oct. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Cruise Gives Insight on Bridge Routes
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST

A recent river cruise allowed are leaders to view the potential paths of the new Ohio River bridges at Louisville: Jeffersonville Evening News: Cruise gives insight on bridge routes (Oct. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Two meetings will seek ideas on design of East End bridge; Open houses set for today, Thursday (Oct. 18, 2005) [Outside Link], Jeffersonville Evening News: Area residents weigh-in on east-end bridge design (Oct. 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: A recipe to rebuild Spaghetti Junction; Untangling plan will be unveiled this week (Oct. 23, 2005) [Outside Link], WAVE 3: Spaghetti Junction Makeover Projected To Cost $1.1 Billion (Oct. 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement to be a Signature Bridge
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST

One percent of the budget to build a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge will be used to improve the bridge’s aesthetics: Kentucky Post: Bridge will be one of a kind (Oct. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Goal: Get bridge right; Much study underpins planning for Brent Spence replacement (Oct. 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Main Street in Richmond No Longer Four Lanes
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST
Topics: [Madison County] [US 25]

Main Street (US 25) in Madison County has been permanently reduced to two lanes with a continuous left turn lane. The new lane configuration is meant to reduce congestion caused by drivers making left turns.

More information: Richmond Register: Main Street no longer four lanes (Oct. 4, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 79]
Work on US 79 Narrows Highway
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST
Topics: [Logan County] [US 79]

Work on US 79 in Logan County recently narrows the highway to one lane: Logan County News-Democrat&Leader: Bridge work on U.S. 79 to be one-lane (Oct. 4, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Covington Railroad Crossing “Quiet Zone” May Be Reinstated
Posted: 3-Oct-2005 1:29PM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County]

The city of Covington has asked the Federal Railroad Administration to reinstate a quiet zone at seven railroad crossings in the heart of the city. If approved, some improvements may have to be made to improve safety at the crossings.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Trains may get quieter; Latonia complaints lead to action by Covington (Oct. 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Fletcher May Suspend State’s Gas Tax
Posted: 3-Oct-2005 12:26AM CDT

Gov. Ernie Fletcher is considering suspending the state’s gas tax. Such a move would result in a huge loss of income to the state’s road fund.

More information: WAVE 3: Governor Fletcher Considers Suspending Gas Tax (Sept. 30, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Eddyville Council Passes Resolution Supporting I-66
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 10:58PM CDT

The Eddyville City Council recently passed a resolution supporting the construction of I-66: Lyon County Herald Ledger: Eddyville City Council approves first reading of tax rate ordinance; passes resolution supporting I-66 (Sept. 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
US 231 Indiana Widening Scheduled for Completion in 2011
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT

A project to widen US 231 in Indiana between I-64 and the William H. Natcher Bridge might not be complete until 2011 under Indiana’s new ten-year plan: Messenger-Inquirer: Final leg of widening could be done in 2011; Work part of Indiana's 10-year road plan (Sept. 30, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
US 60 Shoulder Project in Hancock County Delayed
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT
Topics: [Hancock County] [US 60]

A project to add shoulders to a section of US 60 in Hancock County has been delayed after a survey found a natural gas pipeline under the state right-of-way. Extensive excavation would be required to move the pipeline.

More information: Hancock County Clarion: Widening on U.S. 60 westbound section facing likely delay (Sept. 30, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Weight Limits Lowered on US 60 Green River Bridge
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT

Weight limits have been lowered on the US 60 Spottsville Bridge over the Green River after some rusting was found during a recent inspection: The Henderson Gleaner: Spottsville span gets new limits (Sept. 24, 2005) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Weight restriction put on Spottsville bridge (Sept. 27, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 Safer Thanks to Rock Fences
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23]

The Kentucky Transportation Project says a project to prevent rock from falling onto US 23 south of Pikeville has been successful. A fence was installed to catch falling rocks.

More information: Associated Press: Mountain highway safer thanks to rock-catching fences (Sept. 22, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Test fences keep boulders off highways (Sept. 23, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
State Offers Perry County Bridge For Free
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:31PM CDT
Topics: [Perry County]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is offering a historic Perry County bridge to interested takers. The Federal Highway Administration will pay for the disassembly and transportation of the bridge; however, the new owner is responsible for site preparation and reassembly.

More information: WKYT: Own Your Own Bridge (Sept. 22, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State offers to give away historic bridge (Sept. 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Pennyrile Parkway]
Work on Breathitt Parkway Extension Could Begin in April
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:31PM CDT

Contracts for the first phase of a project to extend the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to I-24 are scheduled to be let in November. Construction may begin as early as April. The first phase will extend the parkway to the US 68 By-pass around Hopkinsville.

More information: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Meeting to explain parkway expansion (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link], Evansville Courier & Press: Parkway extension troubles homeowner (Sept. 25, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Work Begins on Final Phase of KY 17 Project
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:31PM CDT
Topics: [Kenton County] [KY 17]

Work began last month on the final phase of the KY 17 widening project in Kenton County. The widening project includes the construction of bicycle lanes along part of the route.

More information: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Last phase of Ky. 17 improvement project set (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Two Companies Fined in Kennedy Bridge Painting Accident
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

Two companies have been fined for safety violations relating to an accident that caused the death of a worker on the Kennedy Bridge Painting project: Louisville Courier-Journal: 2 companies fined in fatal fall from bridge (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Daviess Intersection May Be Replaced with Traffic Circle
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT
Topics: [Daviess County] [KY 56]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is considering replacing the intersection of KY 56 and KY 81 south of Owensboro with a traffic circle (also known as a roundabout): Evansville Courier & Press: Traffic circle eyed for Owensboro's South Side (Sept. 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Transportation officials to discuss roundabout (Sept. 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Public Gets Say on New Ohio River Bridge Designs
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

Recently, members of the public had the opportunity to express their opinion on the design of the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Public to get say on new bridge design; Downtown span's style, fit are topics (Sept. 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Residents' thoughts vary on downtown bridge (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Thoughts on bridge flow freely at meeting; 'Spectacular' span? Low-maintenance? (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

In other Louisville bridge related news, Indiana officials are urging that the proposed East End bridge be built before the downtown bridge: Louisville Courier-Journal: Eastern bridge priority urged; Officials say it will have greater economic impact (Sept. 29, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
“Purple People Bridge” Ownership May Change
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

A not-for-profit organization has raised and spent thousands of dollars to beautify the former L&N Bridge over the Ohio River at Newport; however, plans to transfer ownership of the bridge to Southbank Partners have been delayed. Part of the bridge—the former railroad tracks—is still owned by L&N’s successor corporation CSX Transportation. The road portion of the bridge has been converted to a pedestrian walkway and is owned by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Questions over who will pay for the upkeep of parts of the structure have lead to the delay in transferring the state owned portion of the bridge.

More information: Kentucky Post: Span's ownership remains with state; Public-private transfer delayed (Sept. 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 431]
Yonts Pushes for Widening of US 431
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:29PM CDT

State Legislator Representative Brent Yonts (D, 15th District) [Outside Link] has begun a campaign to have US 431 widened to four lanes from Owensboro to the Tennessee state line: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Yonts pushing for four-laning of U.S. 431 (Sept. 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
History of the Roebling Suspension Bridge
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:28PM CDT

The Kentucky Post takes a look at this history of the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Kentucky Post: After many false starts, Roebling spanned the Ohio (Sept. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 641]
Money Set Aside for US 641 Right-of-Way
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:28PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has allocated $3.5 million for acquisition of right-of-way for a project to widen US 641 between Marion and Eddyville. This money is for the first phase of the project—a 5.6-mile section in Crittenden County. Construction is expected to begin on this section in 2007.

More information: Evansville Courier & Press: Right-of-way money set aside for 10-mile highway extension (Sept. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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