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[US 421]
Photographs of US 421 in Harlan County
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 4:02AM CST
Topics: [Harlan County] [US 421]

Reader Jamie Middleton has submitted a set of photographs documenting the recently reconstructed section of US 421 in Harlan County. Thanks Jamie!


New US 421 near Harlan - Lenarue Exit New US 421 near Harlan - Bobs Creek Exit New US 421 near Harlan - Cawood Exit
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
District 12 Employees Remove Illegally Placed Signs
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 3:28AM CST

Illegally placed signs removed from state highway rights-of-way in Knott County.

Beginning February 13, residents of highway District 12 will see highway workers removing signs that have illegally been placed in state rights-of-way.

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[KY 101]
KY 101 Edmonson County Public Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 21
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 3:12AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting on Feb. 21 to discuss the reconstruction of KY 101 in the vicinity of Chalybeate.

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[KY 214]
KY 214 Ferry Maintenance Postponed
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 3:06AM CST
Topics: [KY 214] [Monroe County]

Maintenance work on the KY 214 Cumberland River ferry in Monroe County that was scheduled for Jan. 21 and 22 has been delayed indefinitely. According to a press release from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3, the ferry was to be removed from the river, cleaned, and inspected.

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[I-65]
Plan to Reconstruct I-65 in Louisville Released
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:31AM CST

A study of I-65 north of the Watterson Expressway in Louisville has resulted in a set of proposed changes to the highway: Courier-Journal: $54 million revamp of I-65 ramps urged; Prospects of state paying for idea are uncertain (Jan. 29, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
70 MPH Speed Limit Bills Progress in Legislature
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:31AM CST

Two bills that would raise the speed limit on Kentucky’s interstates and parkways to 70 miles per hour appear to be on track for passage in the state house and senate: Lexington Herald-Leader: 70-mph speed limit looks as if it's in passing lane (Feb. 2, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Marcie Matthews Appointed State Highway Engineer
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:30AM CST

Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently appointed Marcie Matthews as the Transportation Cabinet’s State Highway Engineer: Press Release: Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints New State Highway Engineer (Jan. 26, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Contract Award for New US 60 Bridge over Tennessee River
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:30AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently awarded a contract for the construction of the piers to support a new US 60 bridge over the Tennessee River near Paducah: Henderson Gleaner: Work to begin soon on new U.S. 60 bridge over Tennessee River (Jan. 25, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
I-64 Cannonsburg Interchange Work to Begin this Summer
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:30AM CST

Work is expected to begin this summer on a project to reconstruct the I-64/KY 180 interchange in Boyd County: Ashland Daily Independent: Summer to kick off I-64 Cannonsburg interchange overhaul (Jan. 15, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Bids for New Ironton-Russell Bridge Come in over Estimates
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

At nearly $110 million, the low bid for constructing a new bridge across the Ohio River at Russell came in well above the Ohio Department of Transportation’s estimates: Ashland Daily Independent: $110M bid for new bridge puts funding in question (Jan. 13, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
KY 80 Murray-to-Mayfield Work on Hold
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

State Rep. Melvin Henley recently told the Murray Ledger & Times that the next phase of the KY 80 widening project between Murray and Mayfield has been put on hold: Murray Ledger & Times: Murray-to-Mayfield road work on hold due to funding (Jan. 5, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 to get Weigh Station
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

In effort to combat overweight coal trucks, the state will install a weigh station on US 23: Lexongton Herald-Leader: State to put scale on busy coal route (Jan. 4, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Tolls to be Lifted on Natcher and Audubon Parkways in Fiscal Year 2007
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST

Tolls are set to be lifted on the William H. Natcher Parkway and Audubon Parkway, Kentucky’s last two remaining toll roads, in the states fiscal year 2007, which begins July 1, 2006. The exact date that tolls will be lifted has yet to have been established: Lexington Herald-Leader: Last 2 Kentucky toll parkways set to be freed up (Dec. 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Spottsville Bridge Work Completed
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST

Work to repair corrosion on the US 60 Spottsville Bridge over the Green River between Henderson and Daviess Counties has been presented: Henderson Gleaner: Spottsville Bridge work completed (Dec. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
State Rep. Proposes Northern Kentucky Toll Road
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:28AM CST

State Rep. Paul Marcotte, R-Union, has proposed building a toll road to connect several communities in southern Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Toll road on horizon? (Dec. 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 431]
Work on US 431 “Dead Man’s Curve” Planned
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:27AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to reconstruct several curvy stretches of US 431 in Muhlenberg County, including the so-called “Dead Man’s Curve.”

More information: Evansville Courier & Press: Roadwork slated on dangerous curves (Dec. 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Project Halts
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:27AM CST

Atlantic Painting Co., the contractor responsible for painting the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville, recently walked off the project. The company claims that the weather is too cold for painting. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is unsure when work will resume: Courier-Journal: Painting work stops on Kennedy Bridge; State, company will discuss finishing job (Dec. 10, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: State might extend deadline for painting Kennedy Bridge (Jan. 8, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Plans for Owensboro Bypass Extension Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:26AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented proposed alternatives for rebuilding and extending the eastern end of the Owensboro bypass: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bypass extension plans to be displayed; Affected property shown for 3.4-mile project (Dec. 8, 2005) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: Residents along bypass extension route get look at plan (Dec. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Plan for Widening US 68/KY 80 through Land Between the Lakes Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:26AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented proposed plans for widening US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes: WPSD-TV NewsChannel 6: Kentucky: US 68 Expansion- From 2 Lanes To 4 (Dec. 5, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Resident Proposes Removing I-64 from Louisville; Bridge Designed Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:25AM CST

A suggested proposal for the reconstruction of Spaghetti Junction would remove I-64 from downtown Louisville and route it into Indiana over the proposed East End Bridge: Courier-Journal: Plan would erase I-64 from downtown; Bridges proposal faces uphill battle (Nov. 25, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Public will get chances to see ideas for bridge; Two hearings set on downtown span (Nov. 28, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Downtown bridge ideas unveiled; Public provides feedback on designs (Nov. 30, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridge designs to be unveiled; Public can see how eastern span may look (Dec. 11, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Spaghetti Junction debated; Forum explores removing I-64 (Jan. 12, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Governor Fletcher Hand Delivers Checks for Berea Bypass
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:25AM CST

In a recent photo opportunity, Gov. Fletcher delivered checks to pays for the design and construction of a new bypass in Berea: Richmond Register: Berea road projects get $3.4 million from state (Nov. 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Final Route of Old Henry Road-Crestwood Connector Route Chosen
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:24AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently held public meetings to discuss the chosen alternative for a connector between Old Henry Road at the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) in Jefferson County and the Oldham County community of Crestwood: Courier-Journal: Old Henry Road bypass apparently set; Final hearing held on alignment plan (Nov. 22, 2005) [Outside Link], Oldham County New Era: Plans for Old Henry bypass move forward (Nov. 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Dover Covered Bridge Vandalized
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:24AM CST

The Dover Covered Bridge in Mason County, which was recently restored, has been vandalized. Several names were spray painted on the interior of the bridge: Maysville Ledger Independent: Vandalism defaces historic Dover Covered Bridge (Nov. 18, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 1447]
Part of Westport Road Widening Completed
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:24AM CST

Another phase of the Westport Road widening project in Jefferson County has been completed. The road has been widened to five lanes between the Watterson Expressway (I-264) and Herr Lane. A new interchange with the Watterson Expressway during the next phases of the project: Courier-Journal: First part of Westport project completed; Road widening work was stalled for years (Nov. 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71]
I-71 Upgrade Plans Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:23AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently held a series of public meetings to discuss plans to rebuild I-71 from “Spaghetti Junction” in downtown Louisville to the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265): Business First of Louisville: Transportation Cabinet to hold public meetings on I-71 changes (Nov. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Dixie Highway Project Alternatives Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:23AM CST

Alternatives for upgrading Dixie Highway in Kenton County were recently presented at a series of public meetings: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planning for the 'Dixie Fix' (Nov. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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