The items listed below are KentuckyRoads.com news items from February 2009. For the most recent updates see the KentuckyRoads.com home page.
Cleanup from Recent Storms Continues
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 11:09PM CST
Topics: [Breathitt County] [Counties] [Estill County] [Floyd County] [Johnson County] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [KY 15] [KY 3] [KY 645] [KY 80] [Lawrence County] [Magoffin County] [Martin County] [Menifee County] [Morgan County] [Powell County] [Travel Information] [US 119] [US 23]
The state is still cleaning up from recent ice and wind storms.
Pink Pennants Proliferate; Public Ponders Purpose
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 10:52PM CST
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Dept. of Highways District 12:
What's with those pink flags?
HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – February 17 2009 – The pink flags you’ve seen on the shoulders of highways throughout Eastern Kentucky have nothing to do with road work.
They are pin flags which mark search locations for possible petroleum and natural gas.
Dawson Geophysical Company is surveying data in 109 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The process uses ATVs mounted with large pneumatic tires. The vehicles send high frequency vibrations into the ground, providing energy to create images of what lies underneath. In addition, geophone receivers are used to record data from other tracts of land within the survey. The technical name for what is being done is a vibroseis geophysical seismic survey.
Now you know.
Legislature May Block Gas Tax Drop
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 10:40PM CST
A 1980 law ties a portion of Kentucky's gasoline tax to the average wholesale price of gasoline in the state. That price has dropped in recent months, and the gasoline tax is scheduled to drop 4 cents/gallon on April 1st; however, the state legislature is considering amending the law to prevent this drop. It is estimated that tax decrease would result in $120 million decline in gasoline tax revenue.
Public Meeting to Discuss Improvements to Louisville's West Market Street to be Held on Feb. 18
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 5:58PM CST
A public meeting next Wednesday, Feb 18th for the West Market Street Corridor Improvement Study. The meeting will be at Shawnee High School at 5:30pm.
Ten Years of US 42 Scenic Highway
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:37AM CST
The Courier Journal notes that it has been ten years since 14.7-mile stretch of U.S. 42 in Oldham County was designated one of Kentucky's Scenic Highways and Byways: Louisville Courier-Journal: This week in history (Feb. 9, 2009)
Location, Tolls Problems for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:33AM CST
Topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Interstate 71] [Interstate 75] [Kenton County] [Ohio] [The Ohio River]
The Associated Press has a brief story about how the questions of where and how to pay for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge still remain to be answered: Associated Press: Tolls, location problems in bridge planning (Feb. 9, 2009)
Public Meeting to Discuss Improvements to KY 44 near Mount Washington to be held Feb. 24
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:28AM CST
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to KY 44 between US 31E and KY 1319 in Bullitt County. The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Bullitt East High School.
Delays Planned for I-69 Construction in Indiana
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:23AM CST
The Indiana Department of Transportation will delay construction of two I-69 interchanges in Southern Indiana: Associated Press: Delay planned for I-69 interchanges in S. Indiana (Feb. 10, 2009)
Bid Rigging Charges Revised
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:15AM CST
Indictments against former Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert and highway contractor Leonard Lawson have been revised. The indictments stem from payments Lawson allegedly made to Nighbert and Dept. of Highways District 7 Chief Engineer Jim Rummage in order to receive confidential information regarding open highway construction bids.
More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Highway bid-rig charges revised; Rejected indictment has been rephrased (Feb. 12, 2009) , Associated Press: 2 charges dismissed in bid-rigging case (Feb. 11, 2009 , Associated Press: New indictment issued in bid-rigging case (Feb. 11, 2009)
Possible Delays on KY 7 in Perry County Today
Posted: 11-Feb-2009 8:29AM CST
From KYTC Department of Highways District 10:
Contractors for the KY 7 construction project between Jeff and Viper in Perry County plan to do some blasting today. At this time, blasts are scheduled for around 10 a.m. and also around noon. Motorists should be prepared for possible long delays during these times, for blasting and removal of debris. These delays may last in excess of the typical 20 or so minutes usually required, especially if debris cleanup from the existing highway becomes necessary. Motorists should plan their travels along KY 7 accordingly.
Sherman Minton (I-64) Bridge Closed Briefly after Barge Strike
Posted: 5-Feb-2009 10:49AM CST
The Sherman Minton Bridge which carries I-64 over the Ohio River west of downtown Louisville was closed for about three hours this morning after being struck by a barge. An inspection found that the bridge had only suffered superficial damage.
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