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[The Ohio River]
Ohio River Bridges Project Funding Remains Uncertain
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:47PM CDT

The Courier-Journal recently reported that leaders from the two houses of the Kentucky legislature were divided on bills concerning funding the project to build two new bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville; additionally, federal transportation officials say that adding tolls to the bridge will cause an 18 month delay due to plans needing to be reviewed: Louisvlle Courier-Journal: Fate of bridges' funding bill is uncertain; tolls a hitch (March 26, 2009) [Outside Link]

Update (April 1, 2009): Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky inaction stalls Indiana bill on bridge projects; Oversight panels in states at issue (April 1, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Metro Louisville Government to Take Over Maintenance of All State Roads in Jefferson County
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:40PM CDT

Beginning April 1, 2009 the Louisville-Jefferson County metro government will take over maintenance of state roads and state controlled traffic signals in Jefferson County. The state will pay the metro government for the maintenance expenses.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville to maintain state roads; City will be paid millions a year; 66 jobs to be added (March 26, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Picnic Area to Open under Kennedy Bridge
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:29PM CDT

Now that I-65's Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River has been repainted, an area underneath the bridge that had been used by the repainting contractors is being converted into a picnic area: Louisville Courier-Journal: Picnic area being built under Kennedy Bridge; Tables to offer 'killer view' (March 27, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[KY 4]
Pothole Repair to Close Lanes on New Circle Road
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:23PM CDT

There will be lane closures on Lexington's New Circle Road this Wednesday to allow some potholes to be repaired: Lexington Herald-Leader: Pothole repair to close New Circle lanes (March 30, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
KY 1833 in Perry County closed due to rockslide
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:20PM CDT

From KYTC Dept. of Highways District 10 (dated March 31, 2009):

JACKSON, Ky. – KY 1833 in Perry County is closed due to a rockslide. This closure will remain in effect until repairs are completed. An estimated time and date for completion of the removal of the slide is not yet known.
The location of the rockslide is near the entrance to Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Access to the park’s lodge will be impacted until the rockslide is removed.
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[US 421]
Milton-Madison Ohio River Bridge Off Limits to Trucks after Inspection
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:06PM CDT

The US 421 bridge over the Ohio River at Milton in Trimble County has been placed off limits to trucks weighing more than 15 tons after a December inspection found "advanced deterioration on various components of the bridge."

More information: Associated Press: Bridge inspection leads to weight restriction (March 31, 2009 [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: 15-ton limit set on U.S. 421 bridge over Ohio River (April 1, 2009) [Outside Link]

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