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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Gate Falls off Lock on Ohio River Dam
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:59PM CDT

A gate fell off of a lock at the Markland Dam near Warsaw, Kentucky. A smaller auxiliary lock is now in use, but traffic on the river will be delayed until the damaged lock can be repaired: Associated Press: Gate falls off Ohio River lock, slows ship traffic (Sept. 28, 20090) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Parkway]
Natcher Parkway Extension Still Moving Forward
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:54PM CDT

Contracts for part of the project to extend the Natcher Parkway east from its current terminus at I-65 in Warren County will be let in October: Bowling Green Daily News: Natcher project moving forward; Contracts for extension on track for Oct. letting (Sept. 28, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Kentucky, indiana Apply for Federal Stimulus Funding for Big Four and Madison-Milton Bridge Projects
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:48PM CDT

Both Kentucky and Indiana have applied for federal money to apply to two Ohio River bridge projects: the replacement of the US 421 bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky and Madion, Indiana and the redecking of the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River in downtown Louisville: Louisville Courier-Journal: $25 million in stimulus money sought for Big Four Bridge (Sept. 24, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Meeting Held to Discuss Future of Railroad 'Quiet Zone' in La Grange
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:43PM CDT

Officials from the Federal Railroad Administration and CSX Transportation held a meeting last week to discuss changes required to keep the railroad 'quiet zone' in downtown La Grange: Louisville Courier-Journal: Meeting to focus on keeping ‘quiet zone’ in La Grange (Sept. 23, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 62]
Work on US 62 Green River Bridge
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:37PM CDT

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways (Sept. 23, 2009):

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict traffic to one lane on the US 62 Green River Bridge at Rockport starting Monday, September 28, 2009.

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[I-65]
Work on I-65 in Jefferson County Causes Delays
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:33PM CDT

Work to replace the pavement on part of I-65 in Jefferson County is underway and causing some travel delays: Louisville Courier-Journal: I-65 work creates snarls (Sept. 22, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Transportation Element of Warren County's Comprehensive Plan Likely to Remain Unchanged
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:29PM CDT
Topics: [US 231] [Warren County]

The Bowling Green Daily News reports that transportation components to the Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization's proposed comprehensive plan are unlikely to see changes. One transportation issue addressed in the plan is congestion along Scottsville Road (US 231). Jeff Moore from the Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways says that widening the roadway is not feasible, so instead the focus will be on controlling access and improving intersections: Bowling Green Daily News: Road element may remain unchanged; Future land use map of county is most controversial part of plan (Sept. 22, 2009) [Outside Link], City-County Planning Organization of Warren County [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Follow KentuckyRoads.com on Twitter
Posted: 22-Sep-2009 3:48PM CDT

You can now follow KentuckyRoads.com on Twitter to receive notification of updates to the site. Follow username kyroads [Outside Link].

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[I-64]
Major Slide Closes Lanes on I-64
Posted: 21-Sep-2009 9:20PM CDT

The two westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are closed at the Catlettsburg exit after they sank about a foot due to an embankment failure: Associated Press: 2 interstate lanes sink in northeastern Ky (Sept. 21, 2009) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 9: Westbound Interstate 64 remains closed at Catlettsburg; Crews expediting repairs; eastbound traffic unaffected (Sept. 21, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Contingency Plans Being Made in Case Tunnel is Removed from East End Bridge
Posted: 21-Sep-2009 8:38AM CDT

Planners are making contingency plans for how to proceed if a tunnel under a historic Jefferson County property is removed from plans for the new East End Bridge that is part of Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Tunnel to bridge is now in question (Sept. 20, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Beshear Highlights Louisville Highway Projects During Visit
Posted: 20-Sep-2009 8:06AM CDT

During a recent visit to Louisvlle, Gov. Steve Beshear updated the status of a number of road projects in the area. These include:

  • The construction of an interchange between KY 1447 Westport Road and I-264 Watterson Expressway.
  • Widening of I-64 from I-265 Gene Snyder Freeway to Exit 28 in Shelby County.
  • Median cable barrier installation along I-65.
  • Reconstruction of a ramp at the interchange between I-64 and I-264 Shawnee Expressway west of downtown.
  • Pavement repairs along various stretches of interstate.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Beshear recaps road projects in Louisville area; $200M in work started or planned (Sept. 18, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[KY 922]
Newtown Pike Extension Public Meeting to be held Tuesday
Posted: 18-Sep-2009 9:51PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting in Lexington Tuesday to discuss the state of the extension of Newtown Pike: Lexington Herald-Leader: Newtown Pike extension update is Tuesday (Sept. 18, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway]
Public Meeting Held to Discuss Proposed Improvements to Mountain Parkway in Powell County
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 5:22PM CDT

From KYTC Department of Highways District 10 on Sept. 16, 2009:

Transportation Cabinet conducts public meeting on proposed improvements to Mountain Parkway Exit 18 in Clay City
JACKSON, KY – On Tuesday, Sept. 15, personnel from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 10 office conducted a public hearing on the proposed improvements to Exit 18 of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Powell County.

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[I-65]
Roadwork on I-65 in Louisville to Replace Concrete Surface with Asphalt
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 5:13PM CDT

From the Office of Governor Steve Beshear:

Governor Beshear announces $28.7 million in improvements for Interstate 65
Among major construction projects under way or planned for Louisville area
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2009) — Gov. Steve Beshear, joined by Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, today announced the beginning of a major construction project to repair the pavement on Interstate 65 in Jefferson County.
The $28.7 million project – “Revive 65” – involves the replacement of concrete pavement with asphalt on the 3-mile section of interstate between Fern Valley Road and I-264 (Watterson Expressway). It is among a dozen road and bridge projects, totaling more than $195 million, under way or planned for the Louisville area.

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[US 25]
US 25 Widening in Scott and Fayette Counties Delayed to 2011
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:48AM CDT

A project to widen part of US 25 between Lexington and Georgetown will be delayed until 2011: Lexington Herald-Leader: U.S. 25 expansion delayed to 2011 (Sept. 8, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Twitter
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:36AM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Public Affairs (Sept. 14, 2009):

‘511’ roadway updates now available through Twitter
511 reports road closures, delays, construction
FRANKFORT, Ky.—The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now offers 511 traffic information through Twitter. This feature provides the latest road closures, delays, construction areas, vehicle crashes and other roadway incidents.

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[The Ohio River]
Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Block Louisville Bridges Project
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:34AM CDT

The Louisville-based conservation group River Fields and the national preservation organization National Trust for Historic Preservation have files suit in federal court claiming that the Federal Highway Administration broke the law in its 2003 approval of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: River Fields lawsuit could halt Ohio River Bridges Project (Sept. 10, 2009) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Suit seeks to halt bridges project (Sept. 10, 2009) [Outside Link]

The Courier-Journal printed two letters to the editor in opposition to the lawsuits: Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges lawsuit is criticized (Sept. 16, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Cleaning and Inspection of US 41 Ohio River Bridges Scheduled
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 11:13PM CDT

From KYTC Department of Highways District 2 (Sept. 14, 2009):

Transportation Cabinet schedules cleaning & inspection of US 41 Twin Bridges
Lane restrictions scheduled week of Sept. 28th
HENDERSON, Ky. — Lane restrictions are scheduled on the US 41 Twin Bridges the week of Sept. 28th, for a variety of deck and maintenance work.

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[Alternate US 41]
Railroad Work to Close Lanes on US 41A near Fort Campbell
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 11:05PM CDT

From KYTC Department of Highways District 2 (Sept. 14, 2009):

Railroad Work to Create One Lane Traffic on US 41 Between Hopkinsville and Ft. Campbell
Rail overpass to require traffic shift starting Wednesday
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Alltrack, Inc., plans to replace railroad ties and rails along the Masonville railroad overpass on US 41-A/Ft. Campbell Boulevard between Hopkinsville and Ft. Campbell starting Wednesday, September 16, 2009. This work zone is at US 41-A mile point 8.8.

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[US 421]
US 421 Ohio River Bridge Found to be in Poor Condition
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:56PM CDT

Inspectors have found the US 421 bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana to be in as bad or worse condition than it was before last being rehabilitated in 1997. Repairs to the bridge could force an 18 month closure of the span: Associated Press: 80-year-old Ohio River bridge found in poor shape (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridge across Ohio River in poor shape (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[I-75]
Tennessee Schedules Public Meetings to Discuss I-75 Improvements
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:50PM CDT

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will hold three public meetings this week to discuss possible improvements to I-75 from the Kentucky state line to the Georgia state line: Associated Press: TDOT public meetings this week about I-75 (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 62]
Meeting to Discuss Versailles Traffic Flow Scheduled for Thursday
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:43PM CDT

A public meeting about how to improve traffic flow in and around Versailles will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center, 275 Beasley Drive in Versailles. More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Meeting on Versailles traffic flow (Sept. 15, 20090 [Outside Link], Northwest Versailles Mobility Study [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bi-state Panel Meets to Discuss Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:38PM CDT

A new bi-state negotiating team met today in Louisville to discuss the creation of a bridge authority to oversee financing of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Ky., Ind. panel recommends bi-state bridges oversight (Sept. 15, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Ohio River bridges project negotiators will meet Tuesday (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges negotiating team to meet Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 62]
Preparations for New Bridge Require Closure of US 62/US 641 Across Kentucky Dam Starting September 9th
Posted: 1-Sep-2009 9:53AM CDT

From Department of Highways District 1 (Sept. 1, 2009):

Preparations for New Bridge Require Closure of US 62/US 641 Across Kentucky Dam Starting September 9th
Closure to allow temporary connections to last about 3 weeks
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to temporarily close US 62 and US 641 across Kentucky Dam starting Wednesday, September 9th, 2009, to begin preliminary road work required to tie in a new Tennessee River Bridge being constructed below the dam.

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