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[I-71] [I-75]
Location, Tolls Problems for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:33AM CST

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) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bride May Close for Year
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:09PM CDT

The historic Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington may close for a year beginning in October for repainting and repair: Cincinnati Enquirer: Suspension Bridge may close for year (March 28, 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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[New Route]
Bidding Delayed on Ironton-Russell Bridge Project
Posted: 9-Nov-2005 4:16AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has delayed the opening of bids for the Ironton-Russell Bridge project; however, the delay is not expected to affect the beginning of construction which is scheduled for spring 2006: Ashland Daily Independent: Bids for Ironton-Russell Bridge delayed (Nov. 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Purple People Bridge Closer to Transfer
Posted: 5-Nov-2005 4:09AM CST

Ownership of the “Purple People Bridge” is closer to being transferred to a not-for-profit organization. The Newport city council recently voted to accept ownership of the bridge from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and to transfer ownership of the bridge to the not-for-profit Newport Southbank Bridge Company.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge closer to transfer; Commissioners take first vote on turning over ownership of Purple People Bridge (Nov. 2, 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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[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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[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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[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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[New Route]
FAA Concerned over Plans for Ironton-Russell Bridge
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:40PM CDT

The Federal Aviation Administration has raised concerns that a proposed cable-stayed bridge across the Ohio River between Ironton, Ohio and Russell, Kentucky might interfere with navigation to a nearby airport. The $68 million bridge will replace the current Ironton-Russell Bridge, a narrow, two-lane structure which was completed in 1922.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: New bridge work could be delayed (July 14, 2005) [Outside Link], Ashland Daily Independent: FAA approves bridge (July 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-75]
Work Planned for I-75 in Cincinnati
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:51AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a special section covering proposed improvements to I-75 in Cincinnati: Cincinnati Enquirer: I-75: The Big Fix [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Traffic Study May Lead to I-471 Improvements
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:48AM CDT

A new traffic study may eventually lead to improvements to I-471. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments recently approved a $750,000 study of the region’s “Southeast Corridor.”

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Study could help unclog I-471; OKI authorizes look at 'southeast corridor' in Campbell County (June 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
U.S. Grant Bridge Project On Track for October 2006 Opening
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:19AM CDT

Progress is once again visible on the U.S. Grant Bridge south of Portsmouth, Ohio. A new bridge is being constructed over the Ohio River on the site of a bridge demolished in 2001. The Ohio Department of Transportation has a scheduled opening date of October 31, 2006 for the new bridge.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Bridge to Portsmouth shows signs of progress (May 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Roebling Bridge to be Repainted
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:13AM CDT

Barring any unforeseen problems, the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington will be repainted next summer: Kentucky Post: River Rainbow (May 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 42]
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Project Wraps Up
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:04AM CDT

A project to rehabilitate the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge was recently completed: Cincinnati Post: Clay Wade Bailey in good repair (May 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Covington Traffic Study Conducted
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT

Covington city officials recently helped the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet perform a traffic study to examine patterns of traffic coming from the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Traffic patterns getting hard look (May 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Parsons Brinckerhoff Awarded $18 Million Contract to Perform Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:55AM CDT

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have awarded the engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff an $18 million contract to perform a study on how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Engineering firm gets $18M to design new Brent Spence (April 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

A group of residents is urging that any replacement bridge be constructed as a signature piece for the area: Cincinnati Post: Signature bridge urged (April 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Welcome Signs are Up
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:52AM CDT

New welcome signs have been installed on interstates across the state. The Cincinnati Enquirer has a photograph of sign installation on the Combs-Hehl Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: New welcome signs going up; Crews install them at 11 expressway gateways (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bridge to be Painted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:52AM CST

The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be painted this year, but a color has to be chosen first: Cincinnati Enquirer: Is UK blue OK hue for Roebling? (March 26, 2005) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Pick a color, any color (March 26, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Ashland Ohio River Bridges to be Repainted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:50AM CST

Work to repaint Ashland’s twin Ohio River bridges is expected to begin this summer. A project to repaint the 13th Street Bridge is expected to begin this summer, and work to repaint the 12th Street Bridge is expected to begin in 2007.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ohio River bridges to get facelift (March 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Downtown Covington Neighborhood Seeks to Reduce Thru Traffic
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:49AM CST

Residents of Licking Riverside Historic Neighborhood in Covington are seeking traffic changes to reduce thru traffic through neighborhood streets. The neighborhood sits near the approach to the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: New traffic route urged (March 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Grant Bridge Opening Slides to Late 2006
Posted: 10-Mar-2005 5:32AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the new U.S. Grant Bridge over the Ohio River at Portsmouth, Ohio should be open to traffic in late-2006. The new cable-stayed bridge for US 23 was originally to be opened in 2004.

More information: Ashland Daily-Independent: ODOT: Grant bridge back on track (March 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Planners Urge Look at I-471
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:54AM CST

Representatives of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments have been in Washington this week to lobby for money to study possible upgrades to I-471 in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planners: Upgrade I-471 (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-24]
More Snow and Ice Information
Posted: 24-Dec-2004 1:47AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [33 topics related to this item]

Wrecks caused backups on I-71 and I-24 and summary of snow response statewide: Associated Press: Winter storm coats parts of Kentucky with snow, ice (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Winter Storm Coats Much Of Kentucky With Snow, Ice (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Summary of snow response in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Kentucky and Ohio counties declare weather emergencies (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Now, time to dig out (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Snow response in the Glasgow area: Glasgow Daily Times: Winter storm hits Kentucky (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Motorists became stranded on part of the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway near Hopkinsville: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Storm paralyzes region (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Gov. Fletcher has declared a state of emergency in the following counties and cities: McLean, Hancock, Livingston, Hopkins, City of Providence, City of Owensboro, City of Falmouth, City of Butler, Todd, Daviess, Crittenden, Carlisle, Shelby, Muhlenberg, Pendleton, Bullitt and Grayson: WAVE 3: Governor Ernie Fletcher's Office Declares State of Emergency (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

I-64 in Indiana remains closed between Evansville and the Illinois state line. The National Guard has been rescuing stranded motorists along the interstate: Associated Press: Guardsmen Rescuing Travelers Stranded On Southern Indiana Highway (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Stranded travelers recall cold night on snowbound highway (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Snow Storm Snarls Much Of Southern, Central Indiana (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Evansville Courier & Press: Indiana National Guardsmen rescue stranded motorists from Interstate 64 (Dec. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

Current Conditions

Information regarding conditions on Kentucky’s highway can be obtained by calling 1-800-RDREPORT, by calling 511 from an in-state telephone, or by visiting ww.511.ky.gov [Outside Link].

Maps of roads that will be cleared by the state government can be found at: www.kytc.state.ky.us/maintenance/Snow_Ice.htm [Outside Link].

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[I-71] [I-75]
I-71/I-75 Bridge Replacement Study May Start Early
Posted: 1-Aug-2001 9:57PM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 27, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the U.S. Senate may approve a bill authorizing $2 million to begin a study on replacing Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in 2002. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been planning to start the study in 2006.

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