US 119 begins at US 25E in Pineville, Kentucky, travels along the eastern border of the state, and exits into West Virginia near South Williamson, Kentucky. As US 119 travels along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River in West Virginia, it crosses back over into Kentucky a few times.
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Groundbreaking set for new US 460; sections of highway may be open to traffic in three years
Posted: 31-Jan-2011 10:55PM CST
From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 12:
PIKE COUNTY – January 12, 2011 – Friday, January 21, at 12:30 p.m. Governor Steve Beshear will join federal, state, and local officials to break ground for Corridor Q, the name given by the Appalachian Regional Commission for new US 460 in Pike County.
Cleanup from Recent Storms Continues
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 11:09PM CST
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The state is still cleaning up from recent ice and wind storms.
Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meet This Saturday, Pikeville
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:51AM CDT
H.B. Elkins will be hosting an Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meeting this Saturday, May 21 in Pikeville.
Date and Time:
After lunch, the group will go on an informal tour of the US 119 reconstruction project north of Pikeville.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact H.B. Elkins at email@example.com .
Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meeting: May 21, Pikeville
Posted: 16-May-2005 4:52AM CDT
H.B. Elkins will be hosting the Eastern Kentucky-Central Appalachia Road Enthusiast Meeting this coming Saturday, May 21 at noon EDT at Reno’s Roadhouse in Pikeville, Kentucky. Afterwards there will be an informal tour of the US 119 reconstruction project in Northern Pike County. If you are interesting in attending, please RSVP to H.B. Elkins at firstname.lastname@example.org .
US 119 Pine Mountain Celebration Planned for April 22
Posted: 4-Apr-2005 1:23AM CDT
Local, state, and federal officials will gather in Letcher County on April 22 to celebrate improvements to US 119’s crossing of Pine Mountain. The improvements include the widening of shoulders and the addition of passing lanes on the climb up the mountain.
The day’s events will include exhibits at the Pine Mountain Grill and a 11:00am ceremony at the new overlook on US 119.
Local Leaders Believe Recent Re-opening of US 119 to Truck Traffic Will Spark Economic Growth
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:16PM CST
Area leaders believe the recent re-opening of the US 119 Pine Mountain crossing to commercial traffic will spark economic growth in Letcher County: WYMT Mountain News: Community Leaders Say Re-Opening of Road Could Spark Economy (Dec. 30, 2004)
Truck Ban on US 119 Pine Mountain Lifted
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:03PM CST
A ban on truck traffic on US 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County has been modified to allow many types of truck traffic; however, some restrictions still remain: KYTC Division of Highways District 12: Truck ban lifted on Pine Mountain (Dec. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: State lifts ban on trucks traveling across Pine Mountain (Dec. 21, 2004)
Bridges on New US 119 Nearing Completion
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:08PM CST
The last steel beams for new bridges along the US 119 widening project in northern Pike County were placed in November: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12: Steel beams for the last of nine main line bridges on new US 119 will go up starting next week. (Nov. 12, 2004)
Dave Honan Contributes Ohio River Bridge and US 119 Pike County Photographs
Posted: 25-May-2004 6:00AM CDT
Topics: [Ballard County] [Greenup County] [Henderson County] [KY 8] [McCracken County] [The Ohio River] [Pike County] [Site Features] [US 119]
Dave Honan has contributed photographs of several bridges over the Ohio River:
Additionally, he has provided several photographs of a section of the US 119 relocation project in Pike County.
You can find more of his bridge and railroad photography on Dave’s website .
Thanks for the contribution Dave!
Gov. Fletcher Tours U.S. 119 Pine Mountain
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:38PM CDT
Gov. Fletcher recently visited the spot improvement project along US 119 over Pine Mountain: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12: Governor tours Pine Mountain road project (May 14, 2004)
US 119 Truck Ban Still in Effect
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:41AM CST
Despite recent spot improvements to US 119 over Pine Mountain in Letcher County, vehicles over 30 feet long are still banned from the highway. The ban went into effect March 12, 2001 after a traffic study conducted at the request of the Pine Mountain Task Force.
US 119 Ground Breaking on "Paul Patton Day" in Pike County
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:45AM CST
Ground breaking for the last section of the US 119 widening project in Pike County was celebrated as .Paul Patton Day. on Nov. 22, 2003 to honor the former governor.s contributions to Eastern Kentucky highway projects.
Contract for Final Section of US 119 Pike County Project to be Let this Month
Posted: 11-Nov-2003 6:49PM CST
A 20.7 mile project to build to widen US 119 to four lanes from Pikeville to the West Virginia border could be complete in 2006. The project began in 1975. The project cut through three mountains. Nine out of ten sections of the project have seen some construction, and many are now complete. The transportation cabinet is expected to let contracts for the tenth and final segment this month.
Exotic Species Will Not Be Used for US 119 Re-planting
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:02AM CDT
When a 7.2-mile long project to widen and straighten US 119 on Pine Mountain is complete, the state will not plant non-native plant species along the road. The road is near a state nature preserve, so the state plans to take steps to preserve the mountain ecosystem.
US 119 Pine Mountain Road Work Causes Concerns
Posted: 12-Jan-2003 4:01PM CST
Local residents are concerned about the impact road work on US 119 is having on Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is currently in the process of straightening several curves on US 119's crossing of Pine Mountain. This work is causing much more of the mountain to be stripped than local residents had expected.
The state plans to be eventually build a tunnel through Pine Mountain. The current road work is a stopgap measure until the tunnel can be constructed.
US 119 over Pine Mountain has been closed to vehicles over 30 feet for over a year because such vehicles were involved in an inordinate amount of crashes.
More information: Daily Independent: Portions of mountain stripped (Jan. 7, 2003)
Appalachian Regional Corridor Work in Eastern Kentucky
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 10:39PM CDT
The Appalachian Regional Commission (an agency of the federal government) plans on rebuilding parts of US 119 and US 460 in Eastern Kentucky. Work on US 119 between Pikeville and Belfry in Pike County is currently under way. This road will cut through 6 mountains.
The reconstruction of US 460 in Pike County is another ARC project.
ARC will also be funding a 1.8 mile tunnel through Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The two-lane tunnel will be the 3rd longest vehicle tunnel in the United States.
Upcoming Public Meetings: US 51, US 460, US 421, US 119, I-75
Posted: 7-Sep-2002 12:48AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Carlisle County] [Fayette County] [Hickman County] [Interstate 75] [Letcher County] [Local Routes] [Madison County] [Morgan County] [Public Meetings] [US 119] [US 421] [US 460] [US 51]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the following upcoming public meetings:
US 119 Project May Take 20 Years to Complete
Posted: 8-Feb-2002 5:41AM CST
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article that a project to improve US 119 across Pine Mountain will begin this spring; however, trucks will probably still be banned from the highway due to remaining hairpin curves. A project to construct a tunnel through the mountain is being studied, but it may take 20 years to complete such a project.
KYTC Supports US 119 through Pine Mountain
Posted: 13-Sep-2001 3:57PM CDT
This Courier-Journal article and this Herald-Leader article report that the KYTC will seek money from Appalachian Regional Commission to build a tunnel for US 119 through Pine Mountain in Letcher County.
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