Kentucky Department of Transportation

National Capital Industries

Work starts this week on bridge improvements on US 60 in downtown Grayson in Carter County and on KY 7 in Elliott County -- part of a 7-bridge, $900,000 restoration project.

Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 7, US 60 will be one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals across the Little Sandy River bridge in downtown Grayson (milepoint 24.5) as contractors begin bridge deck pavement repairs.

Historic Bridges

A $1 million Transportation Cabinet preventive maintenance project coming next month to downtown Ashland’s 12th Street bridge will mean extended life for the Ohio River crossing, but it requires a temporary traffic change – the bridge must be closed.

“While we understand the concerns this will create, it’s vitally important that work is done to keep the bridge in service for the 14,000 vehicles a day that use it,” said Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant of Kentucky Department of Highways District 9.

Cabins of Birch Hollow

A highway project that begins July 11 on KY 77 and KY 715 in the Red River Gorge in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties will cause traffic delays until the project is completed by the end of August.

The work will take place on KY 77 between the north end of the Nada Tunnel in Powell County and mile marker 2 in Menifee County, and on KY 715 between the KY 77 intersection in Menifee County and Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

Bridge Hunter

Work expected to start this week on a $900,000 bridge deck restoration project to improve seven bridges in northeast Kentucky has been rescheduled.

The project will instead start next week, Monday, July 9, when contractors plan to close the KY 1661 bridge over the Little Sandy River (milepoint 1.6) near Grayson in Carter County. The road will be closed at the bridge for 10 days for a pavement overlay and other work.


Motorists should watch for lane closures and increased traffic restrictions along KY 32 in Rowan County in the coming days as work ramps up at two Morehead intersections that are among the region’s highest crash rate locations.

Improvements include right turn lanes on KY 32 at the Fraley Drive-Pinecrest intersection just east of the I-64 interchange as well as lane separator curbs there and at KY 32 at West Main Street in downtown Morehead.

The I-64 rest areas at Morehead will close temporarily on Friday as a $2 million interstate resurfacing project in Rowan County nears completion.

On Friday morning, contractors will begin removing old blacktop and repaving each rest area’s access roads, and will finish paving the right lanes of eastbound and westbound I-64 between Exit 137 at Morehead and the 142 mile marker. The rest areas are expected to reopen Friday afternoon.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the Commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award recently at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony.

The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on state inspection reports.

The Ledger Independent

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced that highway repair projects in Mason, Lewis and Carter counties have received $360,690 in Rural Secondary Emergency Funds.

In Mason County, $19,500 will be used for flood damage and storm debris removal costs on Germantown Road (KY 3056) along Lawrence Creek. This is a 25 percent match on a federal Natural Resources Conservation Service grant.

In Lewis County, $158,950 will be used for slide repair costs on KY 989 (Salt Lick Road) about 2.5 miles east of the KY 3310 intersection.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Below zero temperatures didn’t keep District 9 snow plow crews from their appointed rounds overnight.

Crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties pushed as much snow as they could off back roads, cleaned up Priority A route medians and shoulders, replaced plow blades and did other maintenance work.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

State snow-fighters are preparing for more snow tonight even as they finish plow operations after a round of light snow blanketed northeast Kentucky early this morning.

CBS 58

Painting and repairs on two I-64 bridges in Bath County will impact interstate traffic in the coming weeks.

Beginning Nov. 6, contractors will patch concrete and paint underneath the I-64 bridge over Slate Creek at the 120 mile marker just west of Owingsville. The left shoulder of I-64 in both directions will be closed for a week or longer, depending on weather.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

An $800,000 project to improve and resurface US 60 through Owingsville will begin next week in Bath County.

Work, which starts Monday, Aug. 21, includes new blacktop, roadside widening, drainage pipe replacements, new handicapped sidewalk ramps and other improvements along US 60 from North Stepstone Road (about a mile west of the schools at mile marker 5) through downtown Owingsville to the KY 111 intersection (mile marker 8).


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that the Junior Williamson Rest Area at Slade – Exit 33 off eastbound Mountain Parkway – will be temporarily closed for a repair and renovation project beginning Monday, Aug. 14.

The project is anticipated to last approximately 75 days.

During the project duration, only commercial vehicle parking will be accessible. Portable bathrooms will be available on the premises to accommodate commercial drivers. All other access to the facility, parking area and vending machines will not be permitted.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Expect new traffic patterns in next week or two with much of KY 519 now rebuilt between Clack Mountain and KY 801 in Rowan County, contractors expect to open parts of the new highway this month and move toward final completion of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project.

In the next week or two, traffic will be switched onto new pavement beginning near Clack Mountain. As work progresses, other sections of the KY 519 project will open between there and the KY 801 intersection.

511 Contra Costa

State highway crews will begin activating traffic warning flashers at schools across northeast Kentucky next week as students and teachers return to classrooms.

And, that means hundreds of buses will be sharing roadways with work-day commuters each morning and afternoon. Most schools will hold first days the week of Aug. 7, with some returning the week of Aug. 14.

The Transportation Cabinet reminds all drivers to slow down in school zones, obey warning flashers on buses and never pass a bus on undivided highways when the stop arm is extended, and drive carefully.

New Federal Law to Affect the 2018 Boating Season

Mar 27, 2017
National Park Service

The Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation is alerting boaters of a recent change in federal law regarding the registration and renewal process for vessels.

Beginning January 2018, boat owners will need to verify all Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) when renewing or applying for new registrations. All HIN registrations must be valid and formatted correctly in order to be compliant with the new law.

Butler County Engineer's Office

Kentucky state snowfighters are preparing for winter weather duty across northeast Kentucky.

Today, Friday, Jan. 27, crews will pretreat roadways in advance of possible weekend snow by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing, which assists with snow-removal efforts.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Highway crews plan to upgrade the US 60 and KY 519 traffic signal at Morehead next week, Tuesday, Sept. 27, to provide new flashing yellow arrow indicators.

On Tuesday morning, motorists should watch for brief lane closures and delays during new signal installation.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will temporarily close KY 435 on the Fernleaf-Germantown side of the AA Highway intersection for the next four weeks.

On Thursday, April 14, the road will be barricaded near milepoint 0.6, just south of the AA Highway (KY 9), and the following detours established:

-Northbound KY 435 thru traffic from the KY 10 intersection at Fernleaf must use KY 10 to the AA Highway (KY 9), then take the AA (KY 9) north to access KY 435 toward Minerva.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors started replacing asphalt with concrete pavement today at the KY 7 and east I-64 intersection in Grayson, which will mean lane closures for the next several weeks.

Current traffic changes include restricting all northbound (from Grayson toward I-64) vehicles to one lane on KY 7 (Carol Malone Boulevard). Through the week of March 21, all KY 7 traffic shifts into the right lane near Interstate Drive and Love’s truck stop. And, the eastbound I-64 on and off ramps (Exit 172) are one lane.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State highway crews in northeast Kentucky are spot treating roadways today while preparing for the next, larger snowstorm that's expected to hit the region overnight. The public is advised to plan ahead, avoiding road travel on Friday and Saturday. 

As of 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, highways are mostly clear, with some slush or spotty snow cover on back roads. Salt truck and plow crews will continue to spot treat roadways.

Eight Year Driver's License Proposed

Nov 5, 2015
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Driver's licenses in Kentucky would be issued every eight years, instead of four, and the cost would go from 20-dollars to 50-dollars.

That’s the recommendation from the commissioner of the State’s Department of Motor Vehicle Regulation Randy Kuhl. He says other states are switching to an eight-year license period.

Kuhl says the price increase would be to help his department recover more of the cost for processing the license card.

Concrete pavement repairs and closure of the eastbound I-64 rest area in Rowan County have been rescheduled to start Thursday, and will now take place during daytime hours this week.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, the eastbound rest area at mile marker 141 near Morehead will close, and will remain closed until 6 p.m. that night. Closures will continue nightly through Friday or until work is complete. The westbound I-64 rest area will not be affected.

ABC 2 News

As residents of Breathitt, Estill and Lee counties prepare for the annual 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 on Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to use caution during the event.

“This event has really blossomed into a popular attraction,” said Corbett Caudill, chief engineer for District 10, which includes the three counties involved. “We’ve seen a big increase in traffic on the route since the yard sale began. We want to make sure that everyone who participates uses caution to prevent a tragedy.”

Residents of Menifee County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve US 460 in Frenchburg.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m. at the Menifee County High School cafeteria. It will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Students from Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Drakes Creek Middle School in Warren County, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Boone County and Simpson Elementary in Simpson County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2014 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest.

“The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering.”


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has established priority routes for snow and ice removal for the upcoming winter season in the 10 counties that make up the Department of Highways District 10.


With Election Day near, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

“Campaign signs should be displayed only on privately-owned property,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said. “We want to support and encourage the democratic process, but not at the expense of our motorists’ safety.”


Motorists traveling US 62 across the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge to downtown Maysville on Thursday, Oct. 2, will encounter lane closures.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Kentucky Department of Highways crews will patch part of the bridge’s concrete road surface on the Kentucky-bound side. Traffic will be one lane, controlled by flaggers, until 3 p.m. Traffic delays are expected, and travelers are encouraged to plan accordingly.