Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Stay home and let the snow fighters handle it.

That’s the advice of the Kentucky Department of Highways as a massive winter storm promises to blanket the northeast region in heavy snow this weekend.

Highway crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties will report for duty beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday morning with all salt trucks and snow plows ready to roll.


Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews will report for duty overnight with salt trucks ready to treat potentially icy roads in northeast Kentucky.

The National Weather Service says a flash freeze is possible overnight as cold air rushes in after today’s rain and drops temperatures into the teens. Any leftover water on roadways could create ice and slick driving conditions.


Most state highways in northeast Kentucky are clear this afternoon as crews focus their third day of plow work on snow-packed back roads.

As of Saturday morning, Kentucky Department of Highway District crews were plowing and treating highways -- especially lesser-traveled secondary roads -- in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Department of Highways crews have made progress clearing snow from state highways in northeast Kentucky.

As of 5:30 p.m., main Priority A routes such as I-64, US 23, US 60, KY 32, US 62, US 68, KY 11, KY 67, AA Highway, and other heavily-traveled highways are mostly clear in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties.

Most lesser-traveled Priority B and C routes are partly to mostly covered with a hard snowpack, with generally better conditions northward where less snow fell.

Glasgow Daily Times

Plow crews made some road-clearing progress in northeast Kentucky overnight after snowfall left the region, but conditions remain hazardous today and travel is not advised.

At 7 a.m., main Priority A routes are partly to mostly covered with snow and ice in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties. In some areas, plows have been across back roads, Priority B and C routes, but they remain covered with snow.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 salt truck crews will report for duty tonight between midnight and 5 a.m. to treat roads as needed Monday morning.

The National Weather Service expects a winter storm to bring below-freezing temperatures and light snow overnight across northeast Kentucky, especially along and south of the I-64 corridor. Quickly falling temperatures and already wet roads could create black ice.

Levisa Lazer

To keep Kentucky roadways as safe as possible through the holidays, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Dec. 15, 2021 through Jan. 1, 2022.

Times Leader

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to widen KY 801 between the MMRC industrial park and KY 158 in Rowan County, and will hold a public meeting next week to discuss the project and seek comments.

The open-house style meeting will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Morehead Conference Center on First Street in downtown Morehead. The public may visit at any time to view road project information and provide feedback.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

As Kentuckians soak in the final views of falling leaves, state transportation crews are on the lookout for the first sight of snow to spring into action. Nearly 2,100 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) staff and crew members have been preparing for months for the November launch of snow and ice season when crews are on standby to maintain travel on state routes once winter weather strikes.

National Capital Industries

There will be temporary daytime closures of Big Perry Road (KY 799) in Rowan County next week for embankment repairs.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, crews will build a concrete retaining wall along the embankment of Big Perry Road about 1.8 miles north of US 60. Barricades will be placed at Gene White Lane (milepoint 0.3) and at milepoint 2.2 near a forest service road, and KY 799 will be closed to all thru traffic.

National Capital Industries

Work will take place on the Grayson spur of the AA Highway (KY 9) in Lewis County this month as part of a $746,000 pavement preservation project.

Beginning the week of Aug. 16, contractors will apply a thin layer of microsurface – a polymer-based blacktop –to eight miles of the Grayson spur from KY 10 (AA) near Vanceburg to the Lewis-Carter county line to preserve the asphalt pavement underneath.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Culvert repairs on US 60 east of Morehead in Rowan County will restrict part of the highway to one-lane traffic in the coming weeks.

On Monday, July 26, Kentucky Department of Highways crews will start concrete repairs at a deteriorated culvert that carries Schoolhouse Branch Creek under the highway about four-tenths of a mile east of Christy Creek (KY 32) near Morehead.

Spokesman Review

With this year’s 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 in Breathitt, Estill, and Lee counties approaching on Friday and Saturday, July 2-3, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again urging motorists to use caution during the annual event.


A clean, safe and inviting rest area on the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 in Rowan County today was announced as the “best maintained” in Kentucky for 2020.

“One thing that all travelers appreciate is a well-run, well-maintained, easily accessible rest area where they can stop, relax and enjoy a respite from the road,” said Jim Gray, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, which annually presents the Best Maintained Rest Area Award.

National Capital Industries

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will temporarily close part of US 60 east in Rowan County on Tuesday, June 1,  for nearly two weeks to replace a deep culvert under the highway.

Beginning June 1 and continuing through June 12, contractors will close US 60 just west of Glenwood Hollow Road (about a mile from the county line at milepoint 16.22) to excavate the highway, remove a deteriorated concrete culvert, pour concrete to build a new culvert, then backfill and rebuild the road.

First State Update

Drivers who use KY 3354 (Cat Creek Road) in Powell County will need to find an alternate route beginning Monday, May 24. The bridge crossing Cat Creek at milepoint 4.1 will be closed for up to 60 days for replacement.

The project to replace the bridge 1.1 miles south of KY 11/KY 15 is part of the Bridging Kentucky program.

Kentucky Today

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists that roadside mowing and cleanup operations are now taking place across northeast Kentucky.

State highway crews in Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis counties have already begun mowing rights of way along state highways. Mowing operations in Bath, Elliott, Fleming, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties will begin next week, the week of May 17.

Exact dates of work vary by county, and work is weather dependent.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 9

Construction’s under way on a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet highway safety project to replace the US 60-KY 801 intersection near the Bath-Rowan county line with a mini-roundabout.

Contractors are currently working on drainage, lighting, and other parts of the intersection, and expect to begin pavement changes next week, the week of April 12. Construction will take about two weeks, weather permitting.

Kentucky Department of Highways, District 9

Work will start this month on a $1.3 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project to upgrade the William H. Harsha Bridge (US 68) at Maysville.

The project includes a new latex concrete surface on all driving lanes, joint and seal replacements, and other improvements to the 2,100-foot bridge that carries US 68 across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio.

Contractors will set up traffic control on the bridge the week of March 15, then begin milling and paving operations. Work will continue through July.

Press Herald

Kentucky Department of Highways salt truck and plow crews are out in force across northeast Kentucky tonight treating roads as freezing rain and snow move across the region.

As of 9 p.m., crews report a rain or freezing rain mix in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Rowan counties, with a rain and snow mix along more northern Ohio River counties. Icy conditions are reported at bridges, cold spots, and higher elevations. It’s expected that freezing rain and ice will be falling in all counties – and affecting all roads – by midnight.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet warns recipients of a text phishing attempt reported today impersonating a state agency.

The text message includes a link and the sender is listed as "KYDOT."

The text message is not from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and recipients are warned not to click the link that asks for personal information. The Cabinet does not send text messages that solicits personal information.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

State highway crews will remain on duty overnight to keep roadways passable as a winter storm continues to impact northeast Kentucky.

As of 4 p.m., road conditions were reported as mostly wet with possible slush in some areas. Air and pavement temperatures are averaging 29 to 33 degrees. Fast-moving bands of snow and temperatures falling into the low 20s could create icy road conditions overnight.


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) snowfighters deployed in various sections of the commonwealth today to get a jump on an approaching weather front bringing snow.

Forecasters warned of a squall-like system moving into western Kentucky early today and spreading eastward, beginning with rain and a few light snow showers but turning increasingly to snow toward evening with less than 1 inch accumulation over most of the state.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Motorists should expect increased traffic impacts approaching downtown Russell over the next month as contractors begin steel work on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s KY 244 viaduct replacement project in Greenup County.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, steelworkers will begin offloading and placing girders on newly-built bridge piers adjacent to the existing KY 244 (Bellefonte Street) viaduct.

The work will require flagged traffic or temporary traffic stops on KY 244 several times a day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the next four weeks.

Kentucky Department of Highways, District 9

All lanes of KY 801 near Billy’s Branch at Cave Run Lake in Rowan County are currently blocked by a landslide.

The slide occurred this morning between mile markers 7.5 and 8 just north of the Billy’s Branch picnic area. Barricades have been placed at the ranger station on the US 60 side of the slide and at the Scott’s Creek Marina boat ramp.

My LED Lighting Guide

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet have launched an initiative to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures across the state with energy saving LED lights.

The upgrades will reduce energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by more than fifty percent and save more than $2.8 million a year in reduced utility and maintenance costs.


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will conduct a special inspection of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) in downtown Maysville next Thursday, which requires the bridge to close to all traffic for about six hours.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, engineers will close the Ohio River bridge to inspect cables and other structural components. The bridge should reopen by 3 p.m. or as soon as inspections are complete. In case of bad weather, the bridge inspection will take place 9-3 on Friday, Nov. 13, or on the next available date.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Chilly early November temperatures signal the fast approaching winter months – primetime for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) snow and ice removal efforts.

Nearly 2,000 frontline crews charged with maintaining safe travel on state routes will face the first snow and ice season during a health pandemic and Gov. Andy Beshear calls upon TEAM Kentucky to keep fellow Kentuckians safe on and off the roads.  

Bridging Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking input from Kentuckians on the state’s public involvement process used to identify and plan for statewide transportation projects.

Comments are welcome from members of the public through Dec. 15, 2020.

A draft of the Public Involvement Process can be found online at: http://transportation.ky.gov

The public is invited to submit comments through a short confidential survey available on the website.

National Capital Industries

Traffic detours began this week on a $670,000 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge replacement project on Little Perry Road in eastern Rowan County.

Contractors expected to open a temporary creek crossing today adjacent to the county road bridge just off US 60 at Hays Crossing. The temporary road will be used to reroute traffic while contractors build the new Little Perry Road Bridge across Triplett Creek.

Work will take place over the next two months. During construction, all Little Perry Road traffic should use caution along the alternate route.