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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

This Independence Day weekend, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”

Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired.

Gibraltar Cable Barrier System

With work complete on new median cable barrier along 10 miles of I-64 in Boyd County, contractors have moved cable installation to eight miles of Rowan County interstate.

Work zone signs and barrels are in place now on I-64 from mile marker 129 near the Bath County line to mile marker 137 at the Morehead exit, and crews are installing new median cable barrier there.

WTVQ

Gov. Andy Beshear today announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) regional driver licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday, June 10.

It is part of Gov. Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

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Construction of a new “flyover” bridge into downtown Russell will start this spring as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet invests $20 million to replace an aged and deficient viaduct bridge, improving safety and daily traffic flow.

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Engineers plan to reopen the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in downtown Maysville in early May after additional rust-proofing and final inspections.

The 1930s-era bridge, which carries US 62 across the Ohio River between Maysville and Aberdeen, Ohio, closed late last year when inspectors found extensive corrosion damage to several suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface.

Gibralter Cable Barrier System

New cable barrier will come to 18 miles of I-64 in Boyd and Rowan counties this year, with work beginning next week between Ashland’s interstate exits.

Cable barrier, which uses a high-tension fence of continuous steel cables to help prevent vehicles from crossing the median into opposing traffic, is a safety device often used on interstates and divided highways to reduce the severity of crashes.

As part of two $3 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet projects, cables will be installed along the I-64 median in two areas:

WAFB

An embankment slip has closed KY 2 in Greenup County at North Fork hill (milepoint 8.8) until further notice.

The slip occurred overnight about 2.5 miles from the KY 7 intersection along a previously-repaired embankment just east of North Fork Road, and has broken the pavement at least halfway across driving lanes causing the road surface to collapse a foot or more.

As a traffic safety precaution, KY 2 will remain closed there to all thru traffic until further notice. Engineers will assess the situation today and begin planning repairs.

Bridging Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will upgrade six miles of US 60 around the Rowan-Bath county line this year as part of a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) project.

The project includes realigning a sharp curve at Bluestone and replacing the KY 801 intersection at Farmers with a mini-roundabout, as well as pavement improvements, new rumble strips, improved roadway markings, new guardrails and signs on US 60 from Cherry Lane at Midland in Bath County to Bluestone Road in Rowan County.

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State highway crews in Greenup County are responding to water and debris on roads today following overnight heavy rain and storms.

High water and road closed signs have been placed at the following locations where water is over the roadway:

* KY 2 at MP 6.4 (KY 7 intersection) to MP 6.8 (Hoods Run Road)

* KY 784 MP 8.8 to MP 10.79 (near KY 2)

* KY 784 MP 10.8 (near KY 2) to MP 11.2

Bridgemeister

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a $250,000 project to repair damaged cables found this summer on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) at Maysville.

The project includes installation of temporary support rods and brackets at 19 locations adjacent to damaged suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface – as a short-term safety measure and to hopefully return the bridge to a more normal weight limit while longer-term repairs are considered.

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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 20-26, to help empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely.

KYForward

During Friday’s West Liberty City Council meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $100,500 in discretionary funds for resurfacing work and patching on portions of eight city streets.

Pavement repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures. The investment supports Gov. Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

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During Monday’s Lewis County Fiscal Court meeting, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $355,655 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on eight miles of roadway. Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, raveling, and base failures.

The significant investment supports Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

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The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months.

A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available statewide by the end of the summer.

WEVV

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet bridge painting and repair project totaling nearly $2 million will start next week along I-64 in Carter and Rowan counties.

Contractors will begin joint repairs Tuesday, April 9, or Wednesday, depending upon weather, on the I-64 bridges over the Little Sandy River east of Grayson.

Motorists should expect one-lane traffic across the bridges – the right lane will close first, followed by the left lane – during work hours, approximately 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

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During Tuesday’s Greenup Fiscal Court meeting, an official from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid announced $539,077 in discretionary funds for vital resurfacing work on Brush Creek Road and on parts of Plum Fork Road.

Resurfacing repairs address existing surface cracks, potholes, rutting, crumbling shoulders and base failures. These funds support Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to prioritize transportation infrastructure projects and increase economic opportunity across the Commonwealth.

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9

Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews will mobilize snow plows and salt trucks overnight to fight snow expected on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for northeast Kentucky from 1 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. Currently, forecasts call for snow beginning about 4 a.m. Saturday, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation expected in northern parts of the region and lesser accumulations to the south and eastward along the I-64 corridor.

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Work is starting on a $1.4 million highway improvement project along 5 miles of Christy Creek Road (KY 32) in Rowan County.

The work includes sight-distance improvements, new drainage pipes and culverts, and new blacktop on KY 32 from US 60 at Morehead (milepoint 8.5) east to Veterans Lane (milepoint 13.6), which is about a mile west of KY 3318-Open Fork.

WTVQ

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced all personalized license plates will transition to a birth month expiration beginning January 2, 2019 to comply with House Bill 530.

This legislative change brings personalized license plates in line with standard issue plates that expire on the last day of the vehicle owner’s birth month.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encourages school-aged students from across the Commonwealth to submit original artwork for the annual Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest to promote a litter-free Kentucky and earn a prize. The entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 16.

The Adopt-a-Highway Program’s Art Contest is held annually to increase public awareness about the damaging effects of litter, change attitudes and behaviors about littering and educate Kentuckians about the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Entries must be postmarked on or before Nov. 16 to be considered for this year’s contest.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Two Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crew members are in Arkansas this week with Kentucky's top truck, tractor, backhoe and grader drivers to represent their state at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators Safety Training Conference ‘roadeo.’

Duane Dehart, superintendent of the district's Rowan County maintenance crew, and Nick Clark, Nicholas County maintenance superintendent, will compete Sept. 4-6 in tractor mower, lowboy, snow plow and other equipment skills contests, hoping to bring home a national-level trophy for Kentucky.

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This week will begin a series of traffic alterations across different areas of the Mountain Parkway.

Drivers should be aware of changes impacting eastbound traffic exiting the Parkway at the KY 205 interchange, traffic over Burning Fork Bridge near Salyersville, and changes to business access throughout Salyersville’s Restaurant Row.

Burning Fork Bridge

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Contractors will close US 60 just east of the KY 211 intersection in Salt Lick overnight Wednesday for drainage pipe installation.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 5, crews will close US 60 to all traffic near milepoint 16.5 on the Farmers side (east) of KY 211 at Salt Lick to cut through the road and install a drainage pipe. The road will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Sept. 6.

Chronicle Herald

As the May primary election nears, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds candidates and property owners that campaign signs, as well as other non-official signs, are not allowed on state highway rights of way.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements over the next six years.

Editor's note: The following is provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State highways crews remain on salt truck duty this morning as a winter storm moves across the northeast Kentucky region.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

A safety improvement project on KY 7 at Pomp in Morgan County will result in a long-term road closure scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 8.

The road will be closed until late July or early August to realign a curve near the KY 1161 intersection. This will impact traffic between West Liberty and Sandy Hook.

In addition, KY 1161 will be closed at this location.

Listverse

The Junior Williamson Rest Area, located at Exit 33 of the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway at Slade in Powell County, will reopen for public use at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

All portions of the rest area, including restrooms, vending, and short-term parking, will be open to the public. The rest area had been closed to all but commercial vehicle parking since mid-August for a repair and renovation project.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Significant progress is being made in the Restaurant Row Segment, a roughly two-and-a-half-mile project in Salyersville.

Crews are moving forward with utility tie-ins to new gravity sewers in this business-dense section, and blasting/excavation work will resume soon behind the Magoffin County Health Department.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved $75,000 to temporarily support and stabilize the Dover Covered Bridge in Mason County.

In late July, a flash flood severely damaged the historic wooden bridge when thunderstorms dropped more than 7 inches of rain across the region. Lee Creek rose out of its banks and washed away two 12,000-pound steel support beams from under the bridge. Floodwater also shifted its truss off foundations and peeled away blacktop on the road at either end.

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