Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A new kind of Kentucky license plate has begun appearing on motor vehicles in the Commonwealth.

The most significant difference is in their manufacture – digitally printed on flat aluminum instead of traditional, embossed metal with raised letters and numbers.

The larger, unseen difference will be in savings to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) on storage space, bulk manufacturing and unused inventory. With digital technology, standard and specialty license plates can be produced as needed rather than having to be mass-produced.

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The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close part of KY 1013 (Watson Road) in Fleming County to all through traffic next week for paving operations.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, contractors will resurface four miles of KY 1013 between the KY 158 intersection near Hillsboro and Evans Hollow Road (milepoints 0-3.4).

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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.


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:


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


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.


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.


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.


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.