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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month.  The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way.

The cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnsongrass, Giant foxtail, Canada thistle, Nodding thistle, Common teasel, Multiflora rose, Amur honeysuckle, Poison hemlock, Marestail, Japanese knotweed, and Kudzu.


Motorists should watch for lane closures on KY 32 at the I-64 overpasses in Rowan County next week as part of a highway improvement project.

Beginning, Tuesday or Wednesday, March 7 or 8, depending on weather, crews will remove old, loose concrete on the interstate overpass bridge piers alongside KY 32 at Morehead to safeguard passing traffic and prepare the piers for future concrete patching. There are no structural issues with either of the interstate overpasses or the support piers.

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 Transportation Cabinet

The eastbound exit ramp from the Mountain Parkway to KY 30 will be closed through 9 a.m. Monday, September 12.

The closure will allow crews to remove the existing ramp and build a new one. Signs and message boards will alert travelers of the closure.

Eastbound vehicles needing to access KY 30 may use the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75), re-enter the Mountain Parkway heading west and then exit onto KY 30.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Arrows will point the way to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet traffic changes in the Morehead area this week.

On Cranston Road (KY 377) approaching the KY 32 intersection, crews have installed new arrow markings on the pavement to create dual left-turn lanes.

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.

Northeast Kentucky motorists should watch for continuing work zones on several state highways over the holidays and winter months.

Construction is ongoing for major projects on KY 32 in Nicholas County, I-64 in Carter and Rowan counties, at US 23 and KY 693 intersections in Greenup County, on KY 7 in Elliott County, on US 60 and KY 2 in Carter County, on KY 1722 in Rowan County and elsewhere.

KY 32 in Nicholas County

The Recorder

With salt stockpiled and snow removal priority routes established, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews are once again ready for winter weather duty.

At this time, District 9 has about 22,000 tons of salt and 75 snow plows, salt spreaders and other equipment on hand across Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties to keep 2,000 miles of state highways passable during inclement weather.

Group Seeks Ban on Highway Signs

Nov 9, 2015
Jason In Hollywood

The director of Scenic Kentucky is calling on the state legislature to block new administrative regulations on highway billboards from the State Transportation Cabinet.

Paul Bergman is especially concerned about rules that allow use of brighter, LED light fixtures on the signs.

Bergman says he’s offended by new regulations that permit the pruning of trees and other vegetation near billboards. He says brighter, LED lighting on billboards is dangerous and could cause accidents.

Kentucky state highway crews have reopened KY 1167 today (July 25) after replacing a damaged culvert under the roadway in the Craney Creek area of Rowan County near Morehead. Recent storms washed-out the culvert and part of the road. Rowan County maintenance crews used new steel pipes as a temporary fix until a permanent concrete structure can be installed. Crews finished roadway repairs this afternoon, although motorists should note that travel will be on rough surfaces until permanent repairs are complete. Previous detours have ceased. (story provided by the Kentucky Dept.

Millennium Highway

Residents of Morgan County are invited to attend a public informational meeting to discuss a project to improve KY 2498 in West Liberty.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the West Liberty City Hall. This will be an “open house” format meeting with no formal presentation.


With a break in weather, and in some cases despite the rains, several major road construction projects are continuing in Fleming, Rowan, Carter and Boyd counties.


Contractors are paving the bypass from the Maysville Road-KY 559 end back toward Elizaville Road near McDonald's. Work, and one-lane traffic, will progress toward Elizaville Road on Friday with some paving continuing next week. Work is also taking place now near the KY 11 intersection. Watch for flaggers and please heed warning signs.



One-lane traffic will begin today on I-64 in Carter and Rowan counties for a $11 million slide repair and pavement rehab project.

Contractors will start slide repairs first on the westbound side of the interstate around the 149 mile marker, which is already reduced to one lane due to pavement damage.

Paving Begins on KY 32 in Rowan County

Jul 6, 2015
Plainville Citizen

Motorists should expect lane closures and delays along 2.3 miles of KY 32 north of Morehead between the Fleming County line and the Park Hills Drive as contractors have begun major widening and paving of the highway in that area.

Since the highway serves approximately 4,000 to 9,000 vehicles per day in the area, traffic backups and delays are expected. Motorists should allow extra time and plan travel accordingly. In addition, due to the depth of paving, some entrances and side streets may be blocked for a period of time. Motorists should heed flagger instructions.


Motorists should watch for lane changes, flaggers and other highway construction traffic impacts this week, the week of June 22, in northeast Kentucky.

In Ashland, contractors have temporarily closed all traffic access to the KY 716 (Summit) intersection at US 60 for concrete pavement construction from the Kentucky State Police post to Speedway. No turns into KY 716 or out of KY 716 are being permitted.

Governor Steve Beshear has announced that $300,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has been approved for restoration of aesthetic lighting on a treasured landmark of Maysville – the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River.

The famed “necklace” lights that outline the 84-year-old suspension bridge were switched off in February 2014 after inspectors found exposed wiring, damaged or inadequate connectors, missing and damaged junction box covers and other electrical safety hazards.

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.

Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced today (June 2) that he is calling for a new extension of the Mountain Parkway into West Virginia, to “unlock the potential of our regions vibrant workforce.”

In a letter to each member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Congressional delegations, and both states’ governors, Speaker Stumbo championed the major new expansion.

“Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia share a vibrant workforce that is united in providing the finest quality labor anywhere,” said Stumbo.


More than $1.3 million of improvements to KY 11 in Bath and Fleming counties and KY 801 in Rowan County will mean lane closures and other traffic changes beginning the week of May 11 along 26 miles of state highway.

The projects, which were awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to Strawser Construction Inc., include pavement sealing and microsurface paving operations in these areas:

·         KY 11 in Bath County, from the Montgomery County line north past Sharpsburg to KY 1106 near Bethel, for a distance of 7.5 miles

Northeast Kentucky motorists are advised to watch for the following traffic restrictions on state highways in Rowan and Greenup counties.

--KY 3306 (Tunnel Branch Road) in southeast Greenup County is one lane at mile marker 2.0, about halfway between Hunnewell and KY 1 in Carter County, due to an embankment failure.

--Part of KY 3138 (Clay Lick Road) in Rowan County near Cave Run Lake is one lane with an 8-foot width limit due to an embankment slip adjacent to the roadway.

Marks Ride

A second public meeting for a KY 7 highway improvement project in Elliott and Morgan counties will take place Thursday, April 16, in Sandy Hook.

The Transportation Cabinet project will reconstruct 10 miles of KY 7 from the southern city limits of Sandy Hook to the KY 711 intersection at Wrigley in Morgan County.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will begin a $3.3 million Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement project next week, the week of April 6, along three miles of the Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 11) at Flemingsburg.

The project will rebuild part of the older section of the Flemingsburg Bypass between the Maysville Road-West Water Street intersection north of downtown past the hospital and Elizaville Road area to the KY 11 Business (Mt. Sterling Avenue) intersection south of downtown.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The public is invited to learn more about plans to extend the Mountain Parkway in Eastern Kentucky.

Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its consultants will discuss alternatives to develop a four-lane, high-speed route along the KY 114 corridor between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

'Complete Streets' Gaining Traction in Kentucky

Mar 30, 2015
Greg Stotelmyer

Health advocates are pointing to what's happening in Grant County as an example of how an inclusive transportation network can lead to a healthier community.

The idea is known as complete street, where all users of the roadway, including walkers and bikers, are considered during planning and renovations.

Marsha Bach, health promotion manager with the Northern Kentucky Health Department, says Williamstown has made that part of its master plan, while Corinth and Dry Ridge have passed complete streets resolutions.

Fox 17

Morehead area residents are going to be happy when a three-million dollar improvement of Kentucky 32 north of the city is completed, but a spokesman for the State Transportation Cabinet says they should prepare themselves for some inconvenience in the meantime.       

Allen Blair is with the District 9 office in Flemingsburg.  He says the resurfacing work and wider shoulders that are part of that project will cause congestion during the construction period.

KY 32 Road Project to Begin in Rowan County

Mar 9, 2015

A major improvement of Kentucky 32 north of Morehead will get underway later this month.

Kentucky Department of Highways spokesman Allen Blair says just over two miles of the road will be re-paved with wider shoulders and culvert extensions.

Blair says the project is expected to cost about three million dollars.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to know how best to improve your drive between Vanceburg and Morehead.

And, to answer that question, engineers are now gathering information about the KY 59-KY 344-KY 377 state highway corridor that links the AA Highway (KY 9) at Vanceburg in Lewis County to Big Perry Road (KY 799) at Triplett in northern Rowan County.

Pike County U.S. 460

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined local and state officials to ceremonially open the much-anticipated first half of the U.S. 460 realignment project in Pike County – an 8-mile, $283 million project.

Speaking to a full gymnasium at Shelby Valley High School, Gov. Beshear emphasized the importance and need of this project.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Paving of the KY 32 Morehead connector continues this week between Big Four Street and Mabry Drive downtown.

Weather permitting; it’s the goal of the contractor and Kentucky Department of Highways to have major work finished and lane closures removed before Thursday’s (August 7) opening day of school. In addition, the state has contracted with law enforcement to provide some downtown traffic control during construction.