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The Kentucky Department of Highways will close part of KY 503 in Greenup County the week of August 10 to replace a damaged bridge.

The steel beams and concrete foundation of a culvert-style bridge that spans Uhlens Run just south of Yates Road (milepoint 7.89) have deteriorated and must be replaced.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, District 10

The westbound lanes of the Mountain Parkway have been closed indefinitely at milepost 35.8 in Powell County, just west of the Wolfe County line, due to the collapse of the roadbed beneath the pavement. This location is near the Tunnel Ridge Road underpass at the top of Slade Hill.

Westbound traffic is being detoured at Exit 40 in Wolfe County onto northbound KY 15. Drivers can re-enter the Mountain Parkway at Exit 33 at Slade. Signs are in place to inform drivers of the closure. The westbound lanes of the parkway are blocked at Exit 40 at Pine Ridge in Wolfe County.

National Capital Industries

Improvements to several AA Highway bridges in Lewis County are coming soon under a $1.4 million Transportation Cabinet seven-bridge improvement project in northeast Kentucky.

Weather permitting, contractors plan to start resurfacing work Wednesday, July 22, at the AA Highway (KY 9) bridge over Salt Lick Creek just north of Vanceburg at milepoint 13.6. The bridge will be reduced to one lane with traffic controlled by temporary signals for 30 days.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

The next phase of planning for the newest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion is set to begin this month.

In June, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) a $55 Million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to partially fund construction on the Wolfe County segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion. Preparation for this segment will move forward as KYTC begins delivering letters to impacted property owners along the Parkway, detailing the purchasing needs for land surrounding the project site.

KY Forward

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-2021 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State.

“Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things and places that matter most to us.”

WAFB

Part of Crooked Creek Road (KY 1244) in Nicholas County will be closed this month to repair an embankment slip.

Beginning Monday morning, July 27, state highway crews will close KY 1244 at milepoint 3.4, about two tenths of a mile west of Barterville. The road will remain closed there, day and night, for two weeks as crews excavate the slope and place rock along the roadside to rebuild the embankment.

Fox 19

As part of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s yearly bridge inspection program, the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) in downtown Maysville will be closed next Tuesday for several hours.

Weather permitting, engineers will close the Ohio River bridge Tuesday, July 21, at 9 a.m. to inspect the steel support towers, main suspension cable, and other structural components. The bridge should reopen by 3 p.m. or when inspections are complete.

Message Media

Work continues this week on a $1.4 million Transportation Cabinet seven-bridge improvement project in northeast Kentucky as contractors begin resurfacing today on a Flemingsburg Bypass (KY 32) bridge in Fleming County.

The KY 32 bridge, which spans Fleming Creek about a mile east of KY 11-Mt. Sterling Avenue (towards Morehead) at Flemingsburg, will be one lane controlled by temporary traffic signals for about the next 30 days.

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.

Mountain Parkway

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that his administration successfully secured for a $55,150,000 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund the Mountain Parkway Expansion through Wolfe County.

The grant was awarded to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

WXIX

The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) in downtown Maysville will reopen today with a 15-ton restricted weight limit.

Once crews check that traffic signals are operating normally and remove barricades, use of the bridge may resume. Motorists should heed all warning signs and use caution during the traffic switch.

All traffic using the bridge will be restricted to a 15-ton weight limit. Traffic over the posted limit may detour using US 68 and the nearby William Harsha Bridge.

Photo Bucket

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:

Transport Topics

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray has extended until June 1, 2020 an existing emergency order that temporarily lifts regulatory restrictions on motor carriers delivering goods and services critical to COVID-19 pandemic relief.

The order is in keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of an emergency as part of a sweeping effort to protect Kentuckians and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Secretary Gray’s original order, issued on March 13, would have expired at midnight Sunday.

Heart To Heart International

In keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of emergency and safety focus for Kentuckians, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray today signed an emergency order temporarily suspending certain regulatory restrictions on motor carriers engaged in delivering goods and services to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts.

The order will expedite the delivery of bottled water, food, water, medicine, fuel and other critical supplies. It also applies to vehicles engaged in response efforts in affected areas.

Photo Bucket

Contractors plan to start repairs March 16 on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge (US 62) at Maysville to fix damaged cabling so the bridge can be reopened to traffic this spring.

The 1930s-era downtown bridge, which carries US 62 across the Ohio River between Maysville and Aberdeen, Ohio, was restricted to a 3-ton weight limit in July when inspectors found corrosion damage to several suspender cables – the vertical cables extending from the main suspension cable that support the bridge’s driving surface.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). Initial data indicates there were 734 fatalities in 2019, compared to 724 in 2018.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Gov. Andy Beshear and Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said Wednesday at the Kentucky Transportation headquarters they are focused on helping Kentuckians who need a REAL ID obtain one by the Oct. 1 deadline.

Despite Kentucky not currently meeting the federal REAL ID standards, the Beshear administration is committed to implementing the initiative. On Wednesday, Gov. Beshear and Secretary Gray announced a new REAL ID project manager and two more office locations and Secretary Gray demonstrated how to apply for a REAL ID.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Public meetings start next week in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s study of highway needs in the Ashland-Boyd-Greenup urban area of northeast Kentucky.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5-7 p.m. at the Flatwoods Senior Center. A second will follow Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5-7 p.m. at Ashland City Hall.

ScholarEdge

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment.

KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1, 2020 deadline for scholarship consideration.

Hendersonville

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's $500,000 project to replace the aging KY 211 bridge over Cow Creek near Salt Lick will begin next week in Bath County.

Work starts Monday, Jan. 6, and will require KY 211 to close at the construction site (milepoint 8.2) for up to 60 days as contractors demolish the old bridge and build a new one in its place. A detour will be marked using US 60 and KY 1269 through Peasticks.

IPA Foundation

Administrative and pricing changes are ahead for the special license plate program to comply with legislative changes made during the spring General Assembly.

At the end of December, the Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing will begin implementing House Bill 341’s modifications to two statutes governing special license plates – the state’s optional license plates manufactured for 44 approved non-profit organizations.

NKY Tribune

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray invites Kentucky students to submit original artwork for the agency’s annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest following the theme, Adopt-a-Highway: Keeping Kentucky Beautiful.

The artwork promotes a litter-free message to residents and winners can prizes.

WKYT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is making major progress to introduce a modernized license plate manufacturing process in late 2020 after entering into a recent agreement with Intellectual Technologies Inc.

Unlike current license plates embossed with raised letters and numbers, the new plates will be flat and printed digitally, reducing the production costs of bulk manufacturing, storage space, and unused inventory. The background graphics and pricing for standard and special license plates will remain the same.

Mountain Parkway Expansion

After three years of construction, the new four-lane segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion running through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row is now fully open to traffic. Restaurant Row marks the second section of the Parkway to be completed under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)’s Mountain Parkway Expansion.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

With snow and ice season kicking off Nov. 1, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KYTC) nearly 2,000 snowfighters have stocked salt supplies, trained crews and 1,400 plow trucks ready to respond as needed to the state's first snow event of the season expected to hit portions of the state tonight.

Statewide, slick road conditions and low visibility are possible Monday night into Tuesday morning's commute.

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.

KY Forward

While visiting Sandy Hook on Friday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Department of Rural and Municipal Aid Commissioner Gray Tomblyn II announced $214,965 in discretionary funds has been awarded to the city for resurfacing and state highway improvements.

“This funding builds upon existing transportation investments and allows the Cabinet to collaborate with local governments to identify projects that will have a large impact in communities,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas.

Explore Venango

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.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is driving home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel- buckling up and putting down the phone.

Launching today, the state’s first Buckle Up Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website, kyhighwaysafety.com, to promote the initiative.

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