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Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

One week after announcing his goal to build an interstate-quality highway between Prestonsburg and Beckley, W.Va., Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and three other House leaders discussed an even larger goal this afternoon during meetings with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Washington, D.C.  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner attended the meeting with Rep. Rogers.

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.

Federal Highway Administration

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet safety project to better mark curves along northeast state highways is now under way in Rowan, Lewis, Carter, Greenup and Boyd counties.

The project, part of the cabinet’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), will install new “horizontal alignment signs” along seven state roads identified as having a history of roadway departure crashes. The signs include highly-reflective chevrons marking the direction of curves as well as suggested speed limit signs.

WSB TV

Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth – the second such declaration in less than a month. 

“Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update as of 6am, Thursday, March 5 for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 including the counties of Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews have been on the road in plow trucks all night and are still plowing and salting as needed - concentrating on I-64, AA Highway, US 23, US 60 and other main Priority A routes - but snow continues to fall at such a rate that snow is piling up behind plows and creating completely covered, slick roads across the district.

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.

WKYT

An investigation is underway into a deadly crash in Rowan County.

Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt, Jr. says Jim Ham, 84, of Morehead, was killed in the crash Friday night (Jan. 31) on East Wilkinson Boulevard (U.S. 60), near the campus of Morehead State University.

Northcutt tells WKYT that Ham was a volunteer at the Life Care Center in Morehead for much of his life. He says Ham was walking from the nursing home to his home when he was killed.

Around 8 p.m., Morehead Police were called to a report of a driver hitting Ham, who was trying to cross U.S. 60.

Brent Spence Bridge Repairs Needed

Jan 13, 2015
Bridge Hunter

The U.S. transportation system has not caught up to the 21st Century and the Brent Spence Bridge between Kentucky and Ohio is a good example.

That’s what Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told the Transportation Research Board during its annual meeting in Washington on Monday (Jan. 12).       

Foxx says the 52-year-old span linking Covington and Cincinnati has needed replacement for more than a decade.

WSB TV

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has temporarily suspended installation of the ET-Plus guardrail end treatment, pending results of new crash tests mandated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Trinity notified state departments of transportation that it would stop shipment of ET-Plus units until testing is completed. KYTC has de-listed the ET-Plus as a permitted option for installation or replacement of Type 1 guardrail end treatments.

Senior Driver Safety Program Available

Oct 21, 2014
Houston Driving School

While many Kentuckians think of Driver's Ed as something just for teenagers, experts say a refresher course makes good safety and financial sense, even for those who have had their driver's licenses for several decades.

AARP Kentucky's Driver Safety Program coordinator, Leon Morrow, says driving a car today isn't the same as it was when many older Kentuckians first got behind the wheel.

Exaktime

The Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth – will have a significantly lower price tag when construction begins later this year.

Governor Steve Beshear has unveiled the first of a series of innovative engineering improvements, changes that will reduce the cost of the project by at least $40 million and provide a more direct route for motorists and commercial vehicles.

Kentucky Roads

Governor Steve Beshear has announced that Kentucky has taken a significant step toward realizing a long-held goal of a six-lane Interstate 65 from the Ohio River to the Tennessee line.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a $138.48 million contract to rebuild 17 miles of the interstate in Hart, LaRue and Hardin counties, widening it to six lanes – three in each direction – from four lanes.

The project area stretches from mile point 64.9 in Hart County, near Munfordville, through LaRue County to mile point 82.2 in Hardin County, near Sonora.

Pic 2 Fly

Paving jobs on US 60 in Boyd County and on KY 59 and KY 344 in Lewis County are among road improvement projects affecting traffic the week of Aug. 11 in northeast Kentucky.

Road work is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Motorists are asked to heed all warning signs, slow-down in work zones and remain aware of workers and construction equipment when traveling in the follow counties:

BOYD COUNTY

Highway 68 Closed For Repairs

Jun 12, 2014
Central Kentucky News

Road repairs along a busy connector between Lexington and Mercer County could impact business and cultural activities the next few weeks. 

State transportation crews are working on a three mile stretch of U.S. Highway 68 between Coghill Lane to the Brooklyn Bridge over the Kentucky River.  Cabinet Spokeswoman Natasha Lacy says the work focuses on maintaining a safe route.

Financial Incentives Proposed For Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Jun 5, 2014
Fox Business

More vehicles traveling on Ohio's roadways could be burning cheaper and cleaner fuels, depending on the outcome of legislation in Columbus.

House Bill 336 would create several financial incentives for state agencies, public-transportation systems, private businesses and consumers to convert vehicles to run on natural gas or propane.

Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio, said the up-front cost is a barrier for many who want to make these conversions.

Carrolton Crash Documentary Used For DUI Training

Apr 28, 2014
news.cincinnati.com

A documentary film about the nation's worst drunk driving incident is being integrated into classes for DUI offenders. 

"Impact: After the Crash" tells the story of the 1988 Carrolton bus crash in which 27 people, many teenagers, were killed.  Jason Epperson of Winchester directed the film.

"Just kind of meeting and intimately learning about the families and the survivors and what they went through in this crash it was incredible.  It was a very worthy project, a project that I feel like I hang my hat on and something to be proud to be part of,” said Epperson.

MSN

After working to clear state highways of freezing rain, and removing fallen trees and debris, Transportation Cabinet crews are back in their plows spot treating roads across northeast Kentucky.

Motorists are advised to travel with caution as scattered snow showers and falling temperatures could create slick spots and slush-covered travel lanes even on roadways that were clear earlier today (Feb. 5).

Parking Ticket Fine Increase Proposed

Jan 29, 2014
AMS Vans

Lexington city officials are considering more than a 15 hundred percent increase in fines for illegally parking in handicapped spots. 

Under the proposal passed by the Budget Committee on Tuesday (Jan. 28), the fine goes from 15 dollars to 250 dollars.  Committee members had considered a range of fines, but instead, adopted an amendment by Vice Mayor Linda Gorton.

“I think this needs to be a stiff enough fine that people won’t do it ever,” said Gorton.

ATV Helmet Bill Clears Committee

Jan 29, 2014
ATV Illustrated

A Kentucky Senate Committee has adopted legislation to lessen helmet requirements for certain all-terrain vehicle operators.  The measure was offered by Monticello Senator Sarah Beth Gregory.

Kentucky law currently requires recreational ATV drivers to wear a helmet when traveling on public roads.  There are exceptions for travel related to such things as mining, agriculture, and snow removal. 

Mountain Parkway Expansion Discussed

Dec 18, 2013

Governor Beshear says his administration is exploring several options to pay for expanding the Mountain Parkway to four lanes through Kentucky’s eastern coal region. The governor discussed the issue with Bill Goodman on KET’s “One To One” program.

Megabus Expands Lexington Service

Aug 1, 2013
Megabus

A bus ride from Lexington to northern Ohio should be quicker and cheaper.  Megabus is launching a new connector service to Cleveland.

Catching a Megabus at Lexington’s downtown transit center can start you on your way to Cincinnati.  It’s there, where connectors are available for trips to Chicago, Cleveland, and Buffalo.  Cut rate tickets, which are sold over the internet, can be as low as a dollar.  Megabus spokesman Mike Alvich says low fares are available, if travelers plan ahead…

The Kentucky Department of Highways will temporarily close KY 161 in southern Mason County on Monday, August 5 for a drainage pipe replacement. The work, and road closure, will take place approximately from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 5, 2013 between Flat Fork Road and KY 324. Motorists may detour using KY 324 and KY 170. Road work schedules are dependent upon weather. Motorists should heed all warning signs, and drive carefully by remaining aware of workers and construction equipment at all times.

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