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2017 Kentucky Official Highway Map is Now Available

Feb 27, 2017
WTVQ

Featuring the Commonwealth's expansive waterways, Kentucky's new road maps will create quite a splash in the upcoming travel season.

The 2017 Official Highway Map – now available at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky state parks– provides more than directions for its readers. 

newstalkkgvo.com

A $1.2 million project to upgrade and paint three bridges in Carter and Rowan counties will start this month.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, repair crews are replacing joints and performing other work on the KY 1274 bridge over the Licking River at the Rowan-Menifee county line (milepoint 0). The work will reduce the bridge to one-lane for at least the next two weeks, with temporary signals controlling traffic across the bridge in both directions. Motorists should expect delays. Message boards will be used to warn travelers.

Butler County Engineer's Office

Kentucky state snowfighters are preparing for winter weather duty across northeast Kentucky.

Today, Friday, Jan. 27, crews will pretreat roadways in advance of possible weekend snow by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing, which assists with snow-removal efforts.

WDRB

Drivers traveling in Louisville and Southern Indiana need to prepare for the start of tolling on three Ohio River bridges. Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin Friday, December 30. 

Tolled bridges include the two I-65 bridges connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana, the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. The new East End bridge connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind. will also be tolled. 

Waze.com

Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways and by-ways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system. 

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.

Inside Indiana Business

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Bath County will receive $18,900 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

The money will be used for slip or slide repairs on North Lick Branch Road (CR 1027) between mile points 1.2 and 1.209. The Bath County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also announced that Fleming County will receive $35,200 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

Find The Company

The public is invited to join elected officials and guests Friday, July 1, for the dedication of two highway signs honoring Rowan County veterans.

 

In action by the 2016 General Assembly, state legislators have designated nearly six miles of KY 32 from the Fleming-Rowan county line to I-64 as “Veterans Avenue” and have designated KY 3531, which crosses KY 32 to Old Cranston Road in Morehead as “American Legion Way.”

 

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.

Bunkerblast

If your daily drive involves the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge (KY 10) across the locks and dam in Greenup County, you might want to rethink your route the next couple of months.

Beginning Monday, April 12, contractors will restrict the Ohio River crossing to one-lane so old expansion joints can be safely replaced, which will mean traffic delays.

The joints – important components that allow the bridge to expand and contract with temperature changes – have deteriorated over the years, causing potholes and rough driving conditions across the structure’s concrete surface.

Exaktime

(Editor's note: The following report was provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth.

The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes, and will extend the parkway another 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

The eastbound I-64 rest area in Rowan County at mile marker 141 will be closed to all tractor trailer and other commercial traffic beginning Monday, Feb. 15.

Concrete pavement repairs require the truck parking area behind the rest area facilities to be closed for several days, or until repairs are complete. The passenger car access and parking area in front of facilities will remain open, but cannot accommodate tractor trailers, buses and similarly sized vehicles.

Message boards have been placed on the interstate to alert traffic.

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In anticipation of severe weather in the forecast for this week and its potential to cause damage, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Secretary Mike Hancock today issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected locations. 

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.

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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.

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