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US 25E Becomes Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:43PM CDT
Topics: [Bell County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [US 25]
Gov. Fletcher recently signed documents naming US 25E from Corbin to Middlesboro the Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail. Controversy arose in 2003 when outgoing Gov. Paul Patton (a Democrat) renamed the Daniel Boone Parkway in honor of sitting U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (a Republican).
More information: WKYT: Daniel Boone to get back on the road (Aug. 8, 2005) , Associated Press: Daniel Boone's name to go on Highway U.S. 25E (Aug. 9, 2005) , Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office: Governor Ernie Fletcher signs Executive Order naming southeastern Kentucky road after Daniel Boone (Aug. 9, 2005)
Middlesboro Adopts Black and Yellow Street Signs
Posted: 5-Mar-2005 4:28AM CST
Topics: [Bell County]
The city of Middlesboro will now use street signs that feature black lettering on a yellow background: Middlesboro Daily News: New design for city signs (March 2, 2005)
Transportation Cabinet Receives $3.1 Million for Rural Transit
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:18PM CST
Topics: [Bell County] [Clay County] [Clinton County] [Cumberland County] [Harlan County] [Jackson County] [Knott County] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Lee County] [Leslie County] [Letcher County] [McCreary County] [Monroe County] [Owsley County] [Perry County] [Pulaski County] [Rockcastle County] [Russell County] [Wayne County] [Whitley County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received a $3.1 million grant to fund various public transit projects in rural Kentucky counties: Lexington Herald-Leader: Transportation Cabinet gets $3.1 million (March 2, 2005)
Effort Renews to Name Highway for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2005 5:27AM CST
Topics: [2005 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Perry County] [US 25]
Another legislative session brings about another effort to rename a highway in honor of Daniel Boone. Current efforts are focused on renaming US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro—which roughly follows the route of Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail—in honor of the early explorer. The former Daniel Boone Parkway between London and Hazard is likely to remain named for U.S. Representative Hal Rogers.
The Boone Society has posted a petition requesting that US 25E be renamed in honor of Daniel Boone on their website: The Boone Society
Astute observers will note that the text of the sidebar on the above referenced article is taken almost word-for-word from my topic describing the Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway.
“Prince of Pork”
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:15AM CST
Topics: [Bell County] [Clay County] [Cumberland Gap] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Perry County] [Pulaski County]
The Lexington Herald-Leader profiles U.S. Representative Hal Rogers who the dub the Prince of Pork: Lexington Herald-Leader: Prince of Pork; Hal Rogers hauls home tax dollars by the billions (Feb. 6, 2005)
Daniel Boone’s Descendants Unhappy with State’s Politicians
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:15AM CST
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [2005 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [Perry County] [US 25]
Descendants of Daniel Boone feel slighted by Kentucky politicians. First Paul Patton had the Daniel Boone Parkway renamed the Hal Rogers Parkway, and then state legislature failed to either re-rename the Hal Rogers Parkway or rename another road in honor of Boone.
Beverage Replaces Yowell as State Highway Engineer
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:21AM CST
Topics: [Bell County] [Cumberland Gap] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [US 25]
Today, Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed Sam Beverage, PE as State Highway Engineer. The State Highway Engineer works with the Commissioner of Highways to administer the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the more than 27,000 miles of state maintained roads in Kentucky. Beverage has previously served the transportation cabinet as Chief District Engineer for District 6, District 10, and District 11. Earlier this year, Gov. Fletcher appointed Beverage as Chief District Engineer for both Districts 10 and 11. Beverage also previously served as Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Beverage will replace J.M. “Mac” Yowell. Since becoming State Highway Engineer in 1992, Yowell has served under three governors: Jones, Patton, and Fletcher. At twelve years, he was the longest serving state highway engineer in the nation. Yowell will continue to serve the cabinet in the capacity of an executive advisor.
Among the transportation cabinet’s accomplishments during Yowell’s tenure was the completion of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. Yowell was a driving force behind the completion of that project.
Chief Highway Engineers Appointed in Nine Districts
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 1:07AM CDT
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Gov. Fletcher and Transportation Secretary Bailey have appointed chief highway engineers for nine of the Division of Highways' twelve districts.
More information: WKYT: Gov. Fletcher Hires New Highway Engineers (June 29, 2004) , Associated Press: Fletcher appoints top highway engineers (June 30, 2004) , Hardin County News-Enterprise: Highway engineer appointed in E'town (June 30, 2004) , Maysville Ledger-Independent: New KTC Engineer Sees District as Unique (July 2, 2004)
Security Stepped Up at Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:09AM CDT
WYMT Mountain News reports on security around the Cumberland Gap Tunnel: WYMT Mountain News: Homeland Security Officials Look For Potential Terrorist Targets (June 25, 2004)
Bill Would Keep Hal Rogers Parkway Name and Name Second Route for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Perry County] [US 25]
The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would keep the name Hal Rogers Parkway on the London-Harzard parkway and would name US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro the “Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail.” The house hopes that this compromise will be acceptable since US 25E roughly follows the path of Wilderness Trail. Daniel Boone helped blaze the Wilderness Trail in 1769. The path through the Cumberland Gap helped open Kentucky to settlement.
More information: WKYT: Daniel Boone May Have Another Road Named for Him (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: House votes to name highway for Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Resolution would name road after Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Part of U.S. 25E could be Daniel Boone Trail (Feb. 21, 2004) , Legislative Research Commission: Text of 2004 Regular Session House Joint Resolution 7
Update (Feb. 24, 2004): More information: Middlesboro Daily News: Bill would name 25E for Daniel Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) , Associated Press: Wilderness trail may bear Daniel Boone's name (Feb. 23, 2004)
Cumberland Gap Tunnel Tests New Camera System
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:34AM CST
Personnel at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel have begun testing a new camera system. The new cameras are meant to improve the ability to monitor traffic conditions and improve tunnel security.
More information: WYMT: Tunnel Operates With New Technology (Feb. 14, 2004)
Preacher William Boyd Bingham II Dies
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST
Preacher William Boyd Bingham II of Middlesboro died last week. The preacher, who was a minister for 60 years, helped campaign for the construction of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and the elimination of the dangerous highway through the gap.
Cumberland Gap Tunnel Plans Lane Closures
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:20PM CST
The Cumberland Gap Tunnel Authority in the process of installing new variable message signs along the approaches to the tunnel and inside the tunnel itself. This week work will be underway to install new signs in the tunnel itself. There will be temporary lane closures in both directions. Motorists are asked to obey speed limit signs and be mindful of tunnel employees.
State Legislator Proposes Two Names for Hal Rogers Parkway; Patton Proposes Renaming US-25E to Honor Boone
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:03AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bell County] [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Knox County] [Laurel County] [Leslie County] [Governor Paul E. Patton] [Perry County] [US 25]
State Representative Brent Yonts has filed a resolution to place two names on the parkway connecting London and Hazard. Yonts proposes the parkway be officially known as both the Hal Rogers Parkway and the Daniel Boone Parkway. He hopes that the compromise proposal will please those wishing to keep Daniel Boone.s name on the parkway and still provide recognition for U.S. congressman Hal Rogers. Rep. Rogers helped secure federal money to remove tolls from the parkway; In May, Governor Paul Patton directed that the parkway be renamed as the Hal Rogers Parkway. Yonts. resolution cannot be voted on until the General Assembly convenes in January.
Meanwhile, Governor Patton proposed renaming US 25E between Corbin and Middlesboro to honor Daniel Boone. US 25E generally follows the route of Boone.s Wilderness Road. The road has been upgraded to four lanes over the pass 20 years.
More information: Courier-Journal: E. Kentucky parkway could get 2 names (Sept. 11, 2003) , Associated Press: Patton Makes Suggestion To Solve Parkway Uproar (Sept. 19, 2003) , Courier-Journal: Governor would name U.S.25E for Boone to defuse controversy (Sept. 20, 2003)
Part of KY 72 Designated "Coal Miners Memorial Highway;" Bridge KY 66 Designated "Dr. R. R. Evans Memorial Bridge"
Posted: 8-Aug-2003 3:16AM CDT
Signs have been posted at both locations indicating the new honorary names.
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:
Parkways System and Cumberland Gap Tunnel Named Kentucky's Top Road Projects
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 3:59AM CST
Topics: [Audubon Parkway] [Bell County] [Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway] [Cumberland Gap] [Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Commonwealth of Kentucky] [Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway] [William H. Natcher Parkway] [Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway] [Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway] [Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway]
The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has named Kentucky's parkway system and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel as Kentucky's top road project. They also recognized Wendell Ford and Calvin Grayson as the state's top transportation officials.
More information: KYTC Press Release
Five Year Anniversary of Cumberland Gap Tunnel
Posted: 25-Oct-2001 5:33PM CDT
This KYTC press release commemorates the five year anniversary of the opening of the Cumberland Gap Tunnel. The press release contains background information about the tunnel and several pictures of the tunnel.
Cumberland Gap Restoration
Posted: 22-Aug-2001 1:42AM CDT
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports more about the Cumberland Gap restoration project in this August 21, 2001 article (no longer online).
Old Cumberland Gap Road Being Removed
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:32AM CDT
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 14, 2001 article (no longer online) that work has begun to remove all traces of the old US 25E through Cumberland Gap. The plans are to restore the area to how it would have looked in 1780. US 25E now travels through the Cumberland Gap tunnel which opened in 1996.
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