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Adopt-a-Highway groups poised to ‘summer scrub’ roadsides, help preserve scenic beauty of the commonwealth
Posted: 1-Jun-2010 8:00PM CDT
Topics: [Bath County] [Boyd County] [Carter County] [Elliott County] [Fleming County] [Greenup County] [Lewis County] [Mason County] [Nicholas County] [Rowan County]
From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 9:
Adopt-a-Highway groups poised to ‘summer scrub’ roadsides, help preserve scenic beauty of the commonwealth
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Volunteers will be out in force soon to “summer scrub” state highways throughout Kentucky. The Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced that the Adopt-a-Highway Summer Scrub Week will be held June 6-12.
“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.
Major Slide Closes Lanes on I-64
Posted: 21-Sep-2009 9:20PM CDT
The two westbound lanes of Interstate 64 are closed at the Catlettsburg exit after they sank about a foot due to an embankment failure: Associated Press: 2 interstate lanes sink in northeastern Ky (Sept. 21, 2009) , Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 9: Westbound Interstate 64 remains closed at Catlettsburg; Crews expediting repairs; eastbound traffic unaffected (Sept. 21, 2009)
I-64 Cannonsburg Interchange Work to Begin this Summer
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:30AM CST
Work is expected to begin this summer on a project to reconstruct the I-64/KY 180 interchange in Boyd County: Ashland Daily Independent: Summer to kick off I-64 Cannonsburg interchange overhaul (Jan. 15, 2006)
I-64 Rehabilitation Project Underway in Eastern Kentucky
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:38PM CDTAshland Daily Independent: Fifteen-month $24 million I-64 rehab begins (July 7, 2005)
Improvements Coming to US 60 in Boyd County
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:19AM CDT
Nearly a half-million dollars in improvements—including resurfacing and installation of reflectors—are slated for US 60 in Boyd County: Ashland Daily Independent: Resurfacing, markers slated for area roads (May 19, 2005)
Ashland Ohio River Bridges to be Repainted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:50AM CST
Work to repaint Ashland’s twin Ohio River bridges is expected to begin this summer. A project to repaint the 13th Street Bridge is expected to begin this summer, and work to repaint the 12th Street Bridge is expected to begin in 2007.
US 23 found to be State’s Deadliest Road
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST
Topics: [Boyd County] [Floyd County] [Greenup County] [Johnson County] [Lawrence County] [Letcher County] [Pike County] [US 23]
Records show that US 23 is the state’s deadliest roadway: Lexington Herald-Leader: Memorials every few miles on U.S. Highway 23 (Jan. 9, 2005)
Ashland Converts Streets from One-Way to Two-Way
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:12PM CST
Topics: [Boyd County]
The city of Ashland will change sections of 15th and 16th Streets into two-way thoroughfares: Ashland Daily Independent: Plans for street repairs tightened (Oct. 27, 2004)
Ashland’s Sixth Street Reopens
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [Boyd County]
Ashland’s Sixth Street reopened this week after being closed since late July for a widening project. The project is related to the new Melody Mountain shopping development—a development that will include a Wal-Mart, Outback, and O’Charley’s.
More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Sixth Street open again (Oct. 15, 2004)
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)
I-64/KY 180 Interchange Work Could Begin in 2005
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:31AM CDT
The Ashland Daily Independent reports that right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation work will soon begin for the I-64/KY 180 interchange reconstruction project. Tentative plans are for construction to start next year and finish in 2007: Ashland Daily Independent: Changes in store for interchange (June 11, 2004)
Summary of Transportation Related Bills Passed During the 2004 Regular Session
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:01AM CDT
Topics: [2004 Regular Session] [Bath County] [Boone County] [Boyd County] [Campbell County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Daviess County] [Governor Ernie Fletcher] [Fayette County] [Hardin County] [Hopkins County] [Kenton County] [KY 112] [KY 1357] [KY 54] [KY 70] [KY 80] [Madison County] [Montgomery County] [Muhlenberg County] [Pike County] [Rowan County] [US 421] [US 460]
The 60-day regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended on April 13. Thirteen bills relating to transportation were passed into law during the 2004 regular session. Click “read full text” below for summaries of each bill.
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST
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Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.
The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.
A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.
This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.Update (Feb. 29, 2004): More information about projects in particular areas can be found here.
Section of US 23 in Boyd County Names for Bluegrass Musician Melvin Goins
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:32AM CST
A section of US 23—which is designated the Country Music Highway through the entire state—was named in honor Bluegrass Musician Melvin Goins today. Goins is a resident of Boyd County.
Update (Feb. 21, 2004): More information: Ashland Daily-Independent: Goins added to Country Music Highway (Feb. 20, 2004)
Ashland Museum Seeks Grant to Provide More Information about Local Transportation
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:59AM CST
Ashland’s Highlands Museum & Discovery Center is seeking to a federal grant that would in part be used to provide more information about the affect of transportation on the development of the region.
More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Transportation in spotlight (Feb. 6, 2004)
Public Meeting to Discuss Boyd County I-64 Interchange
Posted: 4-Sep-2003 8:41PM CDT
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold an open house meeting to discuss changes to the KY 180/I-64 interchange from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 11, at Boyd County High School.
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:
I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan Released
Posted: 15-Feb-2003 5:53AM CST
Topics: [Bath County] [Boyd County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Fayette County] [Franklin County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Montgomery County] [Rowan County] [Shelby County] [Woodford County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the I-64 Strategic Improvement Plan . The plan covers possible upgrades to the entire length of Interstate 64 through the state.
I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:18AM CST
Topics: [Boyd County] [Carter County] [Clark County] [Fayette County] [Franklin County] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Montgomery County] [Rowan County] [Scott County] [Shelby County] [Woodford County]
The entire length of I-64 in Kentucky has been designated the Purple Heart Trail. The Military Order of Purple Heart has undertaken an effort to have each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico designate one of their highways to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. Kentucky will erect 24 signs designating the Purple Heart Trail: one at each of I-64's entrances to the state and signs in each county along I-64.
More information: KYTC Press Release
New Turn Lane onto Ashland Bridge Working Well
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 7:52PM CDT
As reported earlier, a new turn lane was added at the intersection of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide better access to the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River. The new turn lane appears to be working as intended.
Thanks to Sherman for the link.
Road Work in Ashland to Cut Waiting Time for Ohio Bound Travelers
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 2:49AM CDT
The Kentucky Department of Highways will modify the interserction of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide two turn lanes for cars turning onto the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River.
More information: The Daily Independent: Road work set to change Winchester (Aug. 2, 2002)
Posted: 12-Mar-2002 6:33PM CST
H.B. Elkins suggests in two articles in the Usenet newsgroup misc.transport.road that work being done along the KY 7 corridor in Eastern Kentucky will eventually lead to a London-Ashland Highway similar to the Alexandria-Ashland Highway in Northern Kentucky.
Redesign of I-64/KY 180 Interchange Under Consideration
Posted: 4-Mar-2002 9:39PM CST
According to this article from the Ashland Daily Independent a redesign of the exit 185 on I-64 at KY 180 is being considered. The interchange has been the site of numerous fatalities. If approved by the state legislature, construction could start in 12 to 18 months.
Work to Improve Safety on US 23 in Catlettsburg Begins
Posted: 22-Feb-2002 6:12PM CST
Work has begun to improve safety on US 23 near Catlettsburg. The work is aimed at preventing rock slides along the route. Lanes will be closed periodically through out the project which is expected to be completed in September.
More information: Ashland Daily Independent (Feb. 21, 2002)
Ironton-Russell Bridge over Ohio River will Close if Temperatures Drop Too Low
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:25PM CST
The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this article that ODOT will close the Ironton-Russell Bridge between Ironton, OH and Russell, KY will be closed if temperatures drop to around 5 degrees below zero. This is due to concerns about the steel structure of the bridge. The University of Cincinnati has been conducting tests on the 80-year-old structure since 1999.
KYTC Tests High-Tech Asphalt on US 23
Posted: 9-Jan-2002 6:12PM CST
The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this Dec. 30, 2001 article that the KYTC is testing SMA asphalt on a stretch of US 23 in Boyd and Lawrence counties. SMA asphalt is an idea imported from Europe and is designed to handle heavy traffic and large trucks.
New Flying J Opens in Cannonsburg
Posted: 5-Sep-2001 9:04PM CDT
The Ashland Daily-Independent reports in this Sept. 5, 2001 article that a new Flying J has opened off of I-64 in Cannonsburg. Roadgeeks seem to like Flying J's for some reason.
New Access Ramp to Ashland Town Center Mall Opens
Posted: 5-Sep-2001 9:00PM CDT
The Ashland Daily-Independent reports in this Sept. 5, 2001 article that a new access ramp to the Ashland Town Center Mall from US 23 has opened.
I-64/US-23 Interchange to be Reconfigured
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:14AM CDT
The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this August 14, 2001 article that changes will be made at the US 23 and I-64 interchange to alleviate congestion caused by coal trucks.
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