This page contains news and information about the Cumberland Gap Tunnel and restoration project near where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet.
US 25E once passed over the Cumberland Gap through Cumberland Gap National Historical Park; however, in October 1996 the Cumberland Gap Tunnel opened and US 25E was routed under the park. Work then began to return the above ground road to a more natural condition.
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“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)
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.
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)
Transportation Cabinet Shows Off Its New “War Room”
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:36AM CDT
Topics: [Boone County] [Campbell County] [Cumberland Gap] [Jefferson County] [Kenton County] [Kentucky Transportation Cabinet]
The Transportation Cabinet recently showed off its news “war room” to the media. The room in the cabinet’s new Frankfort offices allow officials to monitor road conditions around the state—including live video from Louisville, Northern Kentucky, and the Cumberland Gap Tunnel: Courier-Journal: High-tech operations center will aid emergency response (June 22, 2004) , Lexington Herald-Leader: Transportation base gets high-tech upgrade (June 22, 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.
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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