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[US 25E]
US 25E Becomes Daniel Boone-Cumberland Gap Wilderness Trail
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:43PM CDT

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) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Daniel Boone's name to go on Highway U.S. 25E (Aug. 9, 2005) [Outside Link], Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office: Governor Ernie Fletcher signs Executive Order naming southeastern Kentucky road after Daniel Boone (Aug. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Knox County Backs I-66 Foundation
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:48AM CST

The Knox County Fiscal Court recently passed a resolution in support of the I-66 Foundation. The foundation was created last year to promote the construction of the proposed Interstate 66 through Southern Kentucky. Interstate 66 is not expected to pass through Knox County; however, Knox County is adjacent to Clay and Laurel Counties where I-66 is expected to parallel the Hal Rogers Parkway.

More information: Corbin Times-Tribune: Knox backs I-66 Foundation (March 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Transportation Cabinet Receives $3.1 Million for Rural Transit
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:18PM CST

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) [Outside Link]

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[Hal Rogers-Daniel Boone Parkway]
Effort Renews to Name Highway for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2005 5:27AM CST

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 [Outside Link]

More information: Associated Press: Replacing Daniel Boone not easy for congressman (Feb. 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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.

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[Hal Rogers-Daniel Boone Parkway]
Daniel Boone’s Descendants Unhappy with State’s Politicians
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:15AM CST

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.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Descendants of Daniel Boone feel insulted by politicians (Feb. 1, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
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.

  • Edward “Ted” Merryman has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for districts 1 and 2. Previously, Merryman was chief highway engineer for district 2. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • Greg Meredith has been reappointed as Chief Highway Engineer for district 2. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • Gary M. Raymer, P.E. has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for district 4. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • David Jones, P.E. has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for district 6. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • Jim Rummage, P.E. has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for district 7. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • Katrina O. Bradley, P.E. has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for district 9. [more information [Outside Link]]
  • Samuel H. Beverage, P.E. has been appointed as Chief Highway Engineer for districts 10 and 11. [ more information [Outside Link]]

More information: WKYT: Gov. Fletcher Hires New Highway Engineers (June 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Fletcher appoints top highway engineers (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Hardin County News-Enterprise: Highway engineer appointed in E'town (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Maysville Ledger-Independent: New KTC Engineer Sees District as Unique (July 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Knox County Hopes to Improve ‘Horse and Buggy’ Roads
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:42AM CST
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The Knox County fiscal court approved a municipal aid agreement with the Transportation Cabinet that will provide funds to improve the county’s road system. Knox County Road Foreman Bobby Bingham said that many of the county’s roads were designed in the 1920s to handle horse and buggy traffic.

Reference: Griffitts, J. “Grant will upgrade 'horse and buggy' roads” [http://www. corbintimes.com/|Corbin (Ky.) Times] 11 Mar 2004.

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[Hal Rogers-Daniel Boone Parkway]
Bill Would Keep Hal Rogers Parkway Name and Name Second Route for Daniel Boone
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST

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) [Outside Link], Associated Press: House votes to name highway for Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Resolution would name road after Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Part of U.S. 25E could be Daniel Boone Trail (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link], Legislative Research Commission: Text of 2004 Regular Session House Joint Resolution 7 [Outside Link]

Update (Feb. 24, 2004): More information: Middlesboro Daily News: Bill would name 25E for Daniel Boone (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Wilderness trail may bear Daniel Boone's name (Feb. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Daniel Boone Parkway]
State Legislator Proposes Two Names for Hal Rogers Parkway; Patton Proposes Renaming US-25E to Honor Boone
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:03AM CDT

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) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Patton Makes Suggestion To Solve Parkway Uproar (Sept. 19, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Governor would name U.S.25E for Boone to defuse controversy (Sept. 20, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:49AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled the following public meetings to discuss various road projects in Kentucky:

More information: Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville): Public invited to view proposed U.S. 641 plans (Sept. 16, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Interchange Meeting Set (Sept. 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Procurement Bulletins
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:32AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Professional Services has posted several procurement bulletins [Outside Link]. Even if you aren't a contractor, these bulletins are useful for learning about upcoming road projects. Recent bulletins include:

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