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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)
Knox County Backs I-66 Foundation
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:48AM CST
Topics: [Clay County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Interstate 66] [Knox County] [Laurel County]
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)
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.
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.
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)
Knox County Hopes to Improve ‘Horse and Buggy’ Roads
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:42AM CST
Topics: [Knox County]
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.
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)
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)
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:49AM CDT
Topics: [Caldwell County] [Interstate 65] [Jackson County] [Jessamine County] [Knox County] [KY 1964] [Lyon County] [Public Meetings] [US 27] [US 31] [US 421] [US 641] [Whitley County] [Woodford County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled the following public meetings to discuss various road projects in Kentucky:
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:32AM CDT
Topics: [Ballard County] [Clay County] [Crittenden County] [Daniel Boone Parkway/Hal Rogers Parkway] [Heartland Parkway] [Interstate 64] [Jefferson County] [Knox County] [KY 1747] [KY 22] [KY 7] [KY 80] [Lyon County] [McCracken County] [Other Routes] [Pendleton County] [Pike County] [Shelby County] [US 60] [US 641] [Whitley County]
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Professional Services has posted several procurement bulletins . Even if you aren't a contractor, these bulletins are useful for learning about upcoming road projects. Recent bulletins include:
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