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[KY 80]Kentucky 80 is Kentucky's longest highway. It begins at nearly the westernmost part part of the state on the banks of the Mississippi River at Columbus and travels across the southern part of the state to nearly its easternmost part: the Breaks Interstate Park on the Virginia state line in Pike County. Kentucky 80 is also part of the longest multiplex in the state: from Aurora to Edmonton, Kentucky 80 joins with US 68.

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KY 80 News Items

[US 68] [KY 80]
Governor Beshear announces increased speed limit of 65 mph on U.S. 68/KY 80 between Cadiz, Bowling Green
Posted: 3-Oct-2012 7:26PM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 3:

Governor Beshear announces increased speed limit of 65 mph on U.S. 68/KY 80 between Cadiz, Bowling Green
‘Well-designed, well-built highway’ is connector between I-24 and I-65

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear, joined by area legislators and state and local officials, today unveiled new highway signs announcing a higher speed limit of 65 mph on strategically located U.S. 68/KY 80 between Cadiz and Bowling Green.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Eggners Ferry Bridge Repair Information
Posted: 31-Aug-2012 3:29AM CDT

The Eggners Ferry Bridge was reopened as planned by Memorial Day this year. This information is posted here for historical purposes. From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 1 (May 18, 2012):

Repairs on track for Eggners Ferry Bridge to reopen by Memorial Day weekend
Concrete pour on deck section tentatively scheduled for Sunday

AURORA, Ky.– Repairs to the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge are on track for reopening of the damaged bridge in time for the Memorial Day weekend. 

Crews from Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. lifted a new truss span into place on Tuesday, May 15. Today, they are placing the last of the reinforcing steel and forms required for pouring a concrete deck on the new span this weekend.  They plan complete final preparations on Saturday morning to be prepared to pour concrete starting on Sunday morning.  The concrete pour is expected to take about 5 to 6 hours to complete.

 

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Kentucky Lake Bridge Reopens
Posted: 31-May-2012 7:29PM CDT

From the Office of the Governor (May 24, 2012):

Eggners Ferry Bridge to reopen Friday afternoon
Highway crews finalizing details to resume traffic; public invited to walk bridge prior to opening
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 24, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear hailed tomorrow’s planned reopening of the U.S. 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge – a full 2 ½ days ahead of schedule. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. completed the emergency repairs on the bridge earlier than required, and the bridge is expected to reopen to traffic at 1 p.m. CDT Friday.
The Eggners Ferry Bridge, which carries U.S. 68/KY 80 across Kentucky Lake, has been closed since it was struck by a cargo ship, the Delta Mariner, on the night of Jan. 26. A 322-foot-long span of the 80-year-old bridge was torn away.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Photos Added of Partially Collapsed Eggner Ferry Bridge
Posted: 29-Feb-2012 9:04PM CST

On February 4, 2012, officials allowed public access to the eastern approach to the Eggner's Ferry Bridge to view the collapsed span. The bridge carried US 68 and KY 80 over Kentucky Lake (the Tennessee River) between Marshall and Trigg counties. A mainspan of the bridge collapsed after being struck by the cargo vessel MV Delta Mariner on January 26, 2012.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River Bridge Partially Collapses
Posted: 27-Jan-2012 5:12AM CST

The Associated Press is reporting that the Eggner Ferry Bridge which carries US 68 and KY 80 over Kentucky Lake has partially collapsed after being struck by river traffic. It appears that one of the four main truss sections of the bridge has completely collapsed. There were no injuries reported.

More information: Associated Press: Officials: Portion of SW Ky. bridge collapses (Jan. 26, 2012) [Outside Link], WAVE3: U.S. 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake partially collapses (Jan. 26, 2012) [Outside Link]

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[US 460]
Groundbreaking set for new US 460; sections of highway may be open to traffic in three years
Posted: 31-Jan-2011 10:55PM CST

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 12:

PIKE COUNTY – January 12, 2011 – Friday, January 21, at 12:30 p.m. Governor Steve Beshear will join federal, state, and local officials to break ground for Corridor Q, the name given by the Appalachian Regional Commission for new US 460 in Pike County.

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[KY 80]
New section of KY 80 to open in Western Kentucky
Posted: 3-Nov-2009 10:30PM CST

The final section of the newly construction four-lane route for KY 80 between Aurora and Mayfield will open soon. The new KY 80 runs further south than its original routing and crosses US 641 closer to Murray than the original route. KY 80's original route has been signed as KY 402 for several years. The opening of the new route will once again make KY 80 a continuous route.

More information: Associated Press: New highway stretch nearly done (Oct. 28, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Cleanup from Recent Storms Continues
Posted: 19-Feb-2009 11:09PM CST

The state is still cleaning up from recent ice and wind storms.

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[KY 80]
Ground Broken on Next Phase of KY 80 Widening
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:14PM CDT

Gov. Ernie Fletcher recently officiated over the ceremonial ground breaking for the next phase of the KY 80 widening project in Western Kentucky. Ground was broken for the phase of the project that will construct a new four lane highway between Murray and Mayfield: Murray Ledger & Times: Next Ky. 80 phase set to break ground Thursday (May 24, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
KY 80 Murray-to-Mayfield Work on Hold
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

State Rep. Melvin Henley recently told the Murray Ledger & Times that the next phase of the KY 80 widening project between Murray and Mayfield has been put on hold: Murray Ledger & Times: Murray-to-Mayfield road work on hold due to funding (Jan. 5, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Plan for Widening US 68/KY 80 through Land Between the Lakes Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:26AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented proposed plans for widening US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes: WPSD-TV NewsChannel 6: Kentucky: US 68 Expansion- From 2 Lanes To 4 (Dec. 5, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
New Stop Signs on Elkton Square
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:25AM CDT
Topics: [KY 181] [KY 80] [Todd County] [US 68]

New stop signs will be installed on the square in downtown Elkton.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Widening Project Completed in Warren County
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:04AM CDT
Topics: [KY 80] [US 31] [US 68] [Warren County]

A project to widen a stretch of US 68/KY 80 in northern Warren County was completed this week.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: U.S. 68 opens today with additional 3 lanes (May 13, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
Route Chosen for South Russellville Bypass
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:01AM CDT

A route has been chosen for the proposed southern bypass of Russellville. The chosen route was the longest of three alternatives considered and will connect at the existing northern bypass at both ends. Right-of-way purchase for the eastern leg of the bypass (between US 68/KY 80 and KY 100) is expected to begin this year.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Logan selects route for bypass (May 3, 2005) [Outside Link], Logan County News-Democrat & Leader: Commissioner says Southern Bypass coming (May 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
US 68 400 Mile Yard Sale: June 2-5
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT

The annual 400 Mile Sale stretching along US 68 from Maysville to Paducah will be held June 2-5: Maysville Ledger-Independent: A 400 mile opportunity: Yard sale is a big chance for buyers and sellers (May 1, 2005) [Outside Link], West Kentucky Corporation: 400 Mile Sale Across Kentucky [Outside Link], Logan County News-Democrat & Leader: 400 Mile events listed along U.S. 68-80 (May 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
Ground Broken on Next Phase of KY 80 Widening
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:55AM CDT

Ground was broken Wednesday on the next phase of the Western Kentucky KY 80 widening project. Gov. Ernie Fletcher and other officials broke ground for a section of the highway between the KY 121 Bypass in Mayfield and KY 1124: Murray Ledger & Times: Ground broken for Mayfield end of Ky. 80 road project (April 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
Mine Blowout Closes Section of KY 80
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:54AM CDT
Topics: [Knott County] [KY 80]

A seal failure at a abandoned coal mine in Knott County resulted in a mudslide over a section of KY 80: Associated Press: Mine blowout closes major highway in eastern Kentucky (April 18, 2005) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Closed road expected to reopen today; Ky. 80 In Knott Had Been Covered By Mud (April 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 234]
Seventh Street Extension Project Underway in Bowling Green
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:52AM CDT

A project to extend Seventh Street has begun in Bowling Green. The project will tie together US 68/KY 80, KY 185, KY 234, and KY 880 and will include the construction of a new underpass under the CSX railroad.

The reporter for the Daily News refers the project as part of a four lane loop; however, KY 880 is far from a four lane loop. The road is two lanes from KY 234 to US 231 east of downtown and from US 68/KY 80 to KY 1435 southwest of downtown.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Four-lane loop stays on track (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Plans Move Ahead for Southwest Corridor and 14th Street Realignment in Bowling Green
Posted: 5-Mar-2005 4:28AM CST
Topics: [KY 80] [US 31] [US 68] [Warren County]

Construction should begin this summer to realign 14th Street in Bowling Green near Western Kentucky University. After the project is complete Center Street will end at 14th Street. The realignment is intended to improve traffic flow around WKU’s campus.

Plans for a new Southwest Corridor between Russellville Road (US 68/KY 80) and Nashville Road (US 31W) are complete, and the city will purchase right of way for the new four lane connector route beginning this year. The city of Bowling Green expects money to fund the $10.9 construction project to come form the state’s budget.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: LifeSkills site dispute ends (March 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
West Kentucky KY 80 Widening Work to Resume this Summer
Posted: 24-Feb-2005 4:45AM CST

William also noted during a meeting of the Purchase Area Development District that work will not begin to widen US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes until a environmental impact statement is approved by the federal government.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: Road project to resume this summer (Feb. 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Warren County Work Done on Accelerated Basis
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:54AM CST

Work to widen US 68/KY 80 beginning at the intersection with US 31W north of Bowling Green is being done on an accelerated basis and being paid for with discretionary funds. The $2.5 million project is likely a prelude to the construction of a new interchange with I-65 to serve the new Kentucky TriModal Transpark. Completion of the widening is scheduled for May 15.

Work is also planned to begin soon to reconstruct KY 101 near the Warren County-Edmonson County line.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Traffic changes being planned (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], WBKO: U.S.68 SAFETY PROJECT GROUNDBREAKING (FEB. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Land between the Lakes Project Public Meeting Will be Held this Spring
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST

A meeting to discuss the proposed widening of US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes will be held sometime this spring: (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: Road projects through LBL subject of hearing (Jan. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Bowling Green Develops Major Thoroughfare Plan
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:07PM CST

The city of Bowling Green recently unveiled a 25 year plan for major thoroughfares through the city and surrounding county. Plans include widening most roads into the city and construction of new routes along the edges of the city including a new beltline highway.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Manager: City roads in dire need of changes (Nov. 16, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Metro status leads to needs assessment (Nov. 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Section of Kentucky 80 Opens
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:57AM CDT

The Oct. 23, 2004 edition of the Murray Ledger & Times included photographs of the opening of a new section of KY 80 [Outside Link].

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[KY 80]
New Section of KY 80 to Open in Jackson Purchase
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:33AM CDT

The recently created gap in KY 80 will be one step closer to closure on Thursday when an 8-mile section of newly constructed highway opens in Marshall and Calloway Counties. The new section of highway will complete the new four lane highway between Aurora and US 641 north of Murray. The new roads will be signed as KY 80.

Formally, KY 80 followed a two lane road between Aurora and Mayfield. That road has been renumbered as KY 402.

The next phase of the KY 80 widening project will be to construct a new highway between US 641 and Mayfield.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: New section of Ky. 80 to open next week (Oct. 16, 2004) [Outside Link], WPSD NewsChannel 6: New highway brings new warnings (Oct. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Teen Church Group Suggests Safety Improvements for Russellville Bypass
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:32AM CDT
Topics: [KY 79] [KY 80] [Logan County] [US 68]

Following an accident at the intersection of KY 79 and the US 68/KY 80 Bypass in Russellville, a youth group from Oak Grove Baptist Church wrote to the Logan County Fiscal Court suggesting safety improvements at intersections along the bypass: Logan County News-Democrat & Leader: Church teens seek more Bypass safety measures (Oct. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
Elk Crossing Signs Coming to Eastern Kentucky
Posted: 11-Sep-2004 7:11AM CDT

New elk warnings sings will be places along some roads in Eastern Kentucky. Since elk were reintroduced into Kentucky in 1997, there have been 55 vehicle-elk collision. Some of the signs will replace signs that have previously been stolen.

More information: Associated Press: Elk-crossing signs going up on some state roads (Aug. 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Section of KY 80 west of Murray Starting to Take Shape
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

With work to construct a new four lane section of KY 80 between Aurora and US 641 north of Murray nearly completed, focus has shifted to the next stage of the project: construction of another new four lane section between US 641 and Mayfield. The Graves/Calloway County is currently in the grade-and-drain phase of construction. Surfacing of the highway will not begin for sometime, and the road will not be open to traffic for several years.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: Ky. 68/80 section moving west into Graves County (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Prestonsburg Area Truckers Stage Protest
Posted: 1-Jul-2004 2:46AM CDT
Topics: [Floyd County] [KY 80] [US 23]

Prestonsburg area truckers staged a protest along US 23 yesterday. The truckers claim that enforcement of rules governing the weight of trucks is unfair: Floyd County Times: Truckers line up along highway to seek reforms (June 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Somerset Set To Be Encircled
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:10AM CDT

The Commonwealth Journal reports on the status of plans to bypass Somerset. A southeast bypass has been complete for several years, and now plans are set for southwest and northern bypasses. The northern bypass will be part of I-66.

More information: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Bypass Corridors Set (June 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Main Sections of New Glasgow Outer Loop to Open by Fall
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:09AM CDT

The new Glasgow Outer Loop will be mostly complete by the fall. The new highway will connect KY 90 west of Glasgow to US 68/KY 80 east of the city.

The only remaining uncompleted sections of the highway are two connections to the Cumberland Parkway. There is currently no funding to begin construction on these sections.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Main sections of Glasgow’s outer loop to open by winter (June 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68] [KY 80]
400 Mile Yard Sale along US 68/KY 80
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:00AM CDT
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US 68 and KY 80 played host a 400 mile long yard sale the first weekend of June: Bowling Green Daily News: 400-mile yard sale kicks off on 68-80 (June 3, 2004) [Outside Link], (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era: The 400-mile sale (June 4, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Buyers crossing nation for statewide sale (June 5, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Festival gives Smiths Grove chance to relax, sell goods (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 880]
Archeological Work Planned in Preparation of Bowling Green KY 880 Extension
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 7:57AM CDT

Part of the preliminary work on a project to extend KY 880 from its current terminus at KY 185 to 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue will include an archeological survey of the area. Among other things, transportation cabinet archeologists will examine abandoned outhouses.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Black History Focus of Downtown Survey (June 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 68]
US 68 Yard Sale Underway
Posted: 3-Jun-2004 10:04AM CDT

The US 68 Yard Sale is underway today through Sunday in the 24 counties along the path of US 68 in Kentucky: more information [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Summary of Transportation Related Bills Passed During the 2004 Regular Session
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:01AM CDT

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.

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[US 68]
US 68 Yard Sale June 3-6
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:43AM CST

This summer will see an event known as “400 Miles of Antiques, Collectibles & Stuff” along nearly 400-miles of US 68 Kentucky. The event will be held June 3-6 and involve events along in 24 counties along US 68’s route.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: 400 miles of opportunity -- June event will bring thousands of visitors, dollars to Central Kentucky (March 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
Reconstruction of Kentucky 80 between Cadiz and Mayfield Progresses
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST

Funding to continue the reconstruction of KY 80 is included in the new Six-Year Highway Plan. The project to widen KY 80 between Cadiz and Mayfield is broken up into three phases.

  • Phase 1 - Aurora to Murray - Construction on this phase of the project is nearly complete. It begins at the approach to US 68-KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake and continues westward to US 641 a few miles north of Murray. Construction started several years ago and should be complete this summer.
  • Phase 2 - Murray to Mayfield - Construction on this phase was recently begun. This $60 million will construct a new four lane highway between US 641 north of Murray to Mayfield. Construction is expected to last for a couple of years.
  • Phase 3 - Cadiz to Aurora - The Six-Year Plan includes $132 million to construct new four lane bridges over Kentucky Lake and Lake Berkeley. Construction on the bridges is scheduled to begin in 2006. Work on the widening project through the Land Between the Lakes has been delayed: the Tennessee Valley Authority gave initial approval for the project; however, ownership of the Land Between the Lakes has since been transferred to the United State Department of Agriculture forest service. Plans for the widening project are expected to be complete this summer, and construction is scheduled for completion in 2007.

The existing two-lane stretch of KY 80 between Aurora and Kentucky 58 east of Mayfield has already been renumbered as KY 402.

More information: Murray Ledger & Times: Committment [sic] shown for Ky. 80 project (Feb. 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
McConnell Announces That Funding Has Been Secured for Transpark-related Transportation Improvements
Posted: 4-Feb-2004 4:26AM CST

Sen. Mitch McConnell helped to secure $7.25 million in funding for transportation work related to the Bowling Green Transpark. Funded projects include a new I-65 interchange and improvements to US 68/KY 80.

More information: Russellville News-Democrat & Leader: McConnell secures funds for Kentucky Transpark (Feb. 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

Update (Feb. 7, 2004): More information: Associated Press: Transpark lines up $212 million first tenant (Feb. 5, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Glasgow Outer Loop Ahead of Schedule
Posted: 3-Feb-2004 9:37AM CST

The front page of Feb. 2's Glasgow Daily Times [Outside Link] includes a photograph of a bridge near US 68-KY 80 that is being built as part of the Glasgow Outer Loop. The Daily Times reports that the project is running ahead of schedule.

Photograph: Glasgow Daily Times: Feb. 2, 2004 [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Transportation Cabinet Presents Options for New I-65/Warren County Transpark Connector
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:31AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented several options for highways to connect the new Warren County Tri-Modal Transpark to I-65 at a public meeting on Oct. 9. Options include a new-freeway grade highway between I-65 and US 31W in northern Warren County and upgrading existing highways in the area.

More information: Bowling Green Daily-News: Public responds to interchange plan (Oct. 10, 2003) [Outside Link], Kentucky Trimodal Transpark [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
New "Interstate-style" Highway To Be Constructed for Warren County's Transpark by Fall 2005
Posted: 13-Aug-2003 10:42PM CDT

The Transportation Cabinet is seeking consultants to design a 2.6-mile highway to connect I-65 to US 31W in northern Warren County as part of the Kentucky TriModal Transpark. The road could conceivably extended as part of the Bowling Green Beltline project or the I-66 project. The transportation cabinet would like to have construction start on the road within two years; however, they also expect a full environmental impact statement to be completed, which could take some time.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Transpark seeking road developers (Aug. 9, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 and Other Southern Kentucky Projects in Committee Version of House Transportation Appropriations Bill; I-66 Public Meeting Held in Somerset
Posted: 29-Jul-2003 4:39AM CDT

A public meeting for I-66 planning in Pulaski and Laurel Counties brought out several anti-I-66 groups. The Transportation Cabinet is conducting a study to determine the route for I-66 between London and Somerset. This will replace the two-lane KY 80, the current major east-west corridor in the region.

Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers has used his position on the transportation appropriations subcommittee to have money for Southern Kentucky road projects included a draft version of the Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation Appropriations Committee. The money includes $4.5 million for continuing work on designing I-66 in Pulaski and Laurel Counties, $2 million for I-66 in Pike County, $2 million to improve US 27 north of Somerset, $1.5 million for widening I-75 in Rockcastle County, and $1 million to fund the reconstruction of the Hal Rogers Parkway between mileposts 33 and 47 in Leslie County.

More information: Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Controversial Corridor (July 28, 2003) [Outside Link], Somerset Commonwealth Journal: Federal Funding (July 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
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:

A few new images have been added to the KentuckyRoads.com - Miscellaneous Signs and KentuckyRoads.com - General Images galleries as well.

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[The Trace]
Site Feature: The Roads of the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 22-Jul-2003 4:15AM CDT

I have added a new image gallery consisting of photographs I took of the roads of the Land Between the Lakes. Subjects covered include the US 68/KY 80 bridges over the two lakes, the KY 453 bridge over the Between the Rivers Canal, and road over Kentucky Lake.

The intersection between "The Trace" and US 68/KY 80.
The exit from US 68/KY 80 to The Trace.
Heading west on US 68/KY 80 over Kentucky Lake
Crossing the US 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake.
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[KY 80]
Opposition Raised Against Proposed Bridge in Breaks Interstate Park
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:07PM CDT
Topics: [KY 80] [Pike County]

A proposal to build a bridge near the 1,600-foot deep gorge in Breaks Interstate Park has stirred up opposition. The proposed bridge would allow access into the Kentucky side of the park; however, the bridge which would connect the park to KY 80 would be visible from overlooks over the gorge in the park. Currently all of the development in the park has been on the Virginia side because there is no road access to the Kentucky side of the park. The primary feature of the park is a 5-mile long gorge through which the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River flows. The gorge is touted as being the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Residents fear that the bridge would open the park to commercialization.

More information: Associated Press: Bridge proposal stirs opposition; Foes Say Breaks No Place for Span (July 15, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
I-66 Somerset to London Segment Cleared for Accelerated Environmental Review
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:30AM CDT

The Somerset-London segment of I-66 will receive an accelerated environment review from the United States Department of Transportation. This step moves the project years closer to construction.

The London Sentinel-Echo reported that this move angered I-66 protest groups.

More information: Herald-Leader: ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF I-66 ROUTE ACCELERATED (Mar. 1, 2003) [Outside Link]. Courier-Journal: Planned I-66 section to get expedited review (Mar. 1, 2003) [Outside Link], London Sentinel-Echo [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New KY 80 Aurora to Mayfield Route Expected to be Complete in Two Years
Posted: 4-Nov-2002 2:14AM CST

A new four lane route for KY 80 has recently opened between US 68 at Aurora and US 641 at Murray has recently been completed. The Murray to Mayfield section is expected to be open by Spring 2004.

More information: WPSD: Highway 80 Could be Complete in Two Years (Nov. 1, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[KY 80]
New Road in Western Kentucky Will be New Route of Kentucky 80
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 11:40PM CDT

H.B. Elkins posts in this Usenet message [Outside Link] that he has learned from Jeff Moore at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that KY 80 will be routed along the new road currently under construction between Aurora and Mayfield. The current route of KY 80 between Aurora and KY 58 near Brewers has been renumbered as KY 402.

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[US 68] [KY 80]
Left Over Funds Being Used to Upgrade US 68/KY 80 in Christian and Trigg Counties
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 6:54AM CDT

Over $16 million in funds left over from projects that came in under budget are being used to upgrade existing portions of US 68/KY 80 near Hopkinsville. In recent years, US 68/KY 80 has been widened to four lanes; however, in some sections the existing substandard roadway was used to carry traffic in one direction. This saved money since only two new lanes needed to be constructed instead of four. Now that there is some extra money available, the old roadway will be removed and rebuild to bring all four lanes to modern standards.

More information: Kentucky New Era: 'Bonus' construction upgrading older sections of 68-80 (August 6, 2002) [Outside Link]

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More Information on US 68/KY 80 Widening through the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:10AM CDT

Here [Outside Link] is some information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet describing the historic and environmental concerns they took into consideration while designing a new route for US 68/KY 80 through the Land Between the Lakes [Outside Link].

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[US 68] [KY 80]
US 68/KY 80 Widening Through the Land Between the Lakes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:59AM CDT

A planned project to widen US 68/KY 80 to four lanes through the Land Between Lakes National Recreation Area [Outside Link] is expected to cause a great deal of controversy. The $250 million project will replace the two 70-year old bridges of Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake and construct a four lane highway on a 1000-foot right of way through LBL. The project is planned to begin in 2004, pending approval by the U.S. Forestry Service.

Proponents believe the new route would be safer than the current two lane road and increase tourism and commerce in the area; however, critics are concerned about environmental damage.

More information: Kentucky New Era: LBL Road Projects Will Spur Serious Arguments (July 9, 2002) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Divide is forming over proposal for 4-lane road in W. Kentucky (July 8, 2002) [Outside Link] (includes photograph of the Kentucky Lake bridge)

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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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