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[US 31]
District 4 Traffic Impact Report
Posted: 16-Sep-2012 5:47PM CDT

From Kentucky Tranportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 4 (Sept. 11, 2012):

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[US 68]
Section of Craintown Road in Marion County to close June 1
Posted: 1-Jun-2010 8:13PM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 4:

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (May 24, 2010) — A section of Craintown Road near U.S. 68 in Marion County, near the Boyle County line, will be closed throughout the summer as crews construct two concrete bridges and realign the U.S. 68 approach.
The roadway will be closed from June 1 to Sept. 15. Motorists can detour via Crain School Road and Short Line Road, in Boyle County. The detour route is signed.
Together the bridge replacements will cost about $388,000. The work is part of a $6.7 million, 2.6-mile reconstruction of U.S. 68 from KY 243, in Marion County, to about a half-mile west of KY 34, in Boyle County.
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Heartland Parkway in Six Year Plan
Posted: 1-Mar-2006 2:40AM CST

Construction could begin on the proposed 60-mile Heartland Parkway in 2008: Central Kentucky News-Journal: Heartland Parkway now in state road plan (Feb. 22, 2006) [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 55]
KY 55/US 68/KY 555 Widening Recommended for Heartland Parkway
Posted: 10-Mar-2005 5:32AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has recommended that the proposed “Heartland Parkway” between Columbia and Springfield be constructed by widening KY 55, US 68, and KY 555 to four lanes along their existing route.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: Heartland Parkway could be a little closer (March 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Lebanon Bypass Loses out to Columbia-Campbellsville Highway
Posted: 24-Feb-2005 4:46AM CST

$10 million that was originally earmarked for construction of a Lebanon Bypass will instead be spent to construct a new route between Columbia and Campbellsville. State Rep. Jimmy Higdon told the Lebanon Enterprise that in the Heartland Parkway priority list, the route between Columbia and Campbellsville was given higher priority than the Lebanon bypass.

More information: Lebanon Enterprise: $10 million for North Lebanon Bypass went to neighboring district (Feb. 23, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Archeologists Uncovered Prehistoric Campsite along KY 49
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:00PM CDT
Topics: [KY 49] [Marion County]

Archeologists working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have uncovered the remnants of a prehistoric campsite in the path of the KY 49 reconstruction project. The find was carefully evaluated and determined to date back to between 2000 B.C. and 200 B.C.

More information: Lebanon Enterprise: Prehistoric Native American campsite is found near Bradfordsville (Aug. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Three Options Considered for “Heartland Parkway”
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:54PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented three options for the so-called Heartland Parkway in central Kentucky between Columbia and Springfield.

  • Option 1 would construct a new interstate-like highway between the Cumberland Parkway and Blue Grass Parkway. The new highway would follow a corridor roughly two miles to the west of KY 55/US 68/KY 555.
  • Option 2 would widen the existing KY 55/US 68/KY 555 route to four lanes.
  • Option 3 would keep the current KY 55/US 68/KY 555 route at two lanes, but add passing lanes every three miles.

Area residents expressed a wide variety of opinions about the three options at the recent public meetings.

More information: Lebanon Enterprise: Opinions vary about Heartland Parkway options (August 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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Heartland Parkway Meeting Draws a Variety of Responses
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

A meeting presenting a number of proposals for the Heartland Parkway brought a variety of responses: Central Kentucky News Journal: Opinions vary about Heartland Parkway options (Aug. 15, 2004) [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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[KY 55]
Heartland Parkway on Track
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:29AM CDT

Team Taylor County executive director Kevin Sheilley recently reported at a meeting of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Industrial Development Authority that he believes planning for the Heartland Parkway is still on track: (Campbellsville) Central Kentucky News Journal: FOL building may be demolished (June 6, 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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[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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[New Route]
Recent Planning Reports
Posted: 18-May-2004 3:36AM CDT
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[The Ohio River]
Federal Highway Bill Delayed
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:04AM CDT

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a transportation project authorization bill containing a number of Kentucky projects. Including:

The Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project

  • $7 million for continuing the Brent Spence Bridge replacement study
  • I-65 connector route in Warren County
  • Pennyrile Parkway extension in Christian County
  • The Heartland Parkway
  • I-66 northern bypass of Somerset

The Senate has passed a similar bill. Differences between the two bills must now be reconciled and passed by both houses before going before the president for his approval or veto.

More information: Courier-Journal: Bill with bridges money held up (Apr. 1, 2004) [Outside Link] , Business First of Louisville: House passes bill with funding for bridges project (Mar. 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: $7M for bridge a drop in bucket (Apr. 3, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky New Era: $8 million approved for parkway extension (Apr. 3, 2004) [Outside Link], Central Kentucky News-Journal: Parkway is closer to reality (Apr. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that greater Cincinnati area projects are fairing poorly in the bill: Cincinnati Enquirer: Local roads kicked to the curb (Apr. 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Lebanon Northern Bypass Delayed
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:14AM CST
Topics: [Marion County]

Under the proposed 2004 Six-Year Highway Plan, construction of northern bypass around Lebanon would be delayed until after 2010.

More information: Lebanon Enterprise: North Lebanon Bypass is put on the backburner (March 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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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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[New Route]
Options Unveiled for Heartland Parkway
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:43AM CST

Transportation officials have revealed three options for a proposed route between Columbia and Springfield. The proposed route has been called the Heartland Parkway and would pass through Adair, Taylor, Marion and Washington Counties.

One option would see the construction of the an interstate-type highway between the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway and the Blue Grass Parkway.

A second option would widen a route along KY 55, US 68, and KY 555 to four lanes.

A third option would simply add one mile of passing lanes to every three miles of road along KY 55, US 68, and KY 555 between the two parkways.

Current highway plans include no funding for the project other than this initial study.

More information: Central Kentucky News-Journal: Heartland Parkway -- Three options unveiled for 60-mile road (March 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
Heartland Parkway
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:48AM CDT

Materials from recent public meeting concerning the proposed Heartland Parkway have been posted on the transportation cabinet's web site. The proposed corridor will follow KY 55 and KY 555 from the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway to the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway.

More information: KYTC Division of Planning: Heartland Parkway [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
Upcoming Heartland Parkway Public Meetings
Posted: 30-Aug-2003 7:48PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the construction of a new four lane divided highway between Springfield and Columbia along the KY 55/KY 555 corridor.

  • Sept. 2 - Lebanon
  • Sept. 4 - Columbia
  • Sept. 8 - Springfield
  • Sept. 11 - Campbellsville

More information: Lebanon Enterprise: Public meeting is scheduled for Heartland Parkway discussion (Aug. 27, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
Heartland Parkway
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:46PM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has posted information about the proposed Heartland Parkway here: KY-55 Heartland Parkway [Outside Link]

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[KY 55]
$500,000 Allocated for Heartland Parkway Study
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:23AM CST

The 2002 federal transportation spending bill includes $500,000 for the study of a proposed Heartland Parkway in Taylor, Marion, Washington and Green counties. Despite its name, this road will probably not be a toll road as my understanding is that federal law prohibits the placing of tolls on any road on which federal money has been spent. Instead, if built, this route would probably be a four lane reconstruction of KY 55. The proposed road would connect to the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway near Columbia and the Blue Grass Parkway near Springfield. More details can be found here [Outside Link], here [Outside Link], and here [Outside Link] (no longer online).

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