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From its mouth at the Mississippi River near Wickliffe in the west to the mouth of the Big Sandy River near Ashland in the east, the Ohio River marks the northern border of Kentucky. When the state was formed in 1792, the northern border of the state was defined as the northern bank of the Ohio River; however, in many places the river’s course has shifted since 1792. In these places, the state line is either under the river or on land north of the river. One place where this happens is along US 41 in Henderson County. The Ellis Park horse racing facility and a nearby gas station are on land north of the river but south of the Indiana-Kentucky state line (USGS map of the area [Outside Link]).

There are currently forty bridges crossing Kentucky's portion of the Ohio River. Thirty of these bridges currently carry automobile traffic. Of these four connect with Illinois, thirteen connect with Indiana, and another thirteen connect with Ohio.

From east to west Kentucky's Ohio River bridges are:

[1] US 51, US 60, US 62 - Wickliffe, Ballard County, KY [photo]

This two-lane bridge was constructed in the 1930s and is the bridge closest to the mouth of the river.


[2] Canadian National Railroad (former Illinois Central) - Cairo, IL-Ballard County, KY [photo]

The current railroad bridge at this site was constructed in 1951 atop the piers of a previous structure that was completed in 1889.


[3] Canadian National Railroad (former Illinois Central) CB&Q Railroad Bridge Metropolis, IL-McCracken County, KY [photo]

This bridge was constructed in 1917 as part of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad (also known as the Burlington Route). Today it is owned operated by the Canadian National Railroad.


[4] Interstate 24 - Metropolis, IL-McCracken County, KY [photo]

[5] US 45 Irvin Cobb Bridge/Brookport Bridge Brookport, IL-Paducah, McCracken County, KY [photo]

[6] KY 56-IL 13 Shawneetown Bridge Old Shawneetown, IL-Union County, KY [photo]

[7] CSX Transportation Railroad L&N Railroad Bridge Henderson, Henderson County, KY [photo]

[8] US 41 Southbound Audubon Memorial Bridge/John James Audubon Bridge Henderson, Henderson County, KY [photo]

Constructed in the 1960s, the southbound bridge is the newer of the twin US 41 bridges at Henderson.


[9] US 41 Northbound Audubon Memorial Bridge/John James Audubon Bridge Henderson, Henderson County, KY [photo]

The older of the US 41 twin bridges, the northbound span was dedicated on July 4, 1932.


[10] KY 2155-IN 161 Glover Cary Bridge Owensboro, Daviess County, KY [photo]

This bridge, named for area congressman Glover H. Cary opened July 30, 1940. The bridge carried US 231 until the opening of the William H. Natcher Bridge in 2002.


[11] US 231 William H. Natcher Bridge Rockport, IN-Maceo, Daviess County, KY [photo]

More information at William H. Natcher Bridge. This cable-stayed bridge opened to traffic in 2002.


[12] KY 69-IN 237 Bob Cummings/Lincoln Trail Bridge Hawesville, Hancock County, KY [photo]

[13] KY 79-IN 135 Michael E. Welsh Bridge Brandenburg, Meade County, KY [photo]

[14] Interstate 64, US 150 Sherman Minton Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY [photo]

More information at: Sherman Minton Bridge


[15] Norfolk Southern Railroad Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY -

This bridge was open to both railroad and automobile traffic until 1979. Cars and trucks traveled along steel plating along either side of the railroad tracks.


[16] Louisville & Indiana Railroad Ohio Falls Bridge/Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY -

This bridge was completed in 1870 and is the oldest bridge across the Ohio at Louisville.


[17] US 31 Second Street Bridge/Clark Memorial Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY [photo]

More information at: George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge


[18] Interstate 65 John F. Kennedy Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY [photo]

The John F. Kennedy Bridge was dedicated Dec. 6, 1963—just over two weeks after the president had been assassinated.

More information at: John F. Kennedy Bridge


[19] Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad/New York Central Railroad Big Four Bridge Louisville, Jefferson County, KY -

The bridge was abandoned in 1969 after the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads and the approach trestles have long since been removed. Plans are to eventually open the bridge to pedestrian traffic.


[20] US 421 Milton-Madison Bridge Minton, Trimble County, KY-Madison, IN -

The Madison-Milton Bridge opened in 1929.


[21] KY 1188-IN 101 Markland Dam Bridge Ethridge, Gallatin County, KY-Markland, IN -

[22] Interstate 275 Caroll C. Cropper Bridge Boone County -

[23] Norfolk Southern Railroad Cincinnati Southern Bridge Ludlow, Kenton County, KY-Cincinnati, OH -

This bridge is owned by the municipally owned Cincinnati Southern Railroad and is leased to Norfolk Southern.


[24] Interstate 71, Interstate 75 Brent Spence Bridge Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky-Cincinnati, OH -

[25] CSX Transportation Railroad C&O Railroad Bridge Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky-Cincinnati, OH -

[26] US 25 Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky-Cincinnati, OH -

[27] KY 17 John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge/Cincinnati-Covington Bridge Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky-Cincinnati, OH -

This is the oldest bridge to span the Ohio River and was designed by John A. Roebling, who later designed the Brooklyn Bridge.


[28] US 27 Taylor-Southgate Bridge Newport, Campbell County, KY-Cincinnati, OH -

Built on the site of the Central Bridge. The Central Bridge was demolished in 1992.


[29] US 27C L&N Bridge/"Purple People Bridge" Newport, Campbell County, KY-Cincinnati, OH -

This bridge once carried vehicle and rail traffic but is now only open to pedestrians.


[30] Interstate 471 Daniel Carter Beard Bridge/"Big Mac" Bridge Newport, Campbell County, KY-Cincinnati, OH photo

[31] Interstate 275 Combs-Hehl Bridge Campbell County, KY-Cincinnati, OH -

[32] US 62, US 68 William H. Harsha Bridge Maysville, Mason County, KY-Aberdeen, OH [photo]

More information at: William H. Harsha Bridge


[33] Business US 62, Business US 68 Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge Maysville, Mason County, KY-Aberdeen, OH -

[34] Spur KY 8 Carl D. Perkins Bridge South Portsmouth, Greenup County, KY-Portsmouth, OH [photo]

[35] US 23 U.S. Grant Bridge South Shore, Greenup County, KY-Portsmouth, OH -

A new cable-stayed bridge is currently under construction at the site of the original U.S. Grant Bridge.


[36] CSX Transportation Railroad Sciotoville Bridge Sileam, Greenup County, KY-Sciotoville, OH [photo]

[37] KY 10 - Grays Branch, Greenup County, KY-Franklin Furnace, OH -
 

[38] - Ironton-Russell Bridge Russell, Greenup County, KY-Ironton, OH [photo]

Planning is underway to replace this bridge.


[39] Spur US 23 Southbound 12th Street Bridge Ashland, Boyd County, KY-Coal Grove, OH [photo]

The older of Ashland's twin downtown bridges, the 12th Street bridge opened in the 1920s.


[40] Spur US 23 Northbound 13th Street Bridge Ashland, Boyd County, KY-Coal Grove, OH [photo]

This twin of the 12th Street Bridge opened in 1985.


There are plans to build two new bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville in Jefferson County. There are two bridges over the Ohio River that once carried automobile traffic but are now closed. The Kentucky & Indiana Bridge at Louisville is now exclusively a railroad bridge; however, it carried vehicle traffic until 1979. The L&N Railroad Bridge in Campbell County once carried both train and automobile traffic; however, it is now a pedestrian only bridge; however, it is officially designated as US 27C in Kentucky's route logs.

There are also three ferries across the Ohio River: a free ferry crosses the Ohio River at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois and connects to KY 91 in Crittenden County; a toll ferry crosses the Ohio River near Constance in Boone County; and another toll ferry operates across the Ohio River at Augusta in Bracken County.

For more information about government operated ferries in Kentucky, see: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Ferry Operations [Outside Link]

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Related image galleries: [Bridges of the Ohio River] [Cave-in-Rock Ferry] [I-64 - Sherman Minton Bridge] [I-65 - John F. Kennedy Bridge] [US 31 - George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge (Second Street Bridge)] [William H. Harsha Bridge Photographs] [William H. Natcher Bridge - August 9, 2001] [William H. Natcher Bridge - Dedication Ceremony - August 16, 2002] [William H. Natcher Bridge - February 16, 2002] [William H. Natcher Bridge - February 8, 2003] [William H. Natcher Bridge - June 27, 2002] [William H. Natcher Bridge - October 26, 2002]

Related news topics: [Brent Spence Bridge Replacement] [Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project] [William H. Natcher Bridge]


Ohio River News Items

[The Ohio River]
Kentucky, Indiana announce federal approval of Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for Ohio River Bridges Project
Posted: 30-Apr-2012 8:50PM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Indiana Department of Transportation (Apr. 20, 2012):

Kentucky, Indiana announce federal approval of Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for Ohio River Bridges Project
Implements cost-saving measures, new Record of Decision expected mid-June
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 20, 2012) – The Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project, designed to bring unprecedented improvements in cross-river mobility for the entire region, took a giant step forward today with federal approval of a new environmental impact statement.

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[I-64]
I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge over Ohio River Closed Indefinitely
Posted: 10-Sep-2011 10:57PM CDT

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ordered the Sherman Minton Bridge, I-64's bridge over the Ohio River, closed indefinitely on Sept. 9, 2011 after cracks were found in the structure during an inspection: Louisville Courier-Journal: Sherman Minton Bridge closed indefinitely due to structural cracks (Sept. 9, 2011) [Outside Link]

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet et al:

Transportation Leaders Announce Traffic Plans With Indefinite Closing of Sherman Minton Bridge
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 10, 2011) — The public should expect long traffic delays, especially during peak rush hours, with the indefinite closing of the Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, transportation leaders on both sides of the Ohio River announced today.
Mayor Greg Fischer, joined by officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, announced the following items to help alleviate some of the congestion.
  • When possible, it’s important for people to avoid peak travel times in the morning and evening.
  • People should carpool – three or four to a vehicle – to help reduce the number of automobiles on the interstates.
  • People should stagger their commute times – going to work early and leaving early or going to work late and leaving late.
  • Companies should be as flexible as possible and allow employees to work from home…to telecommute…and to have staggered arrival and departure times.
  • If possible, when traveling within Louisville, drivers should use surface streets and stay off the interstate. This will cause more congestion on side streets, however it will help alleviate cars on the interstates.
A detailed traffic management plan is being developed to ensure that congestion is alleviated as much as possible for as long as the bridge is closed. As soon as feasible, lanes of the Second Street Bridge will be converted to reverse lanes, though that is unlikely to occur before Monday.
When the reverse lanes are in place, there will be three southbound lanes and one northbound lane during the morning commute. For the evening commute, that will reverse, with three northbound lanes and one southbound lane. Traffic flow on the Kennedy Bridge (I-65) will remain normal.
Where possible, exit ramps along I-65 in Southern Indiana will be widened from one to two lanes to help traffic flow.
In addition, officials from the Transit Authority of River City are working with the two states to develop plans to use public transit to move people by buses across the river.
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[The Ohio River]
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet files motion to intervene in Ohio River Bridges Lawsuit
Posted: 11-Jul-2011 2:58PM CDT

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet seeks to intervene
Suit by River Fields, National Trust poses danger of delay, higher cost
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2011) – To help ensure the Ohio River Bridges Project moves forward, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit by River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Cave-in-Rock Ferry Information
Posted: 1-Jun-2010 8:35PM CDT

This press release from over the winter contains some interesting information about the ferry that crosses the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways:

Cave-In-Rock Ferry Resumes Service
Ice that halted service since Saturday is cleared from Kentucky Landing
MARION, KY (January 14, 2010) – The Cave-In-Rock Ferry has resumed service after being closed since about 2:00 p.m. Saturday by ice on the Ohio River.
Ice accumulated at the Kentucky landing blocking ferry access to the landing ramp. This morning ferry operator Lonnie Lewis was able to clear the ice away from the landing ramp. That has allowed the ferry to open for service today.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry connects KY 91 with ILLINOIS Route 1 across the Ohio River between Crittenden County, KY, and Hardin County, IL.
The ferry normally operates from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. central time, 7 days a week. The ferry carries about 500 vehicles across the Ohio River in an average day.
The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is operated by an independent contractor with joint funding from KYTC and Idot through a ferry authority.

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[I-64]
Sherman Minton Bridge Repainting Underway
Posted: 31-Mar-2010 8:00PM CDT

The Sherman Minton bridge, Interstate 64's crossing of the Ohio River, is being repainted: Louisville Courier-Journal: Sherman Minton Bridge painting gets under way (March 23, 2010) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Facebook Groups Opposing Tolling of Ohio River Bridges Attract Nearly 1,000 Members
Posted: 31-Mar-2010 7:56PM CDT

A proposal to toll two bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville have spurred the creation of two opposition groups on Facebook: Louisville Courier-Journal: Groups opposing tolls on Louisville's Ohio River bridges are starting to form (March 23, 2010) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project Lawsuit Moving to Kentucky Court; State to Sell Bonds for Right-of-Way Purchase
Posted: 30-Dec-2009 9:54PM CST

A federal judge has granted to the federal government request to move a lawsuit filed by two groups opposing the project's plan from a federal court in Washington, DC to U.S. District Court for the western district of Kentucky: Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges lawsuit headed to Kentucky court (Dec. 23, 2009) [Outside Link]

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has authorized the sale of $100 million in bonds to start right-of-way purchases for the Ohio River Bridges projects: Louisville Courier-Journal: Governor OKs bond sale to start bridges project property buys (Dec. 18, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bridge authority members named
Posted: 3-Nov-2009 10:12PM CST

Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson recently named members to a bi-state authority to oversee the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridge authority members named (Oct. 30, 2009) [Outside Link], Associated Press: 7 appointed to bridge panel (Oct. 30, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Ramp connecting pedestrian walkway to Big 4 bridge lifted
Posted: 3-Nov-2009 9:37PM CST

Workers recently lifted a platform into place to connect the Big Four bridge to a pedestrian walkway. The abandoned railroad bridge over the Ohio River is being converted for pedestrian use: Louisville Courier-Journal: Big 4 platform to be lifted into place (Oct. 28, 2009) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Big Four Bridge project moving along (Oct. 31, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project misses financing deadline for second year in a row
Posted: 7-Oct-2009 7:26PM CDT

For the second straight year Kentucky and Indiana failed to meet a federal deadline to update the cost of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges financing plan misses second annual deadline (Oct. 6, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Gate Falls off Lock on Ohio River Dam
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:59PM CDT

A gate fell off of a lock at the Markland Dam near Warsaw, Kentucky. A smaller auxiliary lock is now in use, but traffic on the river will be delayed until the damaged lock can be repaired: Associated Press: Gate falls off Ohio River lock, slows ship traffic (Sept. 28, 20090) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Kentucky, indiana Apply for Federal Stimulus Funding for Big Four and Madison-Milton Bridge Projects
Posted: 30-Sep-2009 6:48PM CDT

Both Kentucky and Indiana have applied for federal money to apply to two Ohio River bridge projects: the replacement of the US 421 bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky and Madion, Indiana and the redecking of the Big Four Bridge over the Ohio River in downtown Louisville: Louisville Courier-Journal: $25 million in stimulus money sought for Big Four Bridge (Sept. 24, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Contingency Plans Being Made in Case Tunnel is Removed from East End Bridge
Posted: 21-Sep-2009 8:38AM CDT

Planners are making contingency plans for how to proceed if a tunnel under a historic Jefferson County property is removed from plans for the new East End Bridge that is part of Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Tunnel to bridge is now in question (Sept. 20, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Block Louisville Bridges Project
Posted: 16-Sep-2009 7:34AM CDT

The Louisville-based conservation group River Fields and the national preservation organization National Trust for Historic Preservation have files suit in federal court claiming that the Federal Highway Administration broke the law in its 2003 approval of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: River Fields lawsuit could halt Ohio River Bridges Project (Sept. 10, 2009) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Suit seeks to halt bridges project (Sept. 10, 2009) [Outside Link]

The Courier-Journal printed two letters to the editor in opposition to the lawsuits: Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges lawsuit is criticized (Sept. 16, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Cleaning and Inspection of US 41 Ohio River Bridges Scheduled
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 11:13PM CDT

From KYTC Department of Highways District 2 (Sept. 14, 2009):

Transportation Cabinet schedules cleaning & inspection of US 41 Twin Bridges
Lane restrictions scheduled week of Sept. 28th
HENDERSON, Ky. — Lane restrictions are scheduled on the US 41 Twin Bridges the week of Sept. 28th, for a variety of deck and maintenance work.

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[US 421]
US 421 Ohio River Bridge Found to be in Poor Condition
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:56PM CDT

Inspectors have found the US 421 bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana to be in as bad or worse condition than it was before last being rehabilitated in 1997. Repairs to the bridge could force an 18 month closure of the span: Associated Press: 80-year-old Ohio River bridge found in poor shape (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridge across Ohio River in poor shape (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bi-state Panel Meets to Discuss Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project
Posted: 15-Sep-2009 10:38PM CDT

A new bi-state negotiating team met today in Louisville to discuss the creation of a bridge authority to oversee financing of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Louisville Courier-Journal: Ky., Ind. panel recommends bi-state bridges oversight (Sept. 15, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Ohio River bridges project negotiators will meet Tuesday (Sept. 14, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Bridges negotiating team to meet Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Opinions Sought on River Road Improvements in Louisville
Posted: 24-Aug-2009 8:27PM CDT

Louisville's government is seeking opinions regarding improvements to River Road: Louisville Courier-Journal: Opinions sought on River Road plans (Aug. 21, 2009) [Outside Link], City of Louisville: River Road Corridor Plan [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio Rivers Bridges Projects
Posted: 24-Aug-2009 7:59PM CDT
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[US 421]
Kentucky, Indiana to Apply for Federal Stimulus Funding to Replace Madison-Milton Bridge
Posted: 20-Aug-2009 7:37AM CDT

Kentucky and Indiana will apply for federal money to replace the narrow bridge carrying US 421 over the Ohio River between Madison, Indiana and Milton, Kentucky. If approved, the plan is demolish the current bridge and build a similar looking, wider bridge in its place using the existing piers. Weight restrictions were placed on the existing bridge earlier this year due to what was described as advanced deterioration.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Ky., Ind. to seek stimulus money to replace U.S. 421 bridge (Aug. 14, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: States to seek stimulus grant for replacement Madison-Milton bridge (Aug. 14, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Design for Indiana Side of Big Four Bridge Walkway Nearing Completion
Posted: 20-Aug-2009 7:25AM CDT

A contracting firm hired by Jeffersonville, Indiana is putting the finishing touches on its designs for the city's connection to the the Big Four Bridge. The former railroad bridge over the Ohio River is being converted to a pedestrian walkway: Louisville Courier-Journal: Jeff design for Big Four walkway nears completion (Aug. 12, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[Western Kentucky Parkway]
Purple prisms along Kentucky highways generate speculation
Posted: 17-Aug-2009 11:10PM CDT
[Emerald Ash Borer Trap] [Emerald Ash Borer Trap]

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 2 on July 16, 2009:

Purple prisms along Kentucky highways generate speculation
Insect traps aimed at monitoring spread of emerald ash borer
MADISONVILLE, Ky. — If you’ve driven along the Wendell Ford-Western Kentucky Parkway or any number of other highways in Western Kentucky you may have noticed some odd looking purple prisms hanging in trees along the roadside. The strange looking structures have generated several dozen calls to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and area police agencies.
According to Kentucky State Entomologist Dr. John J. Obrycki, the oddly shaped bright purple structures are taps put out to monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer.

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[The Ohio River]
Ohio River Bridges Project Funding Remains Uncertain
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:47PM CDT

The Courier-Journal recently reported that leaders from the two houses of the Kentucky legislature were divided on bills concerning funding the project to build two new bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville; additionally, federal transportation officials say that adding tolls to the bridge will cause an 18 month delay due to plans needing to be reviewed: Louisvlle Courier-Journal: Fate of bridges' funding bill is uncertain; tolls a hitch (March 26, 2009) [Outside Link]

Update (April 1, 2009): Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky inaction stalls Indiana bill on bridge projects; Oversight panels in states at issue (April 1, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Picnic Area to Open under Kennedy Bridge
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:29PM CDT

Now that I-65's Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River has been repainted, an area underneath the bridge that had been used by the repainting contractors is being converted into a picnic area: Louisville Courier-Journal: Picnic area being built under Kennedy Bridge; Tables to offer 'killer view' (March 27, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[US 421]
Milton-Madison Ohio River Bridge Off Limits to Trucks after Inspection
Posted: 31-Mar-2009 9:06PM CDT

The US 421 bridge over the Ohio River at Milton in Trimble County has been placed off limits to trucks weighing more than 15 tons after a December inspection found "advanced deterioration on various components of the bridge."

More information: Associated Press: Bridge inspection leads to weight restriction (March 31, 2009 [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: 15-ton limit set on U.S. 421 bridge over Ohio River (April 1, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Location, Tolls Problems for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 12-Feb-2009 7:33AM CST

The Associated Press has a brief story about how the questions of where and how to pay for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge still remain to be answered: Associated Press: Tolls, location problems in bridge planning (Feb. 9, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Sherman Minton (I-64) Bridge Closed Briefly after Barge Strike
Posted: 5-Feb-2009 10:49AM CST

The Sherman Minton Bridge which carries I-64 over the Ohio River west of downtown Louisville was closed for about three hours this morning after being struck by a barge. An inspection found that the bridge had only suffered superficial damage.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Sherman Minton Bridge reopens; Strike by boat closed span for three hours; damage 'superficial' (Feb. 5, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Indiana House Committee Approves Commission to Coordinate Bridge Efforts
Posted: 31-Jan-2009 10:57AM CST

A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a commission coordinate activities related to the construction of two new Interstate bridges over the Ohio River near Louisville and a new bridge to replace the US 421 bridge over the Ohio River between Milton, KY and Madison, IN.

More information: Associated Press: Commission proposed to focus on Ohio River bridges (Jan. 30, 2009) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Indiana panel may focus on Ohio River bridges (Jan. 30, 2009) [Outside Link]

Update Feb. 12, 2008: The bill has passed in the Indiana House: Louisville Courier-Journal: Ind. House passes bridge commission bill (Feb. 12, 2009) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Designs for Louisville Bridges Narrowed
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:19PM CDT

The number of designs for the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville have been narrowed to three apiece: Courier-Journal: Bridge options unveiled (July 19, 2006) [Outside Link], Kentucky-Indiana Bridges: Downtown Bridge Design Alternatives [Outside Link], Kentucky-Indiana Bridges: East End Bridge Design Alternatives [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Designs Unveiled for Indiana Side of Big Four Bridge
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:12PM CDT

An engineering firm recently unveiled designs for the pedestrian approach to the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge. The former railroad bridge between Southern Indiana and Louisville is being converted to a pedestrian and bicycle crossing: Courier-Journal: Beginning of an end for Big Four; Designs unveiled for Ind. side of walkway (May 10, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Big Four Bridge pedway may get boost from House; Federal spending bill includes $500,000 for it (June 14, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Gradual ramp will lead up to Big Four Bridge; soft soil foils other plan (June 17, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Search is on for Another Kennedy Bridge Painting Contractor
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:11PM CDT

The state will try for a third time to have the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River painted: Courier-Journal: Kennedy bridge looking for yet another painter (May 8, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge will just be taupe; To save money, time, 2 colors cut (June 14, 2006) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State Rejects Lone Bid For Kennedy Bridge Painting (June 25, 2006) [Outside Link], Business First of Louisville: Bridge repainting bid comes in over budget (July 21, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
Third Street Ramp May Close as Part of Spaghetti Junction Reconstruction
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:10PM CDT

The interchange between I-64 and Third Street in downtown Louisville may be closed as part of Spaghetti Junction reconstruction partition of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project: Courier-Journal: Third Street ramp might be eliminated; River Road would gain exit (April 18, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 150]
K&I Bridge Video
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:09PM CDT

The Courier-Journal has posted a video of the Ohio River flowing past a barge lodged against the K&I bridge: Courier-Journal: Video: The Ohio River at the K&I Bridge (April 13, 2006 [Outside Link])

The railroad bridge is now operated by Norfolk Southern. At one time, it also carried automobile vehicle traffic.

Removal of the barge was delayed for some time: New Albany (Ind.) Tribune and Jeffersonville (Ind.) Evening News: Barge to enjoy holiday weekend in area; Stuck visitor to remain a few more days (May 27, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Crippled barge uprighted, moved; Fleet will push it to Mississippi (May 31, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bride May Close for Year
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:09PM CDT

The historic Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington may close for a year beginning in October for repainting and repair: Cincinnati Enquirer: Suspension Bridge may close for year (March 28, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Construction Begins on Louisville Bridges Project
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:08PM CDT

Construction work has begun on the Louisville east end bridge project. This phase of work involves the reconstruction of the current end of the Gene Snyder Freeway at US 42: Busines First of Louisville: Bridges project to begin construction activity (March 2, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Relief on way for U.S. 42-Snyder intersection; Open house to let public examine project (April 26, 2006) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Ground broken for two costly Ohio River bridges (June 20, 2006) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Dynamite work to start at U.S. 42 and Snyder (July 19, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Funding Louisville Bridges Project Could Delay 80 Other Road Projects
Posted: 1-Mar-2006 5:18AM CST

A shift of funding to the Louisville Bridge Project could delay dozens of other state road projects: Courier-Journal: Bridges plan could delay 80 state road projects; $789 million in federal funds now targeted for Louisville (Feb. 28, 2006) [Outside Link], Danville Advocate-Messenger: Bridge construction could delay U.S. 27 project in Garrard (Feb. 28, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Contract Cancelled
Posted: 1-Mar-2006 2:39AM CST

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet cancelled a $17.8 million contract with Atlantic Painting Company for painting Louisville’s Kennedy Bridge. The state claims that Atlantic Painting was making sufficient progress towards completing the bridge repainting project: Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge painting deal canceled; State says job only 6 percent complete (Feb. 9, 2006) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State cancels bridge painting company's contract (Feb. 9, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Bids for New Ironton-Russell Bridge Come in over Estimates
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

At nearly $110 million, the low bid for constructing a new bridge across the Ohio River at Russell came in well above the Ohio Department of Transportation’s estimates: Ashland Daily Independent: $110M bid for new bridge puts funding in question (Jan. 13, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Project Halts
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:27AM CST

Atlantic Painting Co., the contractor responsible for painting the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville, recently walked off the project. The company claims that the weather is too cold for painting. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is unsure when work will resume: Courier-Journal: Painting work stops on Kennedy Bridge; State, company will discuss finishing job (Dec. 10, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: State might extend deadline for painting Kennedy Bridge (Jan. 8, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Plans for Owensboro Bypass Extension Presented
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:26AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently presented proposed alternatives for rebuilding and extending the eastern end of the Owensboro bypass: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bypass extension plans to be displayed; Affected property shown for 3.4-mile project (Dec. 8, 2005) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: Residents along bypass extension route get look at plan (Dec. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Transportation Cabinet to Takeover Responsibility for Lighting Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge
Posted: 12-Nov-2005 2:00AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will soon takeover responsibility for replacing decorative light bulbs on the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River at Maysville. Decorative lighting on other bridges across the state has always been the responsibility of local authorities: Maysville Ledger Independent: No easy fix for bridge illumination (Nov. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Bidding Delayed on Ironton-Russell Bridge Project
Posted: 9-Nov-2005 4:16AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has delayed the opening of bids for the Ironton-Russell Bridge project; however, the delay is not expected to affect the beginning of construction which is scheduled for spring 2006: Ashland Daily Independent: Bids for Ironton-Russell Bridge delayed (Nov. 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville East End Bridge Design Process
Posted: 5-Nov-2005 4:10AM CST

The Oldham Era takes a look at the process of designing the proposed Louisville East End bridge: Oldham Era: Designers seek input for East End bridge (Nov. 4, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Purple People Bridge Closer to Transfer
Posted: 5-Nov-2005 4:09AM CST

Ownership of the “Purple People Bridge” is closer to being transferred to a not-for-profit organization. The Newport city council recently voted to accept ownership of the bridge from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and to transfer ownership of the bridge to the not-for-profit Newport Southbank Bridge Company.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge closer to transfer; Commissioners take first vote on turning over ownership of Purple People Bridge (Nov. 2, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 8]
State’s First Geofoam Roadway Expected to open Ahead of Schedule
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet expected to open the state’s first roadway constructed on a foam base ahead of schedule. A one-mile section of KY 8 along the bank of the Ohio River in Campbell County is being reconstructed in attempt to prevent problems with cracking and slipping of the road.

More information: Kentucky Post: Geofoam roadway to open in weeks (Oct. 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge Reopens
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:45PM CST

A year long rehabilitation project on the Shawneetown Bridge drew to a close in Ocotober: Union County Advocate: Shawneetown Bridge set to reopen (Oct. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Cruise Gives Insight on Bridge Routes
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST

A recent river cruise allowed are leaders to view the potential paths of the new Ohio River bridges at Louisville: Jeffersonville Evening News: Cruise gives insight on bridge routes (Oct. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Two meetings will seek ideas on design of East End bridge; Open houses set for today, Thursday (Oct. 18, 2005) [Outside Link], Jeffersonville Evening News: Area residents weigh-in on east-end bridge design (Oct. 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: A recipe to rebuild Spaghetti Junction; Untangling plan will be unveiled this week (Oct. 23, 2005) [Outside Link], WAVE 3: Spaghetti Junction Makeover Projected To Cost $1.1 Billion (Oct. 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement to be a Signature Bridge
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:44PM CST

One percent of the budget to build a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge will be used to improve the bridge’s aesthetics: Kentucky Post: Bridge will be one of a kind (Oct. 7, 2005) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Goal: Get bridge right; Much study underpins planning for Brent Spence replacement (Oct. 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Two Companies Fined in Kennedy Bridge Painting Accident
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

Two companies have been fined for safety violations relating to an accident that caused the death of a worker on the Kennedy Bridge Painting project: Louisville Courier-Journal: 2 companies fined in fatal fall from bridge (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Public Gets Say on New Ohio River Bridge Designs
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

Recently, members of the public had the opportunity to express their opinion on the design of the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Public to get say on new bridge design; Downtown span's style, fit are topics (Sept. 19, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Residents' thoughts vary on downtown bridge (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Thoughts on bridge flow freely at meeting; 'Spectacular' span? Low-maintenance? (Sept. 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

In other Louisville bridge related news, Indiana officials are urging that the proposed East End bridge be built before the downtown bridge: Louisville Courier-Journal: Eastern bridge priority urged; Officials say it will have greater economic impact (Sept. 29, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
“Purple People Bridge” Ownership May Change
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:30PM CDT

A not-for-profit organization has raised and spent thousands of dollars to beautify the former L&N Bridge over the Ohio River at Newport; however, plans to transfer ownership of the bridge to Southbank Partners have been delayed. Part of the bridge—the former railroad tracks—is still owned by L&N’s successor corporation CSX Transportation. The road portion of the bridge has been converted to a pedestrian walkway and is owned by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Questions over who will pay for the upkeep of parts of the structure have lead to the delay in transferring the state owned portion of the bridge.

More information: Kentucky Post: Span's ownership remains with state; Public-private transfer delayed (Sept. 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
History of the Roebling Suspension Bridge
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:28PM CDT

The Kentucky Post takes a look at this history of the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Kentucky Post: After many false starts, Roebling spanned the Ohio (Sept. 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 45]
Brookport Bridge Work Means Delays
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:44PM CDT

Drivers crossing between Paducah and Illinois will face delays because of a maintenance project on the US 45 Brookport Bridge: WPSD NewsChannel 6: Kentucky/Illinois: Bridge Construction Means Long Delays for Drivers (Aug. 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
AP: Debate Grows over Impact of I-69 in Western Ky., Tenn.
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:43PM CDT

Associated Press: Debate grows over impact of I-69 in western Ky., Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Spaghetti Junction Project Redesigned to Avoid Skate Park
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:42PM CDT

Plans for a redesigned Spaghetti Junction in downtown Louisville will be changed to avoid impacting the city’s Extreme Park: Courier-Journal: Planners do a 180 on Extreme Park; Pillars for Spaghetti Junction won't be in skate area (July 29, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
FAA Concerned over Plans for Ironton-Russell Bridge
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:40PM CDT

The Federal Aviation Administration has raised concerns that a proposed cable-stayed bridge across the Ohio River between Ironton, Ohio and Russell, Kentucky might interfere with navigation to a nearby airport. The $68 million bridge will replace the current Ironton-Russell Bridge, a narrow, two-lane structure which was completed in 1922.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: New bridge work could be delayed (July 14, 2005) [Outside Link], Ashland Daily Independent: FAA approves bridge (July 17, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
“Big Four” Bridge Inspected
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:39PM CDT

The “Big Four” bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville was inspected in July. Local officials hope to turn the abandoned railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge: Business First of Louisville: Big Four Bridge inspection under way (July 8, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Engineering crews check Big Four Bridge; Study to determine work needed to create walkway (July 9, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Shore work to precede bridge walkway; Last phase nears for Waterfront Park (July 24, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Jeff taking 1st step on Big Four walkway; Grant to go for drawings of access concepts (Aug. 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Ferry Helps Farmers
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:37PM CDT

A temporary ferry across the Ohio River at Shawneetown, Illinois has allowed farmers to move equipment across the river while traffic is restricted on the bridge during a repainting project: Henderson Gleaner: Ferry solving Shawneetown Bridge worries (July 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Repainting Faces Problem
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:37PM CDT

Contractors have encountered a problem with “surface scale” while repainting the I-65 bridge over the Ohio River. The rust-laced surface scale is proving harder to remove from the bridge than originally expected.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kennedy repainting faces new obstacle; 'Surface scale' on bridge proves difficult to remove (July 2, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: State won't pay more for bridge work (July 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

There was also some sad news related to the repainting project. A worker died after falling from the bridge: Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge worker killed in fall (July 15, 2005) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Setbacks again mar Kennedy bridge painting; Company says it needs more time, money to finish the job (Aug. 27, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
US 41 Bridge Maintenance
Posted: 10-Sep-2005 9:35PM CDT

Maintenance work to the twin US 41 bridges over the Ohio River was completed in July: Henderson Gleaner: Bridge work is done (July 1, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-75]
Work Planned for I-75 in Cincinnati
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:51AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a special section covering proposed improvements to I-75 in Cincinnati: Cincinnati Enquirer: I-75: The Big Fix [Outside Link]

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[US 41]
Bridge Maintenance Slows Traffic on US 41 Twin Bridges
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:50AM CDT

Routine maintenance work will result in periodic lane closures on the US 41 bridges over the Ohio River in Henderson County: The Henderson Gleaner: Work set to begin on twin bridges (June 22, 2005) [Outside Link], The Henderson Gleaner: Work set to begin Monday on twin bridges (June 26, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Indiana Buys First Land for New Bridges
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:50AM CDT

Indiana has bought the first parcel of land that will someday become the right-of-way for the new Louisville east-end bridge: Louisville Courier-Journal: Indiana buys land for bridges project; Purchase is first in long process (June 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Money May be Coming for Louisville Greenway Project
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:45AM CDT

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that includes $3.1 million for the construction of a greenway project in Louisville. The project will eventually form a loop along the Ohio River in Louisville and Southern Indiana–the two sides of the river would be connected by walkways across the K&I Bridge and the Big Four Bridge.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Greenway trail along riverfront might get $3.1million boost (May 31, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
I-65 Work in Southern Indiana Complete
Posted: 1-Jul-2005 3:44AM CDT

Work to rebuild I-65 in Indiana just north of the Ohio River was nearing completion late last month. At that point the project was running seventeen months behind schedule and 17% above the original budget: Louisville Courier-Journal: I-65 work is all but finished; Construction delayed, runs over original cost (May 24, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
U.S. Grant Bridge Project On Track for October 2006 Opening
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:19AM CDT

Progress is once again visible on the U.S. Grant Bridge south of Portsmouth, Ohio. A new bridge is being constructed over the Ohio River on the site of a bridge demolished in 2001. The Ohio Department of Transportation has a scheduled opening date of October 31, 2006 for the new bridge.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Bridge to Portsmouth shows signs of progress (May 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Roebling Bridge to be Repainted
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:13AM CDT

Barring any unforeseen problems, the Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington will be repainted next summer: Kentucky Post: River Rainbow (May 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Some Fear that Indiana’s History is being Buried
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:13AM CDT

A Southern Indiana historical society fears that Southern Indiana’s history is being buried under a collection of landfills. One of the landfills has received and provided construction materials for projects such as the Kennedy Bridge and reconstruction of I-65 in Southern Indiana: Courier-Journal: Clarksville down in the dumps; Some fear fort buried by debris (May 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 42]
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge Project Wraps Up
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:04AM CDT

A project to rehabilitate the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge was recently completed: Cincinnati Post: Clay Wade Bailey in good repair (May 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Budget for US 231 Southern Indiana Widening Project in Question
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:01AM CDT

Budget concerns in Indiana may delay a project to widen US 231 in Southern Indiana from the Natcher Bridge to I-64. The priority of unstarted highway projects has been under review since Gov. Mitch Daniels took office in January. Under the revised 10-year plan the US 231 widening project might be delayed until 2014.

Local leaders (including officials from Daviess County in Kentucky) met with Indiana’s Gov. Mitch Daniels last week and were assured that while the project would be delayed, it would not be delayed until 2014.

More information: Evansville Courier&Press: Officials upset over potential U.S. 231 delays (May 4, 2005) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: U.S. 231 expansion on hold (May 4, 2005) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Officials: U.S. 231 expansion project back on track (May 12, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Covington Traffic Study Conducted
Posted: 16-May-2005 12:00AM CDT

Covington city officials recently helped the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet perform a traffic study to examine patterns of traffic coming from the Roebling Suspension Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Traffic patterns getting hard look (May 3, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Parsons Brinckerhoff Awarded $18 Million Contract to Perform Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:55AM CDT

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have awarded the engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff an $18 million contract to perform a study on how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Engineering firm gets $18M to design new Brent Spence (April 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

A group of residents is urging that any replacement bridge be constructed as a signature piece for the area: Cincinnati Post: Signature bridge urged (April 22, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Repainting Continues
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:54AM CDT

Part of the Kennedy Bridge is being sandblasted in preparation for repainting: Courier-Journal: Sandblasting preps bridge; Kennedy span soon will get its long-awaited paint job (April 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
States Split Right of Acquisition Process for Louisville East End Bridge
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:53AM CDT

Kentucky and Indiana will allow subcontractors working on projects related to the proposed Eastern Jefferson County Ohio River bridge to handle right of way acquisition instead of having one contractor handle all of the property purchases: Courier-Journal: New plan to buy land for bridges assailed; States say change is more efficient (April 8, 2005) [Outside Link]

In other bridge news, another protest group has popped up to claim the two proposed bridges at Louisville are unneeded: (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: Bridges not needed, group contends (April 8, 2005) [Outside Link]

A WAVE 3 reporter describes his look at a 3D model of the proposed bridges: WAVE 3 TV: Downtown Bridges Will Eliminate Spaghetti Junction (April 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

The Courier-Journal profiles Ed Cox, who is the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Project Manager for the bridges project: Courier-Journal: Engineer is at the helm of bridge project; He's no stranger to improving traffic (April 25, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Welcome Signs are Up
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:52AM CDT

New welcome signs have been installed on interstates across the state. The Cincinnati Enquirer has a photograph of sign installation on the Combs-Hehl Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: New welcome signs going up; Crews install them at 11 expressway gateways (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Temporary Ferry Carries Farm Equipment near Shawneetown Bridge
Posted: 30-Apr-2005 5:52AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has hired a ferry that will carry farm equipment across the Ohio River near the Shawneetown Bridge. Traffic on the bridge is currently restricted due to a repainting project, and an analysis found that it would cost less to temporarily operate a ferry than to periodically clear equipment from the bridge to allow oversized farm equipment to pass.

More information: Evansville (Ind.) Courier-Press: Shawneetown Bridge ferry planned (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link], The Henderson Gleaner: State to ferry farmers at Shawneetown (April 6, 2005) [Outside Link], The Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown ferry getting into place (April 12, 2005) [Outside Link], The Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown Ferry starts up (April 13, 2005) [Outside Link], Union County Advocate: Ferry will be used to bypass Shawneetown Bridge painting (April 13, 2005) [Outside Link], Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press: Farmers take ferry to get to fields (April 13, 2005) [Outside Link], Union County Advocate: Temporary Shawneetown Ferry Floating On a Rich Regional History (April 27, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bridge to be Painted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:52AM CST

The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be painted this year, but a color has to be chosen first: Cincinnati Enquirer: Is UK blue OK hue for Roebling? (March 26, 2005) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Pick a color, any color (March 26, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Ashland Ohio River Bridges to be Repainted
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:50AM CST

Work to repaint Ashland’s twin Ohio River bridges is expected to begin this summer. A project to repaint the 13th Street Bridge is expected to begin this summer, and work to repaint the 12th Street Bridge is expected to begin in 2007.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ohio River bridges to get facelift (March 21, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 8]
Part of KY 8 in Campbell County Closed for Repairs
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:49AM CST

Work to repair a section of KY 8 in Campbell County that has slowly been sliding into the Ohio River will close the road for at least a year: Kentucky Post: Landslide closes part of Ky. 8 (March 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Downtown Covington Neighborhood Seeks to Reduce Thru Traffic
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:49AM CST

Residents of Licking Riverside Historic Neighborhood in Covington are seeking traffic changes to reduce thru traffic through neighborhood streets. The neighborhood sits near the approach to the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: New traffic route urged (March 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
East End Bridge Path Marked With Balloons
Posted: 1-Apr-2005 3:47AM CST

The Louisville Courier-Journal gathered reactions to a study that involved the use of balloons to mark the proposed path and height of the approaches to the proposed Eastern Jefferson County Ohio River Bridge: Courier-Journal: Balloon experiment marks path of planned bridge (March 10, 2005) [Outside Link]

In related news, Clark County, Indiana recently hired a consultant to help plan for development once the new east end bridge is open: The New Albany (Ind.) Evening News: County prepares for impact of east end bridge (March 11, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Residents React to East End Bridge Balloons
Posted: 10-Mar-2005 5:33AM CST

Louisville’s WAVE 3 gathers area-resident’s reactions to the balloons marking the path of the proposed east end bridge: WAVE 3: Prospect Residents Get Bridge Preview (March 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Grant Bridge Opening Slides to Late 2006
Posted: 10-Mar-2005 5:32AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the new U.S. Grant Bridge over the Ohio River at Portsmouth, Ohio should be open to traffic in late-2006. The new cable-stayed bridge for US 23 was originally to be opened in 2004.

More information: Ashland Daily-Independent: ODOT: Grant bridge back on track (March 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge Delays Ahead
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:18PM CST

A project to repaint the Shawneetown Bridge will cause traffic delays beginning on Friday and continuing through next week: Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown Bridge delays coming (March 2, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Balloons to Mark East End Bridge Path
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:17PM CST

On March 8th and 9th, engineers designing the new East End Bridge over the Ohio River in Jefferson County will use balloons to mark the approximate location and height of the approach to the proposed approach to the bridge: Business First: Balloons will simulate East End bridge approach (Feb. 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

March 9, 2005 Update: More information: Jeffersonville (Ind.) Evening News: Engineers will use balloons to show bridge approach elevation (March 6, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Jeffersonville, Ind. Considers Options for Big Four Bridge
Posted: 2-Mar-2005 4:17PM CST

Now that the legal battle over the Big Four Bridge appears to be over, the city of Jeffersonville in Indiana has restarted a project to determine what to do with the Indiana side of the bridge. The city of Louisville plans to connect the abandoned railroad bridge to its Waterfront Park and turn the bridge into a pedestrian walkway across the Ohio River: Jeffersonville, Ind. Evening News: Jeff considers options for Big Four Bridge connection (Feb. 28, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 60]
Bypass Extension is Owensboro’s Top Priority
Posted: 24-Feb-2005 4:46AM CST

An east extension of the US 60 Bypass around Owensboro has been identified as Owensboro’s top transportation priority by the Owensboro-Daviess County Urban Area Transportation's technical advisory committee. Construction on the project to extend the bypass toward the Natcher Bridge is expected to begin in 2008 and be completed by 2011.

The committee also rejected the idea of widening Frederica Street (US 431) to six lanes.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Panel rules out six-laning Frederica (Feb. 23, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Study Finds 14 Lanes Needed on Brent Spence Bridge
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:55AM CST

A Transportation Cabinet Engineer reported to the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that a study of how to best upgrade or replace the Brent Spence Bridge has shown that the I-71/I-75 bridge over the Ohio River should carry seven lanes of traffic in each direction.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Proposal calls for 14-lane bridge (Feb. 8, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
K&I Bridge Targeted for Pedestrian Use
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:55AM CST

The mayors of Louisville and New Albany, Indiana are proposing that the K&I Bridge west of downtown Louisville become part of a 14-mile bicycle/pedestrian loop along the Ohio River in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The railroad bridge is owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern railroad. The bridge consists of two sets of railroad tracks—that carry up to thirty trains per day—down the center flanked by auto lanes on either side. The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic after an overweight truck broke through the metal grating of the roadway.

A spokesman for Norfolk Southern expressed concerns over the safety of such a plan.

More information: Louisville Courier-Journal: Letting cyclists on bridge backed (Feb. 8, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Planners Urge Look at I-471
Posted: 9-Feb-2005 1:54AM CST

Representatives of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments have been in Washington this week to lobby for money to study possible upgrades to I-471 in Northern Kentucky: (Covington) Kentucky Post: Planners: Upgrade I-471 (Feb. 7, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Land in Path of Louisville East End Bridge Develops
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:09AM CST

Land in the path of the proposed bridge east of downtown Louisville is being developed, partially because of Kentucky’s laws governing right-of-way acquisition. Under Kentucky law, if land is condemned for the purchase of a highway, the original owner may repurchase it at the sale price if the land isn’t used in eight years.

More information: Courier-Journal: Land develops in bridge's path as state waits (Jan. 23, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Couple's dream home going up in path of proposed bridge (Jan. 23, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Decision Expected on I-69 Henderson Route this Spring
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:03AM CST

The final environmental impact statement for the preferred route of I-69 east of Henderson is expected this summer. The United Stated Department of Transportation will likely issue a record of decision on the route 60 to 90 days after the report’s release. The proposed route would begin at I-164 in Indiana, cross the Ohio River east of US 41, and cross the Audubon Parkway before joining the Pennyrile Parkway south of Henderson: Henderson Gleaner: I-69 decision likely this summer (Jan. 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville and Jeffersonville May Cooperate on Big Four Project
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:02AM CST

The cities of Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana may co-operate on a project to convert the abandoned Big Four railroad bridge to a pedestrian walkway according to Jeffersonville Mayor Rob Waiz: Courier-Journal: Louisville, Jeff may join forces on Big Four funds (Jan. 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Fight for the Big Four Bridge May Finally be Over
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:49AM CST

A developer may finally give up his fight to stop the city of Louisville from condemning the abandoned Big Four railroad bridge over the Ohio River after the Kentucky Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court’s decision: Lousville Courier-Journal: Bridge walkway appears likely (Jan. 14, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: City's Fight For Bridge May Be Over (Jan. 14, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Structurally Sound
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:18PM CST

A recent report finds that the Brent Spence Bridge will remain structurally sound for at least the next 16 years so long as the bridge receives regular maintenance. This contradicts a 1999 study that found the bridge’s structural integrity would fail within 15 years.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Interstate 71/75 span ruled sound (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Engineers Examine How New Louisville Bridges Will Change Jeffersonville, Indiana Traffic Patterns
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:48AM CST

Consultants discuss how the new Louisville Downtown bridge will change access to I-65 and the US 31 Clark Memorial Bridge in Jeffersonville, Indiana: The (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: City faces new traffic pattern with new Ohio River Bridge (Dec. 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
October and Year-End Transportation Konnection Newsletters
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:20AM CST

The October 2004 and the 2004 Year-in-Review editions of the transportation cabinet’s newsletter have been posted to the KYTC Konnection page [Outside Link].

Among stories covered in the October 2004 edition are:

  • The SAFE program that aids broken down motorists.
  • Information about a KYTC employee’s trip to Russia to participate in an engineering exchange program.
  • Coverage of the installation of new “Move Over or Slow Down for Stopped Emergency Vehicle” signs.
  • Coverage of ceremonial beginning of the Kennedy Bridge repainting project.
  • A story about KYTC employees rescuing a cat from an Ohio River bridge.
  • Information about the opening of a reconstructed segment of US 421 in Harlan County.

Download: [Transportation Konnection – October 2004] (2.51 MB)

Among stories covered in the 2004 Year-in-Review edition are:

  • Information and photographs of work on I-66 in Pulaski County.

Download: [Transportation Konnection – 2004 Year-in-Review] (2.32 MB)

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[I-275]
Eastern Cincinnati Corridor Development Plan Could Ease Northern Kentucky Congestion
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:18AM CST

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation Study the development of a new travel corridor between downtown Cincinnati and its eastern suburbs could ease congestion in Northern Kentucky: Cincinnati Post: Eastern transit needs studied (Dec. 9, 2004) [Outside Link], The Eastern Corridor PE/EIS Project Web Site [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Officials Discuss Pedestrian Safety in Louisville
Posted: 11-Dec-2004 12:17AM CST

Just days after a study revealed Louisville to be a statistically dangerous place for pedestrians, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking led a workshop to discuss ways to improve pedestrian safety in Louisville. Bob Chauncey, the policy director for the organization, praised the recent addition of bike lanes in Seneca Park and urged the city to move forward with the Big Four Bridge project: Courier-Journal: Officials discuss ways to improve walking safety (Dec. 7, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Funding Secured for Big Four Bridge
Posted: 7-Dec-2004 1:03AM CST

U.S. Representative Ann Northup has secured $4.5 million in federal funds that will help pay to convert the abandoned Big Four Railroad Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville into a pedestrian walkway: Assocated Press: Funding Approved To Turn Old Ohio River Bridge Into Pedestrian Walkway (Dec. 6, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Details on Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact
Posted: 7-Dec-2004 1:03AM CST

The recently announced compact between Kentucky and Ohio specifies that Ohio will contribute 54.5 percent of the expected $18 million cost of a study to determine how to best replace the Brent Spence Bridge. Kentucky will contribute the remaining 45.5 percent.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Ohio and Kentucky Partner on Brent Spence Bridge Project (Dec. 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Kentucky-Ohio Bridge Compact to Aid Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Efforts, Timeline Extended to 2010
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:13PM CST

A new cooperative agreement between Kentucky and Ohio is expected to help the process to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Ky., Ohio have bridge compact (Dec. 1, 2004) [Outside Link], Covington Kentucky Post: Ohio to help bridge project (Dec. 1, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: States unveil bridge deal (Dec. 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

A timeline showing proposed dates for steps towards the replacement of the bridge has moved construction of the bridge to 2010. The original 2003 hope was to have a new bridge open to traffic by 2009: Cincinnati Post: Bridge timeline revised to 2010 (Dec. 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 69]
Hawesville Bridge Connector Route Proposed
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:10PM CST

A recent planning study by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recommends that a new route be constructed to the Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge in Hawesville: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Easier access to bridge is sought (Nov. 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Recent Planning Studies
Posted: 17-Nov-2004 2:10AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning has recently released the Final Report of the Pre-Design Scoping study for improvements to the Kentucky 69 approach to the Bob Cummings Bridge in Hawesville: more information [Outside Link]

Additionally, materials involving a study of a proposed route between US 68 and Tollesboro in Fleming, Mason, and Lewis County: more information [Outside Link]

Information regarding alternatives for a new connector route between Harlan and Hazard has also been posted: more information [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Design Team Picked for Louisville East End Bridge
Posted: 17-Nov-2004 2:09AM CST

The design team has been picked for the new Louisville East End Bridge over the Ohio River: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: East End Bridge Design Team Selected (Nov. 12, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridge designer selected (Nov. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Another Defeat for Company Blocking Sale of Big Four Bridge
Posted: 17-Nov-2004 2:06AM CST

The company trying to block the sale of the Big Four Bridge for use as a pedestrian walk way received another defeat when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal. The company has yet to win a single court case in its three years of trying to block the condemnation of the former railroad bridge: Courier-Journal: Ruling gives boost to plans for Big Four Bridge (Nov. 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Firm Picked to Design New Downtown Louisville Bridge
Posted: 31-Oct-2004 11:13PM CST

The engineering firm Michael Baker Jr. Inc. has been chosen to design the new downtown bridge that is part of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project. Designs for the bridge will eventually be presented at public meeting and displayed on www.kyinbridges.com [Outside Link]. Construction is tentatively expected to begin in 2007.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Press Release (Oct. 29, 2004) [Outside Link], The (Jeffersonville, IN) Evening News: Michael Baker Jr., Inc. firm to design downtown bridge (Oct. 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Louisville Courier-Journal: Pennsylvania company will design bridge (Oct. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Tolling New Louisville Bridges Become Campaign Issue in Indiana
Posted: 28-Oct-2004 1:57AM CDT

The idea of tolling the two new proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville came to the forefront in Indiana's 9th District congressional race; however, the possibility of tolling the bridges is not currently being considered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Courier-Journal: Toll idea captures campaign in Indiana (Oct. 26, 2004) [Outside Link], (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: Hill, Sodrel battle over bridge tolls (Oct. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Ceremonial Painting Marks Start of Kennedy Bridge Repainting Project
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT

The ceremonial painting of a beam at Louisville’s Waterfront Park marked the beginning of a multi-year project to repaint I-65’s bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge will be painted in a scheme consisting of three colors: green, beige and chestnut brown. The project is also being staged in such away to limit the impact on motorists. Usually, at most one lane in either direction will be closed; however, two lanes may be closed between the hours of 1am-5am throughout the duration of the project. The pain job is expected to last for 30 to 40 years.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Ceremonial Painting On Louisville's Kennedy Bridge Marks Beginning Of Project (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-64]
New Route in Indiana Provides new Route to I-64
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:53AM CDT

A new connector route in Indiana provides a new route from Hawesville to I-64 in southern Indiana. The new Indiana 237 connects the Bob Cummings Bridge over the Ohio River at Hawesville to Indiana 37 and I-64.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Connector to I-64 opens in Perry County (Oct. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge Rededicated
Posted: 15-Oct-2004 3:52AM CDT

In late September, the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridges was rededicated following a multiyear rehabilitation project. The bridge was originally dedicated Nov. 25, 1931. In addition to numerous local and state officials, two women who participated at the original dedication ceremony were on hand.

More information: The (Maysville, Ky.) Ledger Independent: Bridge Rededicated Following Upgrade (Sept. 24, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Holds Opening Ceremony for Simon-Kenton Bridge (Sept. 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Project Begins
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:50PM CDT

After years of delays and scandals, another project to repaint the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville has begun. The $8.7 million project has a deadline of July 31, 2006. The bridge was last painted in the 1970s.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge paint job starts (Oct. 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bridge Engineering Firms from across the US Compete to Design Louisville Bridges
Posted: 10-Oct-2004 11:47PM CDT

Five of the nation’s largest bridge designers will submit designs for the two new bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville. Area leaders want the bridges to be signature pieces that help define the Louisville metropolitan area. Designs for the new bridges are expected to be chosen this fall: Courier-Journal: Top firms compete to design 2 new bridges (Sept. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

Courier-Journal columnist Bob Hill asked his readers to send him essays describing designs for the bridge: Courier-Journal: Bridge design needs some local flavor (Sept. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Gets $721,000
Posted: 11-Sep-2004 7:12AM CDT

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $721,000 grant to Kentucky to help fund a study to determine how best to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Kentucky awarded grant for Brent Spence Bridge (Sept. 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge Lane to Narrow
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:01PM CDT

Traffic on the Shawneetown Bridge will be reduced to one, narrow lane during a project to repaint the bridge. The traffic constriction will be in place through November 15 when the project pauses for the winter and will return once the project resumes next spring. The project is expected to last until November 2005.

More information: Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown Bridge lane to narrow (Aug. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:01PM CDT

A member of the congressional committee debating the next federal transportation plan has suggested that area officials only ask only for the money they need for the next six years of planning to replace the Brent Spence Bridge and not the entire amount of money needed to replace the structure that carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River: Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence, 'an invitation to disaster,' may get funds (Aug. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

Officials conducting the study of how to best replace the bridge have determined that the five current preliminary options are all worthy of additional study: Kentucky Post: Bridge plans offer smoother traffic flow (Sept. 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting Underway
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:59PM CDT

Work was to begin in late August to repaint the Kennedy Bridge. The project is expected to last until August 2006.

More information: Business First of Louisville: Long-awaited painting of Kennedy Bridge begins (August 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge Readied for Painting Project (August 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 25]
Rehabilitation Work Underway on Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 8:56PM CDT

Work is underway to replace joints and replace the deck of the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington. The bridge, which shares piers with the neighboring C&O railroad bridge, opened in 1974 and carries US 25, US 127, and US 42 into Cincinnati.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Quick rehab gives Clay Wade new life (August 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 56]
Shawneetown Bridge to be Repainted
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:35AM CDT

A project to repaint the Shawneetown Bridge will result in lane closures lasting through most of next year: The Henderson Gleaner: Shawneetown Bridge to be painted, causing long-term lane closures (Aug. 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Indiana to Split Costs of Painting Kennedy Bridge
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

Under the terms of a little publicized agreement signed shortly before the bridge’s 1963 opening, Indiana is entitled to pay for half the costs of repainting the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River. Indiana has reimbursed $4 million for costs incurred so far: Courier-Journal: Indiana to split cost of painting I-65 span (July 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
States Seek Design for new Louisville Bridges
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT

Kentucky and Indiana have begun soliciting bids for design work related to the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville: Business First of Louisville: States seek design for Ohio River Bridges (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridge designs sought (July 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

The State of Indiana has already awarded contracts for the design and engineering of the Indiana bridge approaches: Business First of Louisville: Indiana names contractors for its portion of bridges project (July 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[New Route]
Construction Begins on New Speedway Connector Route
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT

Construction has begun a new route connecting the new exit 55 interchange on I-71 to the Markland Dam Bridge over the Ohio River has begun. The $17 million five mile project is expected to be complete in Spring 2006: Cincinnati Enquirer: Speedway road work to begin (July 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:33AM CDT
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
News Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:32AM CDT
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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:17AM CDT

U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio) will escort U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Emil Frankel and local officials on a tour of the Brent Spence Bridge this Monday: Cincinnati Post: Voinovich aids bridge project (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: Voinovich, U.S. official to tour Brent Spence (July 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

David Jones, the new chief highway engineer at the Department of Highways District 6 office, says the Brent Spence Bridge project will not be ignored: Cincinnati Enquirer: New leader says Brent Spence won't be ignored (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Louisville Wins another Round in Fight to Obtain Rights to the Big Four Bridge
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that Louisville may condemn the Big Four Bridge and incorporate it into plans for a waterfront park. The railroad bridge was abandoned in 1969 after the merger of the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads and has sat unused since. The city would like to turn the bridge into a pedestrian walkway over the Ohio River. Despite losing yet another round in the legal battle for the bridge, a lawyer representing the current owners of the bridge plan to continue fighting.

More information: Courier-Journal: City wins another ruling in bridge battle (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Appeals Court gives city another win in effort to acquire bridge (July 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Three Western Kentucky Bridges to Receive Solar Powered Navigation Lights
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:16AM CDT

The US 51/US 60/US 62 bridge at Wickliffe, the US 45 bridge at Paducah, and the KY 56 bridge in Union County will all received new solar powered river navigation lights: USATODAY.com: Kentucky (July 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bridge Targeted By Vandals
Posted: 12-Jul-2004 12:12AM CDT

The Roebling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington has recently been targeted by vandals. One of the stone supports under the Covington approach has been covered in graffiti in recent weeks: Kentucky Post: Vandals Deface Historic Bridge (July 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Louisville-Area Transportation Plan Updated
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:12AM CDT

Some alterations have been made to the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s Transportation Improvement Plans. The changes reflect changes relating to the funding of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project: The (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: Transportation plan is updated for Bridges project (June 28, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Henderson Area Projects: I-69 Final Environmental Impact Statement Should be Complete Late This Year, US 60 Widening Likely to Be Delayed
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 9:44PM CDT

While several Henderson County road projects are facing delays, transportation officials report that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Evansville-Henderson section of I-69 should be complete late this year.

Start of the US 60 widening project in southeast Henderson will likely be delayed until 2006 due to slow right-of-way acquisition.

Several miles of the Pennyrile Parkway are due to be repaved once money becomes available, and the twin US 41 bridges over the Ohio River are scheduled to be repainted in 2005 and 2006.

More information: The Henderson Gleaner: U.S. 60-West widening could be pushed back (June 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
“Big Mac” Bridge Painting Causes Delays
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:33AM CDT

The Daniel Carter Beard Bridge on I-471 (known by locals as the “Big Mac” bridge) is receiving a fresh coat of paint, and the work is delaying traffic: Kentucky Post: Bridge painting causes delays (June 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Contracts Awarded for Design of Part of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project; Bids Solicited for Bridge Design Contracts
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:32AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded two contracts for design engineering on two segments of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project. Qk4, Inc. has been awarded a project to redesign the Spaghetti Junction interchange in downtown, and H.W. Lochner, Inc. has been awarded a project to design the extension of the Gene Snyder Freeway from I-71 to the new Ohio River bridge: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Two Kentucky Companies Named As Engineering and Design Consultants for Ohio River Bridges Project (June 17, 2004) [Outside Link], Business First: Consultants picked for Ohio River Bridges Project (June 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

Additionally, Kentucky and Indiana are soliciting for bids for a contract to design the bridges: Courier-Journal: State to seek bids on designs for new bridges (June 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Study to Begin Soon
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:31AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will soon seek bids for a preliminary environmental study concerning the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: State to seek bridge study (June 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

In other news, due to lack of funding, the Brent Spence Bridge replacement project was not included in the Cincinnati-area long range transportation plan: Cincinnati Enquirer: Long-range transit plan passes, minus 2 biggies (June 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Contract Awarded to Paint the Kennedy Bridge
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:29AM CDT

That state has awarded a contract to paint the Kennedy Bridge. The winning contract was awarded to Atlantic Painting Co. of Oak Lawn, Ill. That company submitted the low bid at $17,777,777. Work is planned to begin by August, and the deadline for project completion is July 31, 2006. This project will be the largest project ever undertaken by Atlantic Painting.

Painting of the bridge was suspended in 2001 after contractors disclosed a state bridge inspector had been asking for bribes.

More information: Courier-Journal: Contract to be awarded to paint Kennedy Bridge (June 5, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: State Ready to Try to Paint Bridge Again, Two Years After Scandal (June 5, 2004) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: State ready to try to paint bridge again (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Bridge of Scandal to Get Paint at Last (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Painting Contract Awarded for Louisville's Kennedy Bridge (June 17, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Kentucky awards $17.8 million contract to repaint Ohio River bridge (June 17, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge painting due soon (June 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Update
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:01AM CDT

Martin T. Whitmer Jr., deputy chief of staff to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, has acknowledged the need for a replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge; however, he reiterated President Bush’s commitment to holding the line on transportation spending: Cincinnati Enquirer: Need for new I-75 span acknowledged (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: Feds Backing Bridge Project (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Activist Group Denounces Louisville East End Bridge and I-66
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 8:00AM CDT
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A report by a tax watchdog group and environmental activist group denounces plans to construct a new Ohio River bridge in eastern Jefferson County and plans to construct Interstate 66 across Kentucky: Courier-Journal: East End bridge draws fire (June 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Debates Delay Painting of Roebling Bridge
Posted: 23-Jun-2004 7:57AM CDT

The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky was last painted in 1980. Today the paint is chipping and the bridge is rusting; however, it is unlikely the bridge will be painted anytime soon. At one point, the bridge was planned to be repainted in 1998; however, Kentucky delayed the project because of construction on Fort Washington Way in Cincinnati. Now a debate over the color to paint the bridge and a tight budget has kept the $6 million project from being listed in the Six-Year Road Plan.

More information: Kentucky Post: The forgotten bridge (June 1, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge Rusts Amid Debate Over Color (June 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Funding Engrossed in Budget Battle
Posted: 1-Jun-2004 6:51AM CDT

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville) says that funding for a study on how to replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge is caught up in in-fighting over the federal transportation spending bill. The bill is currently in conference where conflicts between the House and Senate versions are resolved. In addition to resolving the differences between the bills, congress must also attempt to find a bill that pleases the president who has said he will veto any bill costing more than $256 billion.

Additionally, the governors of Kentucky and Ohio recently met. Both pledged support for the bridge replacement.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Governors promote region (May 27, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Leaders pledge to work together (May 27, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge funding gets tangled (May 28, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Senator says funding for northern Kentucky bridge uncertain (May 28, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: 'Family fight' hurting Brent Spence effort (May 28, 2004) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Covington bridge project slowed by rift over budget (May 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Dave Honan Contributes Ohio River Bridge and US 119 Pike County Photographs
Posted: 25-May-2004 6:00AM CDT

Dave Honan [Outside Link] has contributed photographs of several bridges over the Ohio River:

Additionally, he has provided several photographs of a section of the US 119 relocation project in Pike County.

You can find more of his bridge and railroad photography on Dave’s website [Outside Link].

Thanks for the contribution Dave!

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[I-71] [I-75]
Supporters of Brent Spence Bridge Replacement See Hope in D.C.
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:39PM CDT

Supporters of replacing the Brent Spence Bridge find comfort in the fact that senators from Kentucky and Ohio were appointed to a commission to resolve differences between the house and senate versions of a federal highway bill: Kentucky Post: Bridge on D.C. inside track (May 22, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Senators named highway conferees (May 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Tight Budget Holds up Repainting of Roebling Suspension Bridge
Posted: 24-May-2004 5:38PM CDT

Area leaders are concerned about the state of the John A. Roebling Bridge over the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati. While the L&N Bridge and I-471 bridge have recently been repainted, the suspension bridge still suffers from exterior rusting. State transportation officials say the exterior rust poses no danger to the integrity of the bridge and that the over $6 million price tag is delaying the repainting effort.

More information: Kentucky Post: $6 million paint job for bridge Tight finances hold up Suspension Bridge work (May 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Suspension Bridge needs paint (May 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: $6 million paint job for bridge (May 18, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Changes ahead for Roebling Suspension Bridge (May 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
News Notes
Posted: 18-May-2004 3:38AM CDT

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky leaders continue to lobby for the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge: Kentucky Post: Bridge replacement touted as national priority (April 22, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Plea made for new I-75 bridge (April 23, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan calls for $15M (April 29, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Voinovich wants $15M for bridge (April 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

No state budget was passed, so there is no state road plan: Franklin Favorite: Area legislators predict state will have a budget (April 22, 2004) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: No budget means no road plan (April 25, 2004) [Outside Link]

Jim Reis recognizes the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for its work in securing money to replace the Shortway Bridge: Kentucky Post: A century of boosting business (April 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

Meetings on I-71 widening in Jefferson County bring a variety of opinions: Courier-Journal: Meetings on I-71 plans draw strong opinions (April 28, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Governor has signed a bill to expand the authority of the Buffalo Trace covered bridge authority: Maysville Ledger Independent: Denham sponsored bills signed by governor (April 28, 2004) [Outside Link] Public meetings must now be held before the state does any work to the area’s covered bridges.

A project to widen US 231 in Indiana from the Natcher Bridge to I-64 has begun: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Project to 4-lane U.S. 231 begins (April 29, 2004) [Outside Link] The first five mile segment should be complete in 2 years.

P rospect residents are worried about an intersection on US 42: Oldham Era: Prospect residents seek help with U.S. 42 intersection (April 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Transportation Cabinet held a public meeting to discuss a new I-65 connector in northern Warren County: Bowling Green Daily News: Road options for transpark shown (April 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Transportation Cabinet was recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for its work in protecting the Eggbert’s Sunflower: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Protects Endangered Eggert's Sunflower (May 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

Repairs were made to I-65 near mile marker 30 to correct a drainage problem: Bowling Green Daily News: Dangerous I-65 spot seeing changes (May 6, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Speedy repairs on interstate are appreciated (May 8, 2004) [Outside Link]

The new US 23 over the Ohio River at South Shore is running “woefully behind:” Ashland Daily Independent: ODOT - Bridge project 'woefully behind' (May 13, 2004) [Outside Link] The new U.S. Grant Bridge is scheduled to open in 2005.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Quickies: Honoring Native Musicians, Warren County Area Projects, Environmentalists Against Expedited Projects
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:05AM CDT

As part of a continuing project to recognize the birthplaces of Kentucky’s musicians signs have recently been erected honoring Ray Goins [Outside Link] and Curley Ray Cline [Outside Link]. (Update (Apr. 24): WKYT: Bluegrass Fiddler Honored (Apr. 23, 2004) [Outside Link])

A ceremony has held recently to dedicate the Helen Brown Bridge [Outside Link]. Helen Brown was influential in having the Pikeville area bridge built.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports on road projects planned for Warren and surrounding counties: Bowling Green Daily News: Transportation budget on track (April 5, 2004) [Outside Link]

Environmental groups oppose the Louisville Bridges Project, I-66, and other expedited projects: Courier-Journal: Environmental groups critical of bridges project (Apr. 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reminds motorists to brake for construction workers [Outside Link].

Kentucky’s State Highway Engineer, James M. “Mac” Yowell, has been inducted to the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Hall of Distinction.

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[US 62] [US 68]
Simon Kenton Bridge Closed for Second Year of Repairs
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:04AM CDT

On April 1, the Simon Kenton suspension bridge over the Ohio River at Maysville closed to traffic. This is part of the second year of a two-year project to refurbish the bridge. The bridge will reopen later this year. Travelers should use the new William H. Harsha Bridge a few miles downstream from the Kenton Bridge.

Original construction of the bridge took only one year. It opened to traffic in 1931.

More information: Maysville Ledger Independent: Second and Final Season of Bridge Repair is Here (Apr. 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge to Finally be Painted
Posted: 21-Apr-2004 5:04AM CDT

If all goes as planned, by the end of 2005 I-65’s Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River will be completely repainted for the first time since 1977. Originally the bridge was to be repainted in 1993; however, inspectors found cracks that needed to be repaired before continuing. In 1999, workers began repainting the bridge. The job ended two years later when contractors walked off the job claiming that state inspectors had solicited bribes. One inspector pleaded guilty to federal charges and is serving a six-year jail term.

More information: Courier-Journal: Eyesore bridge up for a paint job (Apr. 1, 2004) [Outside Link]

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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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[US 27]
“Purple People Bridge” to be Beautified
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:16AM CST

The L&N Bridge over the Ohio River will receive beautification improvements on the Ohio side to match the improvements on the Kentucky side. The bridge—which carried both vehicle and rail traffic when it opened in 1872—was closed to traffic in 2001. Trains last used the bridge in 1984. Today, the bridge has been painted purple and is open to pedestrian traffic; due to this it is now locally known as the “Purple People Bridge.”

More information: Cincinnati Post: Bridge beautification funded (March 25, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Green River ADD Plans Detailed Traffic Study for Downtown Owensboro
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:16AM CST

The Green River Area Development District is planning a detailed study of traffic in downtown Owensboro. Traffic patterns in Owensboro have changed after the opening of the William H. Natcher Bridge to the east of the city.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: GRADD to study downtown traffic (March 23, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Bridge Projects: Louisville vs. Cincinnati
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:15AM CST

The Cincinnati Enquirer compares progress towards building two new bridges at Louisville to the project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge plan lags Louisville's (March 20, 2004) [Outside Link]

The Louisville plan has already cleared environmental approval—a major hurdle—and will be constructed before work starts in Northern Kentucky.

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville Bridges Public Meetings
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:15AM CST

Public meetings were held recently to discuss funding for bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville; however, attendance was sparse and little information is available about what was discussed: (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Evening News: Public hearings to evaluate bridge funding (March 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Daniel Carter Beard Bridge to be Repainted this Summer
Posted: 29-Mar-2004 12:14AM CST

One of the most highly visible road projects in Northern Kentucky this summer will be the repainting of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge over the Ohio River on I-471. The under structure of the bridge was repainted last summer; this summer the bridge's arches will be repainted.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Fewer road projects, but they'll be highly visible (March 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

April 20 Update: Kentucky Post: Big Mac bridge painting begins (April 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge to Close for Work
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:43AM CST

The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River at Maysville will close this summer for repair work. The bridge was closed last summer as part of the same repair project, but has been open over the past winter. The bridge will close April 1 and is planned to reopen August 31.

More information: Maysville Ledger Independent: Bridge to close once again to complete repair work (March 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
I-69 Public Meetings in Henderson, Evansville
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:42AM CST

Transportation officials from Kentucky and Indiana held two public meetings this week to discuss the construction of I-69 between I-164 in Indiana and the Pennyrile Parkway in Henderson County. The preferred route will include twelve miles of new highway and a new Ohio River bridge.

More information: Henderson Gleaner: I-69 public hearings this week (March 14, 2004) [Outside Link], Henderson Gleaner: I-69 hearing set for tonight (March 16, 2004) [Outside Link], Evansville Courier & Press: I-69 answers on tap (March 16, 2004) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Henderson residents air I-69 concerns (March 17, 2004) [Outside Link], Henderson Gleaner: Some fear flooding from I-69 (March 17, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Possible Alternatives Eliminated from Brent Spence Bridge Study
Posted: 18-Mar-2004 8:41AM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has eliminated a couple of alternatives from the Brent Spence Bridge replacement study. A plan to build a bridge for I-75 far to the west of downtown near the Anderson Ferry will not be studied, and a plan to build a bridge to the west of the current bridge along with a large new interchange west of downtown Cincinnati will not be studied. The latter was one of the six alternatives presented in January.

The changes were announced during a meeting of local transportation officials on Wednesday. At the same meeting, engineers presented data on why a tunnel was not a feasible alternative.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Two bridge options dropped (March 11, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: New bridge options trimmed to 5 (March 11, 2004) [Outside Link], (Northern) Kentucky Post: Brent Spence options narrowed to five (March 11, 2004) [Outside Link], (Northern) Kentucky Post Corrections: Truck ban cost (March 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Backers Find Promise in Two-Year Extension to Federal Highway Plan; Ban on Trucks Considered
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:06AM CST

Backers for a proposed project to replace the Brent Spence Bridge see promise in a proposed two-year extension of the federal six-year highway plan. In order to avoid long deliberations over a new six-year plan, the Congress may opt to extend the current six-year plan for two years. Lobbyists for the Brent Spence Bridge project would use the extra two years to build support for including funding for the bridge replacement in the next plan.

Additionally, a ban on trucks crossing the bridge has been considered; however, such a ban would not serve as a permanent solution as it would only cause further congestion on other bridges and highways in the area.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bill delay may aid Brent Spence (March 5, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Truck ban seen as no panacea (March 10, 2004) [Outside Link], (Northern) Kentucky Post: Bridge study: Don't ban trucks (March 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Proposed Henderson County Subdivision Lies in the Path of I-69
Posted: 29-Feb-2004 9:42AM CST

A Henderson County landowner has asked the Henderson City-County Planning Commission to consider plans for a major subdivision on his land. The land in question, between Wathen Lane and the Ohio River, lies in the path of recently recommended route of I-69. The Evansville Urban Transportation Study has asked to the commission to require that future home buyers be informed of the proposed route of I-69 if plans for the subdivision are ultimately approved.

More information: Henderson Gleaner: Homes would straddle I-69 path (Feb. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

Update (March 10, 2004): The planning-zoning commission tabled discussion of the proposed subdivision: The Henderson Gleaner: Panel splits on coal road (March 3, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Possible Funding Source for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Found
Posted: 26-Feb-2004 11:49PM CST

Officials with Greater Cincinnati’s main transportation planning committee say they may have found a possible source for funding to pay for rehabilitating or replacing the Brent Spence Bridge. The house version of a six-year transportation spending bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress includes a $20.2 billion fund for “projects of regional or national importance.” The group hopes that the Brent Spence Bridge would be considered one of these projects. The bridge was recently identified as one of the top twenty four highway bottlenecks nationwide, and forms a vital link on I-75—the nation’s second busiest north-south interstate.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Possible funding found for Brent Spence Bridge (Feb. 25, 2004) [Outside Link], (Northern) Kentucky Post: Fund could finance bridge (Feb. 25, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
“I didn’t say that all.” Bunning Denies Saying Louisville Bridge Project Should be Delayed
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:36AM CST

According to an Associated Press story, U.S. Senator Jim Bunning told a Louisville civic group that one of Louisville’s new interstate bridges over the Ohio River will need to be delayed. The Associated Press reports that Sen. Bunning later told a WHAS-TV reporter, “I think it's very important that you get a bridge ... and make sure you decide where you are going to put the first one. And then, you are going to have to wait a year or two or three because we have to divert some money up into northern Kentucky to get that because ours is falling down.”

This shocked Louisville leaders. The two bridges have already been approved by the Federal Highway Administration as a single project, and the proposed state budget has allocated $118 million to continue design work for the bridges. Bunning said that the Louisville will get one bridge and then money will be used to replace the Brent Spence Bridge carrying I-71/I-75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. Bunning is from Northern Kentucky.

On Saturday, Bunning told a report from Louisville’s Courier-Journal that he never said the second bridge would be delayed and refused to give further comment.

Steve Higdon, president of Greater Louisville Inc, said that he believes Bunning was unaware that the two bridges had been approved as a single project and that as soon Bunning was made aware of this fact it would “put the entire issue to rest.”

More information: Associated Press: Bunning denies saying bridge project should be delayed for N. Kentucky bridge (Feb. 22, 2004) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bunning talk on bridges a shocker (Feb. 22, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
U.S. Congress Nears Passage of Transportation Bill
Posted: 21-Feb-2004 9:41PM CST

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Friday that he believes the U.S. Congress will pass a six-year transportation bill within the next few weeks; however, he has no idea if funding will be included for a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge. He says that Kentucky’s junior senator, Jim Bunning, has taken the lead on securing funding for the bridge replacement project.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: McConnell: Transit bill near (Feb. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
No Projects Cut from Six Year Road Plan, but Some Are Delayed
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:35AM CST
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [38 topics related to this item]

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bailey told state legislators on Wednesday that no projects were cut from this year's version of the Six Year Highway plan; however, some projects have delayed due to the states budget problems.

The list of projects is too long to list here; however, some notable projects are listed below.

  • $118 million for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridges Project. Some of this money will be raised by selling bonds that would be repaid when promised federal funding is allocated for the project.
  • $78 million for reconstruction of the Owensboro bypass to the east of its current alignment. This is meant to improve access to the William H. Natcher Bridge.
  • Widening of I-64 from Louisville to Shelbyville.
  • Widening of I-65 from the Tennessee State Line to Bowling Green.
  • Widening of I-75 in Scott and Grant counties.
  • Southern extensions of both the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and the William H. Natcher Parwkay.

A notable absence from the list is funding for replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River; however, the project remains on the unscheduled needs list and officials claim that it is still a priority. Construction on the project is still over a decade away.

This year the transportation cabinet has split the list into projects that will receive federal funding and projects that will not receive federal funding. Projects that will be funded only by the state are expected to be delayed and will be prioritized by need.

Update (Feb. 29, 2004): More information about projects in particular areas can be found here.

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[I-69]
More on I-69 Henderson Route
Posted: 20-Feb-2004 7:33AM CST

The Henderson Gleaner interviews some residents along the proposed path of I-69 east of Henderson in this article: Henderson Gleaner: 'Heart and soul' (Feb. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
One Option for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Would Open Land in Downtown Cincinnati for Development
Posted: 13-Feb-2004 9:41AM CST

One of the six options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge would free land in downtown Cincinnati that is currently covered by the I-75/I-71 interchange for development. This land would be situated adjacent to the city.s new sporting venues.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Bridge option could free land for downtown projects (Feb. 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Preferred Alternative Identified for I-69 Corridor Linking Henderson and Evansville
Posted: 11-Feb-2004 4:18PM CST

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Preferred Alternative Identified for I-69 Corridor Linking Henderson and Evansville (Feb. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]:

EVANSVILLE-- Maxwell Clay Bailey, Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and J. Bryan Nicol, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), jointly announced today that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the I-69 extension between Henderson, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration. “This I-69 corridor will provide an important connection between Kentucky and Indiana,” said Secretary Bailey. “This vital transportation link will mean improved mobility, safer travel and expanded economic opportunities for our states and for the nation.”
The study consists of evaluating the potential of constructing a new interstate highway between the cities of Henderson and Evansville, as well as the potential for a new Ohio River Bridge between the two cities. Although four alternatives were evaluated in detail, the DEIS identifies one of two eastern alternatives, Alternative 2, as the preferred alternative. Alternative 2 will utilize more than 18 miles of existing I-164 before entering new alignment just east of the Green River Road interchange in Evansville. The Alternative will then travel south on new alignment across a new Ohio River bridge crossing where it will connect to the Breathitt Parkway in Henderson, KY. The total length of Alternative 2 is approximately 30.2 miles and is estimated to cost approximately $652 million to construct.
Two alternatives (Alternatives 1 and 1A) west of Evansville were evaluated but are not considered preferred alternatives because of several factors, including impacts to numerous historic properties and construction cost. The construction cost of each of the western alternatives is approximately $1 billion. A second eastern alternative was also evaluated. Although this alternative, Alternative 3, utilizes approximately 17.2 miles of existing I-164, it travels just east of Angel Mounds State Historic Site, a National Landmark. Alternative 3 would travel south on I-164 and begin new alignment near the I-164/SR 662 interchange. Alternative 3 was not identified as a preferred alternative because of several factors, including impacts to the National Landmark and a high number of residential relocations at I-164/SR662.
Commissioner Nicol said, “This project reinforces the basic purpose and need of constructing and extending a new Interstate 69 that will eventually link us with Canada and Mexico-two of our largest trading partners.”
“The partnership on this project between Indiana and Kentucky has been phenomenal,” added Secretary Bailey. “INDOT, KYTC, the Evansville Urban Transportation Study (EUTS) and the Divisions of the Federal Highway Administration from both Indiana and Kentucky all agree that Alternative 2 is the preferred Alternative based on the initial investigations.” Public hearings to take comments on the DEIS will be at the Henderson High School gymnasium on March 16 and at Reitz High School in Evansville on March 17. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with formal presentations beginning at 6 p.m. for both hearings. Public comments will be accepted until Monday, April 19, 2004.
Comments can be sent to Mr. Tim Miller, HNTB Corporation, 111 Monument Circle, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, or by visiting the project Web site www.i69in-ky.com [Outside Link]. Comments on the draft report will be considered before a Final Environmental Impact Statement is published within a year.
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More information: The (Henderson) Gleaner: 'Major announcement' on I-69 today (Feb. 11, 2004) [Outside Link], Indianapolis Star: Path chosen for I-69 leg skirting Evansville (Feb. 11, 2004) [Outside Link]

Update (Feb. 13, 2004): Business First of Louisville: Kentucky, Indiana announce initial approval for I-69 project (Feb. 11, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Legal Notice of Public Meeting (Feb. 11, 2004) [Outside Link], Evansville Courier & Press: Henderson residents on I-69 route not happy, but resigned (Feb. 12, 2004) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Interstate 69 eastern route is endorsed (Feb. 12, 2004) [Outside Link]

Two meeting have been scheduled to discuss the preferred alignment: March 16, 2004 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Henderson County High School Gym and March 17, 2004 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Reitz High School Cafeteria

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[The Ohio River]
Concerns Raised Over Funding for Louisville Bridges Project
Posted: 10-Feb-2004 11:14AM CST

Transportation Cabinet Secretary Maxwell Clay Bailey has pledged his support for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project; however, he has declined to answer question about how much funding will be included for the project in the next Six-Year Highway Plan. The plan is expected to be released later this week. Bailey’s refusal to answer has raised concern among some bridge supporters that the state will not fully fund its required share of the bridge construction costs.

More information: Courier-Journal: State official pledges support for bridges (Feb. 10, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Taylor-Southgate Bridge Closed After Barge Impact
Posted: 10-Feb-2004 4:50AM CST

The Taylor-Southgate Bridge over the Ohio River at Covington was closed this morning after barge hit one of the bridge’s piers. There was no obvious damage to the barge nor to the bridge; however, the bridge must remain closed until inspectors can survey the bridge. There is no word on how long this process will take.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Taylor-Southgate Bridge closed (Feb. 9, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Why There Won't Be A Big Dig in Cincinnati
Posted: 8-Feb-2004 11:28PM CST

Columnist Dave Hofmeister of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at why a tunnel is not among the options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge (too expensive) and why rerouting I-71 onto I-471 wouldn't serve as a long term solution (it's already overcrowded): Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Enquirer (Feb. 7, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Inadequacies Blamed in Fatal Accident
Posted: 7-Feb-2004 8:57AM CST

Police say the Brent Spence Bridge's lack of breakdown lanes contributed to the death of a motorist.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge's faults help take a life (Feb. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Brent Spence Bridge Replacement May Require Electric Substation to Move
Posted: 3-Feb-2004 1:50AM CST

Among the many things that will be impacted by the final design for a Brent Spence Bridge replacement is a Cinergy electric substation just west of the current bridge on the Cincinnati side. It would cost $300 million to move the substation.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Bridge routes have $300M question mark (Feb. 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Preliminary Alternatives for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement Announced
Posted: 30-Jan-2004 10:05PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a set of six preliminary corridors to examine during the study on how to best replace or rehabilitate the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. All options include the construction of at least one new bridge and many would separate I-71 traffic from I-75 traffic.

The Kentucky Post has maps of each of the six corridors under review: Option 1 [Outside Link], Option 2 [Outside Link], Option 3 [Outside Link], Option 4 [Outside Link], Option 5 [Outside Link], Option 6 [Outside Link]

Completion of the bridge project and other Northern Kentucky projects could be delayed due to state budge problems. Federal aid is key to completing the bridge project.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Plans show options for Brent Spence (Jan. 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence Bridge replacement (Jan. 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Brent Spence replacement may force firms to close (Jan. 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Post: Bridge project options studied (Jan. 30, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: Area road work hinges on feds (Jan. 30, 2004) [Outside Link]

Jan. 31 update: More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Bridge backers race clock (Jan. 31, 2004) [Outside Link], Cincinnati Enquirer: Borgman cartoon [Outside Link] - Political cartoonist proposes his own options for replacing the Brent Spence Bridge

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[I-71] [I-75]
Federal Funding Announced for Northern Kentucky Road Projects
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:19PM CST

The 2004 federal omnibus spending bill which was approved by the senate last week includes $2 million to continue funding for a study on how to replace the aging I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge across the Ohio River and $1.5 million for a connector route between the AA Highway and I-275.

President Bush must still sign the bill.

More information: Cincinnati Post: Feds OK $2M for Brent Spence (Jan. 27, 2004) [Outside Link], Kentucky Post: $2M targeted to Brent Spence work (Jan. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Study Shows Traffic Would Be Light on I-69 Evansville Western By-pass Alternative
Posted: 23-Jan-2004 9:10AM CST

A study by the Evansville Urban Transportation Survey found that an interstate around the western edge of Evansville would cost $500 million and only carry 7,000 vehicles per day. It is assumed that a route the final preferred route between I-69 and the Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway will follow I-164 in Indiana before crossing into Henderson County east of the city of Henderson.

More information: Evansville Courier & Press: West Side interstate gets some bad news (Oct. 23, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 17]
Roebling Bridge Traffic Restricted to One-Way Through March
Posted: 20-Jan-2004 7:41AM CST

Due to construction along Cincinnati.s river front, the Roebling Suspension Bridge will be open only to south bound traffic through March. A detour for north bound travelers is marked.

More information: City of Covington: Roebling Suspension Bridge to be Temporarily Converted to One-Way Traffic [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Louisville Metro Councilman Proposes Southwest Jefferson Bridge
Posted: 18-Jan-2004 7:03PM CST

In addition to the two proposed new bridges in eastern Jefferson County, Louisville Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins is pushing for the construction of a bridge over the Ohio River in the western part of the county. The bridge would be two-lanes and would connect the Gene Snyder Freeway with either Cane Run Road or Indiana 111.

The environment impact study for the two proposed interstate bridges included a southwest bridge option; however, it concluded that traffic usage would not be high. A southwestern bridge would likely carry 14,000 cars per day compared to 68,000 for the easternmost proposed interstate bridge.

More information: Courier-Journal: Southwest Jefferson bridge proposed (Jan. 17, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Ironton-Russell Brudge]
Ironton-Russell Bridge May Be Closed Due to Cold Weather
Posted: 18-Jan-2004 7:02PM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has once again this year announced that if temperatures drop below -5 degrees Fahrenheit, the Ironton-Russell Bridge will be closed until warmer weather returns.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Ironton Russell Bridge may close (Jan. 16, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Greater Cincinnati Promotes Need for New Bridge
Posted: 16-Jan-2004 8:13AM CST

Cincinnati area leaders are attempting to promote the benefits of building a new bridge across the Ohio River to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge. A replacement is expected to cost $750 million; however, local leaders feel the benefits of such a bridge would far out way the costs.

More information: Kentucky Post: Worth $750 million? (Jan. 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[KY 69]
State Considers Changes to Hawesville Bridge Approach
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:49AM CST

Transportation officials held a meeting in December to consider changing the approach to the Bob Cummings-Lincoln Trail Bridge in Hawesville. Any changes are not scheduled for construction in the current Six Year Plan; however, locals hope a lobbying campaign will move the project higher up the state.s list of priorities.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: State mulls changes in Hawesville bridge approach (Dec. 12, 2003) [Outside Link], KYTC Division of Planning: KY-69 approach to Cannelton Bridge [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Road proposal draws residents' concerns (Dec. 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Traffic Lower Than Expected
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:48AM CST

The four-lane Natcher Bridge currently serves only 4,500 vehicles per day while the two-lane Grover Carey Bridge in Owensboro serves 10,000 vehicles per day and the two-lane Bob Cummings-Lincoln Trail Bridge at Hawesville serves 8,900 vehicles per day; however, transportation officials expect traffic on the bridge to increase once an extension of the Owensboro bypass is completed and US 231 is widened to four lanes in Indiana.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Traffic count expected to rise (Dec. 7, 2003) [Outside Link], Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: U.S. 231 widening moving forward (Dec. 14, 2003) [Outside Link]

Jan. 15, 2004 Update: Courier-Journal: New bridge has less traffic than projected (Jan. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

Jan. 20, 2004 Update: The (Henderson) Gleaner: Study: Natcher Bridge traffic light (Jan. 13, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kennedy Bridge Painting May Resume
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:48AM CST

Work to repaint the I-65 Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River may soon resume. The transportation cabinet plans to let bids for the project this month.

Work to repaint the bridge was stopped in October of 2001 after it was revealed that a transportation cabinet bridge inspector was soliciting bribes from contractors who were paining the bridge.

More information: Courier-Journal: Kennedy Bridge work may resume (Dec. 6, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Bridge-painting, stopped after bribery scandal, may get jump-start (Dec. 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Kentucky, Indiana Form Plan to Encourage Minority Involvement in Ohio River Bridges Project
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:47AM CST

Transportation officials from Kentucky and Indiana have adopted a plan to encourage minority-owned business involvement in the construction of two new interstate bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville.

More information: Business First: Kentucky, Indiana form plan to help businesses participate in bridges project (Dec.5, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Louisville - Jefferson County]
Federal Money Earmarked to Study Big Four Bridge
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:46AM CST

U.S. Representative Ann Northup secured $750,000 in federal funding for a Corps of Engineers study on converting the abandoned Big Four railroad bridge in downtown Louisville to a pedestrian walkway connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, Indiana.

More information: Associated Press: More federal money earmarked for Ohio River bridge study (Dec. 1, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Big Four study gains $750,000 (Dec. 1, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Bridge remains a monument to dead workers (Dec. 23, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
"Coalition for a New Bridge" Formed to Lobby for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 6:09PM CST

A coalition, co-chaired by the senior vice-president of Toyota North America, has been formed to lobby for money needed to study and construct a replacement for the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. When the bridge opened in 1963, it was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day. Today it carries 149,000 vehicles per day.

More information: Kentucky Post: Coalition to lobby for a new bridge (Nov. 14, 2003) [Outside Link]

Update 17-Nov-2003: More information: Associated Press: Group urges replacing I-75 bridge (Nov. 16, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 45]
Aerial Photographs of Illinois Central Railroad and US 45 Ohio River Bridges Contributed
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 9:12AM CST

Tim Ward of C.J. Mahan Construction Co has contributed aerial photographs of the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge at Metropolis, Illinois and the US 45 bridge at Brookport, Illinois. These have been added to the Bridges of the Ohio River Photo Gallery. Thanks to Tim for the contribution!

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[The Ohio River]
Governors Name Panel to Oversee Role of Minority Contractors in Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 8:31AM CST

Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton and Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan have appointed a two-state committee to enhance minority participation on the Louisville Southern-Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project.

More information: Press Release from Office of Gov. Patton: Patton, Kernan Name Joint Panel to Oversee Minority Role in Ohio River Bridges Project (Nov. 13, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Governors appoint two-state panel for bridge projects (Nov. 13, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 27]
Ohio Landing of "Purple People Bridge" Will Receive Upgrade
Posted: 15-Nov-2003 8:30AM CST

The Ohio portion of the L&N Bridge, known as locally as the "Purple People Bridge," will soon received benches and other decoration. Such decorations already adorn the Kentucky portion of the bridge.

More information: Kentucky Post: Bridge upgrades to create park (Nov. 14, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
New Louisville Bridge Could Affect Waterfront Park
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:31AM CST

Plans for a new downtown bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville could disrupt the Waterfront Park.

More information: Courier-Journal: Bridge project design could threaten park (October 21, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Ironton-Russell Brudge]
Planning for New Ironton-Russell Bridge Enters Final Design Phase
Posted: 3-Nov-2003 2:30AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to soon release more information about the design of a new bridge over the Ohio River between Russell, Kentucky and Ironton, Ohio. The bridge will be a cable-stayed bridge.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: New bridge project enters design phase (Oct. 6, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek to Replace I-71/I-75 Brent Spence Bridge
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 2:12AM CDT

Leaders seek to replace the aging Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The eight-lane bridge which was built in 1963 and last remodeled in 1985, is one of 15 bridges nationwide described by the FHWA as functionally obsolete. A study is currently underway to determine how to best replace the bridge.

More information: Associated Press: N. Kentuckians seek new bridge to Cincinnati (Sept. 23, 2003) [Outside Link], Cincinnati.com: Special Report: Collision Course (Sept. 22, 2003) [Outside Link] (an analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge and proposals to replace it)

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[The Ohio River]
FHWA Approves Routes for New Louisville Bridges
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:58AM CDT

The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision marking the approval of the Environmental Impact Study of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Project. This clears the way for final design and right-of-way acquisition.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation honored the transportation cabinet.s environmental stewardship in developing the bridge plans.

More information: Courier Journal: Couisville bridges project confirmed (Sept. 6, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier Journal: Bridges project clears U.S. review (Sept. 24, 2003) [Outside Link], KYTC Press Release: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Recognized Nationally for Environmental Stewardship on Ohio River Bridges Project (Sept. 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 2155]
Glover Cary Bridge to be Repainted Blue
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:57AM CDT

Owensboro residents chose to continue to use blue paint to paint the Glove Cary Bridge over the Ohio River. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now let locals select the color to paint bridges, and Owensboro residents chose to continue the at least 40 year old tradition of having the Blue Bridge in downtown.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge ballot blue is best (Sept. 5, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-471]
Development in Newport Clogs Traffic on I-471 Bridge
Posted: 29-Aug-2003 7:35PM CDT

Development of the Newport Levee has caused a considerable increase in traffic (and traffic accidents) on I-471's Daniel Carter Beard Bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Newport. Newport city leaders are pressing to rebuild the ramps from I-471 south bound to KY 8; however, the project is not currently listed on the six year highway plan.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Newport traffic clogs bridge (Aug. 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 2155]
Voting to Choose Color of Glover Cary Bridge to Begin on Friday
Posted: 14-Aug-2003 12:08AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will begin repainting the Glover H. Cary bridge in downtown Owensboro in 2006; however, before then, the cabinet must choose a color for the new paint. Owensboro residents will be able to voice their opinion on the bridges new color beginning Friday. Residents will be able to vote at the Daviess County Public Library, Towne Square Mall, and online at the Messenger-Inquirer website.

Area students were given a chance to vote on the bridge color in the spring. Blue is the current front runner with 44% of the vote with teal (22%), brick red (17%), and green (14%) following. The bridge was last painted in 1987 and is currently teal.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: (Aug. 13, 2003) [Outside Link] (free registration required), WKYT: Citizens Will Vote On Bridge Color (Aug. 13, 2003) [Outside Link], KentuckyRoads.com: Photograph of Glover H. Carey Bridge

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[US 31]
Work to Repair Clark Memorial Bridge Frustrates Some Drivers
Posted: 8-Aug-2003 6:06AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has begun an $8.9 million project to repair the deck the US 31 Clark Memorial Bridge across the Ohio River at Louisville. Delays on the bridge have forced some drivers to seek alternate routes across the Ohio River.

More information: Associated Press: Work on Ohio River bridge draws complaints (Aug. 8, 2003) [Outside Link], KentuckyRoads.com: George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge Photo Gallery

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[I-71]
Rebuilt I-71 Exit Ramp Promises Improved Access to the Kentucky Speedway
Posted: 8-Aug-2003 5:09AM CDT

A new two-lane ramp from I-71 to KY 35 promises better access to the Kentucky Speedway.

Two more projects are planned for the speedway area: widening of I-71 to three lanes north of the speedway and the construction of a new road from I-71 Exit 55 to the bridge across the Ohio River at Markland Dam.

More information: The Cincinnati Enquirer: Fans have speedier way to speedway (July 31, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
More Federal Money Could be Allocated to Study Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 27-Jul-2003 1:22AM CDT

The House Appropriations Committee approved a transportation spending bill that allocated $2.5 million to study replacing the I-71/I-75 Brent Spent Bridge over the Ohio River. The bill must still be passed by the full house, the Senate, and signed by the President before becoming law.

In February, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launched a $2 million study to determine how to best replace the aging bridge.

More information: Kentucky Post: Bridge may get $2.5M more (July 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Receives National Honor Award
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:37PM CDT

The William H. Natcher Bridge was one of 24 projects nationwide to receive an Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Natcher Bridge Design Earns National Honor Award (March 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[KY 3393]
Signs Directing Travelers to the Shawneetown Bridge will be Installed on the Morganfield Bypass
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 9:06PM CDT

Signs directing travelers to the Shawneetown Bridge will be installed at several intersections on the Morganfield bypass (KY 3393). The bridge to Illinois over the Ohio River is 12 miles west of Morganfield on KY 56.

More information: Union County Advocate: Bypass will get new signs (July 23, 2003) [Outside Link], KentuckyRoads.com: Shawneetown Bridge Photo

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [71 topics related to this item]

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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[I-74]
Northern Kentucky Outer Loop (I-74) Conceptual Feasibility Final Draft Released
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 7:29AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released the final report for the conceptual feasibility study for the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop, and the finding is that such an outer loop is not feasible.

The proposed route would connect with I-74 in Indiana, pass into Kentucky at the Markland Dam in Gallatin County, travel east-west across Kentucky, cross the Ohio River into Ohio at the William H. Harsha bridge near Maysville, and connect with a proposed extension of I-74 in Ohio. A two-year long study of this route found that the entire route would not be financially feasible in Kentucky; however, the study found that several segments of the route would have an independent of utility. The study divided the route into six sections and assigned them the following priorities:

  1. US 127 to I-75 - 15.1 miles (Owen and Grant Counties)
  2. I-71 to US 127 - 6.8 miles (Gallatin/Carroll and Owen Counties)
  3. I-75 to US 27 - 17.6 miles (Grant and Pendleton Counties)
  4. US 27 to KY 9 - 29 miles (Pendleton, Bracken, and Mason Counties)
  5. Indiana to I-71 - 7 miles (Carroll/Gallatin Counties)
  6. KY 9 to Ohio - 2.9 miles (Mason County)

The study found that construction of a proposed highway (Indiana State Road 101) from I-74 in Indiana to the Markland Dam would improve the usability of the Indiana to I-71 segment of the Outer Loop.

The release of the report does not guarantee that anything will be built. Construction is dependent on future funding.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning: Proposed Interstate 74 [Outside Link]

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[US 62] [US 68]
Kroger Store in Maysville Has an Exhibit Featuring the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:52PM CDT

The Kroger grocery in Maysville has a replica of the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge located near the produce section and photographs of the construction of the bridge near the entrance to the store. The Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Ohio River. It was constructed in the 1930s and carries Business US 62 and Business US 68 into Ohio.

More information: Maysville Ledger Independent: New Kroger designed for customer satisfaction (July 22, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
2003 Official Highway Map Released
Posted: 20-Jul-2003 8:34AM CDT

Updated: 21-Jul-2003 2:00PM CDT

[Cover of the 2003 Official Highway Map]The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet released the 2003 version of the official highway map on May 29. There were no apparent major changes over the previous year's, except for the fact that on June 10, the map was modified to show the former Daniel Boone Parkway as the Hal Rogers Parkway.

More information: KYTC: Official Highway Map [Outside Link]

The map is now available in rest areas. I picked up a copy at the Paducah Welcome Center yesterday. The cover art is a photograph of the William H. Natcher Bridge.

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[The Ohio River]
Kentucky Post's Jim Reis Looks At the History of the Bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:21PM CDT

The Kentucky Post recently posted two columns from Jim Reis looking at the history of the bridges over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky:

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[I-265]
Deal Reached to Preserve Historic Properties Near Proposed Jefferson County Bridges; Money Allocated and Construction Could Start in Four Years
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 9:11AM CDT

The Indiana, Kentucky, and the Federal Highway Administration have reached a 40-page agreement with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation that is aimed to protect historic properties near the sites of the two proposed bridges over the Ohio River at Louisville.

More information: Courier-Journal: Deal made to save sites by bridges (April 10, 2003) [Outside Link]

In other news, the Environmental Impact Study has been approved. The most recent federal budge includes $8 million to begin purchasing right of way, construction could start in four years, and the project should be complete by 2020. Total construction costs could be as much as $2.5 billion.

More information: Associated Press: Federal agency wants two bridges for Ohio River at Louisville (April 16, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: 2 bridges over Ohio could cost $2.5 billion (April 17, 2003) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Two companies vying for Ohio River bridges project (July 7, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: Bridges project to get $9.8 million House panel expected to OK funds Monday (July 18, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Ironton-Russell Brudge]
Falcon Birdhouses Placed on Ironton-Russell Bridge
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 8:03AM CDT

The Ohio Department of Transportation installed falcon birdhouses on the Ironton-Russell Bridge. The birdhouses were placed on the opposite of the bridge from the sidewalk to discourage interaction between the birds and pedestrians on the bridge.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: Falcon nests planned on bridge (March 13, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Leaders Seek Federal Aid for Brent Spence Bridge Replacement
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 5:24AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in this January 16, 2003 article [Outside Link] that leaders from the Cincinnati area planned to seek quick federal assistance in replacing the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. The bridge is route of I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River from Kentucky into Ohio.

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[I-74]
New Northern Kentucky Outer Loop Newsletter
Posted: 15-Feb-2003 5:48AM CST

The KYTC has posted a new newsletter [Outside Link] concerning the construction of the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop.

Consideration of routes for the Northern Kentucky Outer Loop has been narrowed to a five to ten mile corridor stretching from the Markland Dam in Gallatin County to the Ohio River near Maysville. The road will not be part of I-74; however, it is being studied as part of an effort to extend I-74 eastward from Cincinnati.

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[The Ohio River]
ODOT monitoring Ironton-Russell Bridge temperature
Posted: 15-Feb-2003 4:16AM CST

The Ohio Department of Transportation has been monitoring the temperature of the Ironton-Russell Bridge. The steel on the aging bridge becomes very brittle when it reaches low temperatures. If the temperature drops below minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit, ODOT will temporarily close the bridge.

More information: Daily Independent: ODOT monitoring Ironton - Russell Bridge temperature (Jan. 25, 2003) [Outside Link]


In related news, progress is being made on plans to replace the bridge. ODOT's plans for a new bridge have recently been approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

More information: The Herald-Dispatch: Impact study for new bridge completed (Jan. 27, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
KYTC Settlement with Whistle-Blower
Posted: 14-Feb-2003 8:44PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reached a sealed settlement with Ron Gardner, a KYTC employee who alerted officials that inspectors were extorting bribes from contractors.

A judge opened the settlement in January at the request of the Courier-Journal. It was revealed that the KYTC paid Gardner $480,000 to settle the lawsuit.

More information: Daily Independent: Cabinet seals settlement with employee in whistle-blower case (Jan. 12, 2003) [Outside Link], Herald-Leader: Bridge-painting lawsuit sealed (Jan. 12, 2003) [Outside Link], Courier-Journal: State settled suit for $480,000 (Jan. 24, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[I-71] [I-75]
Future of I-71/I-75 Bridge over Ohio River in Question
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 8:02AM CST

The Brent Spence Bridge which carries I-71 and I-75 over the Ohio River is projected to only have about 15 more years of useful life. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is beginning a 30 month study to determine how to extend the life of the bridge or how to best replace it.

More information: Enquirer: Obsolete and over capacity, Brent Spence Bridge is nearly out of time (Dec. 27, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[KY 2155]
Cary Bridge Work Finishing Up
Posted: 31-Dec-2002 7:20AM CST

Work on the Owensboro approach to the Glover Cary Bridge should be mostly complete in a few weeks. J.R. Miller Boulevard is being realigned so that aligns with the bridge. Landscaping and final paving should be complete this spring.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge work nears end (Dec. 28, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Named in the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:02AM CST

The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro has been named as one of the Top 10 Bridges by Roads and Bridges Magazine.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Opens
Posted: 3-Nov-2002 9:28PM CST

The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River northeast of Owensboro opened to traffic on October 21, 2002.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge opens to traffic (Oct. 22, 2002) [Outside Link] (free registration required), Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge on track for Monday opening (Oct. 15, 2002) [Outside Link] (free registration required)

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Won't Open Until October
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 10:21PM CDT

The Natcher Bridge probably won't open until around Oct. 10. Grouting of the tables was recently completed, and now wind ties must be attached to the cables. These ties are intended to restrict the movement of the cables during high wind. Other remaining work includes pouring concrete to complete the roofs of the two towers, painting, and electrical work. The construction equipment including two large cranes must be removed.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge likely to open in Oct. (Sept. 12, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Tweaking of I-69 Ohio River Crossing Routes
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 9:56PM CDT

The joint Kentucky and Indiana group studying possible routes for the I-69 Ohio River crossing will hold an "emergency" public meeting to discuss three proposed routes for I-69 to connect Henderson and Evansville. They will have maps showing more detail than previous maps.

The meeting will be held from 4pm to 7pm Monday, September 23, at Henderson County High School.

More information:

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[I-66]
New Interstate 66 Maps
Posted: 1-Sep-2002 6:15AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Planning has posted a few new maps of preliminary study corridors for I-66 in western Kentucky.

Ballard and McCracken Counties

Warren and Edmonson Counties

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 1-Sep-2002 5:34AM CDT

New Route Numbers for Old US 231

Jacob Newkirk reports in this Usenet post [Outside Link] that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will probably renumber US 231 through downtown Owensboro as Kentucky 2155.

It has also been said that the Indiana Department of Transportation will renumber old US 231 in Indiana as Indiana 161. (See here [Outside Link] and here [Outside Link].)

The Glover Cary Bridge over the Ohio River at downtown Owensboro is in Kentucky so, if current plans hold, will be part of Kentucky 2155. The stateline is on the north side of the river, and the "Welcome to Kentucky" sign is at the north end of the bridge. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue to maintain the 62-year old bridge.

Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer Bridge Coverage

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer ran a series of articles about the Natcher Bridge and other area bridges in their August 30, 2002 edition. You need to complete their free registration to view these articles online:

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[US 231]
Glover Cary Bridge Work to Begin in October
Posted: 18-Aug-2002 11:20PM CDT

In October, the city of Owensboro will begin work on the approach to the Glover Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro. This work will include widening the approach to the bridge and widening J.R. Miller Boulevard between Third and Fourth Streets. This work includes demolition of a house that sits across the street from the approach to the bridge.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: 'Tis the season for city's major construction (Aug. 18, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[William H. Natcher Bridge]
Natcher Bridge Dedication
Posted: 17-Aug-2002 7:40PM CDT

The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River was officially dedicated on Friday, August 16, 2002. The $70 million span connects eastern Daviess County, Kentucky to Spencer County in Indiana. During the dedication ceremony, politicians from both sides of the river remarked on the significance the new bridge will play in the development of Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana. They also recalled the hard work and determination of the late-U.S. Representative William H. Natcher for whom the bridge is named. After the ceremony, despite the rain, hundreds of visitors took an opportunity to walk across the nearly completed bridge.

The rumor date for the opening of the bridge is Sept. 25. Installation of guardrails and striping on the Indiana side still needs to be completed. Also the grouting of the cable stays has not yet been completed.

When the bridge opens US 231 will be rerouted onto the eastern portion of Owensboro's US 60 bypass, then along US 60, then onto a new four lane highway, and then across the bridge into Indiana. No word on what route number, if any, will be used to redesignate the existing route of US 231 which includes the Cary Bridge in downtown Owensboro.

A decorative "William H. Natcher Bridge" sign on display at the ceremony's stage.
A decorative "William H. Natcher Bridge" sign on display at the ceremony's stage.
Kentucky Gov. Patton and Indiana Gov. O'Bannon cut a ribbon marking the official dedication of the bridge.
Kentucky Gov. Patton and Indiana Gov. O'Bannon cut a ribbon marking the official dedication of the bridge.
The south tower viewed from directly underneath.
The south tower viewed from directly underneath.
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[US 23]
New Turn Lane onto Ashland Bridge Working Well
Posted: 12-Aug-2002 7:52PM CDT

As reported earlier, a new turn lane was added at the intersection of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide better access to the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River. The new turn lane appears to be working as intended.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent: New turn lane on Winchester makes difference (Aug. 9, 2002) [Outside Link]

Thanks to Sherman for the link.

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[US 231]
William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 8-Aug-2002 7:04AM CDT

The KYTC has posted this press release [Outside Link] with information about the Natcher Bridge dedication ceremony. As mentioned previously on this website, the dedication ceremony will be held on the Kentucky side of the bridge at 1:30 pm Central Time. Parking will be available on the roadway leading to the bridge and at Hawe's Truck Stop located on 6057 SR 2830 (Old US 60). A shuttle bus will take visitors to the bridge.

Also, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer notes that there have been no fatalities or very serious injuries during the 5-1/2 year construction of the bridge (the most serious reported injury was a broken ankle); however, six men were killed when a plane carrying engineers to study the construction site crashed at takeoff in 1990.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge exacted a toll in lives (Aug. 6, 2002) [Outside Link] (free registration required)

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Presentation
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 3:07AM CDT

I recently discovered this presentation [Outside Link] about the William H. Natcher Bridge on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Web Site. The presentation contains information about the bridge along with pictures taken at several points during its construction.

More information: The William Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Road Work in Ashland to Cut Waiting Time for Ohio Bound Travelers
Posted: 3-Aug-2002 2:49AM CDT

The Kentucky Department of Highways will modify the interserction of Winchester Avenue and 13th Street in Ashland to provide two turn lanes for cars turning onto the Simeon Willis Bridge over the Ohio River.

More information: The Daily Independent: Road work set to change Winchester (Aug. 2, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge to be Dedicated on Aug. 16
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 2:09AM CDT

The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro will be dedicated on August 16; however, the bridge will not open to traffic that day. The approach on the Indiana side has yet to be completed.

The dedication ceremony beings at 1:30 pm on August 16 and is open to the public. Visitors will be able to walk across the bridge. Visitors will be able to park on the highway on the Kentucky side of the bridge.

The image below shows the general location of the bridge:

A map of northeast Daviess County, KY and southern Spencer County, IN showing the general area of the new US 231 and US 60.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Procession over bridge will mark dedication of new span (July 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Site Features: New Natcher Bridge Photographs
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:57AM CDT

I've updated the William H. Natcher Bridge page with pictures that I took on June 25 and February 16. The bridge and the Kentucky approach appear to be essentially complete. There was some work underway to install lighting along the bridge. The Indiana approach is still under construction.

View from the Kentucky shore.
View from the Kentucky shore.
The bridge viewed from Indiana Route 66.
The bridge viewed from Indiana Route 66.
Facing south on the Kentucky approach.
Facing south on the Kentucky approach.
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[I-69]
I-69 Public Meetings: Evansville favors western route, Henderson favors eastern routes
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:48AM CDT

The Indiana Department of Transportation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and HNTB Corporation held two public meetings this past Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the three favored routes for the I-69 connection between Indiana and Kentucky with local residents. The summary from the local news is that Henderson residents favor the two eastern routes while Evansville residents favor the western route. The Henderson Chamber of Commerce has indicated their support for the eastern routes. I attended the Henderson meeting and overheard some residents' fears that the study has understated the impact of I-69 on houses and farms in eastern Henderson County. Some Henderson residents have suggested building I-69 even further to the east than what is currently proposed. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be completed by early 2003, with a final statement and approval by the Federal Highway Administration following in 2004.

More information: MyInKy.com: Henderson backs east I-69 corridor (June 28, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Forum to cover options for I-69 (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Western I-69 route backed in Evansville (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: I-69 eastern routes gain support (June 28, 2002) [Outside Link], I-69 Evansville-Henderson: Level 1 Alternatives Analysis Draft Report [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
Two Favored Routes Emerge for New Louisville Bridges
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:44AM CDT

Favored routes for two new bridges over the Ohio River have emerged from a group of citizens and officials conducting a study for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Although a final recommendation won't come until next month, alternative C-1 for a downtown bridge and alternative A-15 for an eastern bridge are the clear favorites.

The favorite route for a downtown bridge, C-15, would involve building a new bridge just east of I-65's Kennedy Bridge. Spaghetti Junction, the intersection of I-64, I-65, and I-71, would be rebuilt to accommodate the new bridge and relieve congestion on the interstate. Spaghetti Junction would be shifted to the south. This move would affect the Butchertown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods in Louisville. The Indiana approach to the bridge would affect downtown Jeffersonville. The designers of Louisville's Riverfront Park anticipated the construction of alternative C-1 into their design for the park. The cost of the project is estimated to be $2 billion and would take 10 years to complete.

The favorite route for the new eastern Jefferson County bridge, A-15, manages to bypass Prospect, KY and Utica, IN to the delight of both communities. The route would connect to the current terminus of the Gene Snyder Freeway at US 42 in Jefferson County pass to the south of Prospect, cross the Ohio River, swing to the north of Utica, IN, and connect to Indiana Route 265. This route involves the construction of a tunnel on the Kentucky to minimize impact on the historic Drumanard Estate. If built this would connect the Kentucky I-265 to Indiana's I-265.

More information: Courier-Journal: Two bridge routes emerge as favorites (June 27, 2002) [Outside Link], Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project: Maps and Descriptions [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
I-69 Public Meetings in Evansville and Henderson
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:42AM CDT

Two public meetings will be held this week to discuss the the I-69 Ohio River crossing. One meeting is tonight at Reitz High School in Evansville and the other is tomorrow night at Henderson County High School in Henderson.

More information: KYTC Press Release [Outside Link]

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[I-69]
Evansville-Henderson I-69 Routes Narrowed to Three Alternatives
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:38AM CDT

The group studying possible routes for I-69 between I-64 in Indiana and the Breathitt (Pennyrile) Parkway in Kentucky has narrowed the list of alternatives from ten to three routes. The alternatives, unveiled by Kentucky and Indiana highway agencies, the Evansville Urban Transportation Study, and HNTB, include two routes east of Evansville and one route west of Evansville. The other routes were eliminated because of potential damage to the environment, high costs, and low traffic volumes.

The currently preferred route, Corridor 2 (originally listed as H), would follow I-164 from I-64 to the Green River Road interchange before crossing into Kentucky. This route requires the least new construction, shortest Ohio River bridge, and would divert 55% of the traffic from the US 41 bridges. This route is estimated to cost $580 million.

Another route, Corridor 3 (originally listed as I), would also follow part of I-164 but would cross the river east of Angel Mounds State Park and cost $685 million.

The west side route would start at I-64 east of Poseyville, parallel the Vanderburgh county line, cross the Union Township oxbow, and cross into Kentucky. This would require at east eight miles of elevated roadway to cross the oxbow floodplain. This route, Corridor 1 (originally listed as J), would cost $959 million.

The study will now move into the next phase: a draft environmental impact statement is expected early next year.

In Kentucky, I-69 will use existing parkways. Upgrading these parkways to Interstate standards will take ten years or more.

More information: MyInKy.com: I-69 route options narrowed to 3 (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link], Messenger-Inquirer: 2 routes closer to Owensboro among I-69 finalists (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: West I-69 route called key for port (June 21, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: I-69 routes in city cut to 3 (June 20, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Dedication Delayed
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:56AM CDT

The dedication of the Natcher Bridge has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts with Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon and Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton. The bridge is now nearly complete.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Bridge Ceremony Postponed (June 14, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Two Bridge Contractors Attack Report
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:49AM CDT

Two bridge contractors who were solicited for bribes have attacked an audit of the Transportation Cabinet saying that is flawed by omissions and errors.

Full story: Courier-Journal: 2 bridge contractors attack report (June 4, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Dedication Set for August 2
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 12:07AM CDT

The new William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River at Owensboro will be dedicated at 10:00 am on August 2nd. It has been 62 years since Owensboro's only other Ohio River bridge, the Glover H. Cary Bridge, was dedicated on July 30, 1940.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge dedication Aug. 2 (May 12, 2002) [Outside Link] (Free registration required)

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[The Ohio River]
KYTC To Study New Road to Hawesville Bridge
Posted: 5-May-2002 2:57AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is planning to study building a new road to the Bob Cummings Bridge over the Ohio River at Hawesville. The new road would connect the bridge to US 60. The new road is being studies because the Indiana Department of Transportation is building a new road (IN 237) to connect the bridge to I-64. The current intersection at the end of the bridge is prone to accidents. The Immaculate Conception Church has been struck by cars failing to stop on seven occasions.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: Cabinet to study roadways leading to Hawesville bridge (Apr. 29, 2002) [Outside Link] (no longer online)

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[I-69]
Loop Around Evansville is Not Part of I-69 Study
Posted: 5-May-2002 2:39AM CDT

INDOT officials have stated that a loop around Evansville is not part of the I-69 study. The study for "Segment 4" of I-69 is to determine a route to connect I-64 in Indiana to the Pennyrile Parkway near Henderson, Kentucky. Some local residents have asked INDOT to consider building new bridges to the east and to the west of Evansville.

More information: MyInKy.com: Highway chief: 'Loop' isn't part of Interstate 69 study (May 2, 2002) [Outside Link], MyInKy.com: Evansville loop not part of I-69 project (May 2, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge Work Enters Final Phase
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:48PM CDT

The William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro is expected to open in late-July or early-August. Several tasks still remain to be completed: the construction of two foot-eight inch tall barrier walls on the outside edges of the bridge and down the center of the bridge, application of the final layer of concrete for the driving surface of the bridge, final tensioning of the cable stays, grouting of the cables, and painting of the steel undercarriage of the bridge. No date has been chosen for the grand opening of the bridge.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Natcher Bridge construction enters final phase (April 14, 2002) [Outside Link] (no longer online)

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[US 231]
Owensboro Cary Bridge Approach Work Moving Ahead
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:42PM CDT

Owensboro's First Baptist Church has approved the sale of a house across the street from the Cary Bridge approach. This house will now be demolished to allow reconstruction of the interchange at the end of the Cary Bridge. The Cary Bridge is a two-lane bridge over the Ohio River. It carries US 231.

More information: Messenger-Inquirer: Cary bridge approach on right track (April 11, 2002) [Outside Link] (no longer online)

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[The Ohio River]
Spaghetti Junction Redesign Could Threaten Butchertown
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 4:56PM CDT

A redesign of Spaghetti Junction, the interchange between I-65, I-64, and I-71 in Louisville, which is planned as part of the Ohio River bridge project could affect the Louisville neighborhood of Butchertown. Local residents are seeking to have the area designated as a preservation district.

More information: Courier-Journal: Spaghetti Junction redesign proposals worry Butchertown [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
Former Bridge Inspector Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 4:47PM CDT

Kevin L. Earles, a 23-year veteran employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, pleaded guilty on March 28 to federal anti-corruption charges. He was accused of soliciting bribes during an inspection of the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River at Louisville. The Kennedy Bridge carries I-65 into Southern Indiana.

More information: Courier-Journal: Bridge Inspector Who Took Bribes Pleads Guilty [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
EPA Fears that 3 of 6 Proposed Ohio River Bridge Routes Would Cause Significant Harm
Posted: 28-Mar-2002 2:30AM CST

"Three of the six proposed routes for an east-end bridge crossing the Ohio River would significantly harm wetlands, endangered animals, creeks and neighborhoods, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says."

Full Article: EPA fears 3 proposed bridge routes harmful. The Courier-Journal. (March 27, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[The Ohio River]
What Goes Into a $22.1 Million Environment Impact Study
Posted: 25-Mar-2002 4:01PM CST

This Mar. 25, 2002 article [Outside Link] from the Courier-Journal covers some of the things that went into the $22.1 Million study of the environmental impact of the proposed Ohio River bridges. The study and its technical reports stand over eight feet tall. Among the things that went into the report are studies of bats conducted by gluing radio transmitters onto them, dredging the Ohio River to look for mussels, cataloging and analyzing historic properties, and recording noise levels a 178 points. Of course for all of the detail that went into the report, anti-bridge groups claim that it fails to accurately represent the environment of the area.

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[US 231]
US 231 and I-69 Shaping Up in Indiana
Posted: 12-Mar-2002 6:48PM CST

J. Bryan Nicol, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation, recently made two speeches in Owensboro about the impact of road projects in Southern Indiana on the highway system in Kentucky. INDOT is widening US 231 from the new William H. Natcher Bridge to I-64. This project is expected to be completed in 2007. Eventually the widened US 231 will connect with the I-69 extension providing Owensboro with even better access to the road system.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer: U.S. 231, I-69 projects moving forward [Outside Link] (no longer online)

Yea, KentuckyRoads.com 200th headline!

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Russell Declines to Take Over Ironton-Russell Bridge
Posted: 19-Feb-2002 7:27PM CST

The city of Russell has decline an offering from the Ohio Department of Transportation to take over the Ironton-Russell Bridge. ODOT is planning on replacing and demolishing the bridge by 2008. The 80-year old bridge costs nearly $100,000 per year to inspect and the Russell city council came to the conclusion that this was well beyond the city's budget.

More information: Ashland Daily Independent, Feb. 13, 2002 [Outside Link].

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[I-69]
Elevated I-69 Route West of Evansville Under Consideration
Posted: 19-Feb-2002 7:22PM CST

A new proposal to route I-69 west of Evansville between I-64 and Kentucky is being considered. The new proposal would route I-69 west of Evansville and build an elevated freeway through the Ohio River flood plain in southwestern Vanderburgh County, Indiana. There are currently nine or ten routes under consideration; however, the number of proposals should be narrowed to three or four before public meetings this summer. All nine routes face potential problems with archaeological sites, wetlands, and proposed parks and wildlife refuges in Kentucky.

More information: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, Feb. 14 [Outside Link] (no longer online), Evansville Courier & Press, Feb. 13 [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Six Year Plan Includes Many Projects in Daviess County
Posted: 19-Feb-2002 7:06PM CST

This Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article [Outside Link] (no longer online) examines Daviess County road projects that are listed in the 2002 Six Year Highway Plan. The projects include:

  • an eastern extension to the US 60 By-pass to divert traffic heading towards the William H. Natcher Bridge slated to begin construction in 2005,
  • widening of Southtown Boulevard,
  • reconstruction of the northernmost six miles of the Natcher Parkway,
  • reconstruction of the approach the Cary Bridge over the Ohio River,
  • and several pavement rehabilitation projects and bridge replacements.
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[I-265]
Governors Committed to New Louisville Bridges
Posted: 11-Feb-2002 1:54AM CST

The Courier-Journal reports in this Feb. 10, 2002 article [Outside Link] that the governors of Indiana and Kentucky both still support the proposed bridges over the Ohio River near Louisville.

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[US 231]
Final Section of William H. Natcher Bridge Placed
Posted: 6-Feb-2002 8:29PM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that the final section of the William H. Natcher Bridge has been placed. The new cable-stayed bridge over the Ohio River is expected to open in late July or early August.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Public Meeting: Louisville-Southern Indiana Bridge Projects
Posted: 4-Feb-2002 8:20PM CST

The Courier-Journal reports in this Feb. 4, 2002 article [Outside Link] that public meeting will be held this week to discuss the Louisville-Southern Indiana bridge project. More information about the project can be found at www.kyinbridges.com [Outside Link]. The public is invited to comment on the projects until Feb. 25.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Ironton-Russell Bridge over Ohio River will Close if Temperatures Drop Too Low
Posted: 22-Jan-2002 10:25PM CST

The Ashland Daily Independent reports in this article [Outside Link] that ODOT will close the Ironton-Russell Bridge between Ironton, OH and Russell, KY will be closed if temperatures drop to around 5 degrees below zero. This is due to concerns about the steel structure of the bridge. The University of Cincinnati has been conducting tests on the 80-year-old structure since 1999.

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[I-265]
City of Prospect Dislikes All Eastern Bridge Alternatives
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 5:55PM CST

This Courier-Journal article [Outside Link] reports that the city of Prospect dislikes all alternatives for an eastern bridge over the Ohio River in Jefferson County. Their favorite of the alternatives, however, is the alternative that bypasses Prospect. The Prospect city council claims that several proposed routes would make sections of the town uninhabitable.

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[I-471]
Work on I-471 Bridge Complete
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:29PM CST

According to this article [Outside Link] in the Cincinnati Enquirer, work on I-471 on both the Kentucky and Ohio sides is complete. All lanes of the road were reopened on Friday.

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[US 23]
Ohio DOT Studying New Bridge at Russell, KY
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:57AM CST

This Ashland Daily Independent article [Outside Link] discusses the possibility of constructing a new bridge to connect Irontown, Ohio and Russell, Kentucky. Thanks for the pointer from Sherman [Outside Link].

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[I-69]
Nine Possible Routes Picked for I-69 in Henderson and Evansville Area
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:01AM CST

Nine possible routes have been picked in the Evansville area according to this Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article [Outside Link] (no longer online). The routes include routes using I-164 east of Evansville and new terrain routes west of Evansville. Some would like to see I-69 be built west of Evansville to relieve truck traffic from industrial areas along the Ohio River in Posey County.

Maps of the study areas can be found on www.i69in-ky.com [Outside Link].

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[US 231]
Natcher Bridge on Track
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:55AM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] that work on the Natcher Bridge is progressing well. Only three sections of the deck remain to placed, and they should be in place by the first of the year. The bridge and approaches are expected to be complete around the end of July.

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[I-65]
Bridge Inspector Indicted
Posted: 5-Dec-2001 6:50AM CST

According to this Courier-Journal article [Outside Link] a federal grand jury in Louisville indicted Kevin Lee Earles, 41, on three counts of extortion for allegedly demanding bribes that totaled $18,000. Earles was a KYTC inspector for painting work being done on the Kennedy Bridge in Louisville. He reportedly told a painting-company executive that there was a ''history'' of making payments to inspectors.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
State Budget Cuts May Affect Road Work
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:44PM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that state budget cuts may affect road projects in the Owensboro area; however, most appear to be on track. While projects such as an eastern extension of the US 60 By-pass, the William H. Natcher bridge, and other work on US 60 are expected to be funding. Work on roads such as Southtown Boulevard was to be funded by surplus money which may no longer be available.

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[I-65]
Study of New Louisville Area Bridges Released
Posted: 9-Nov-2001 7:45PM CST

The long awaited Draft Environmental Impact Study of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridge Project is complete. The study details several options for recommended improvements, including the no build option, several options for downtown bridge, options for new bridge in eastern Jefferson County, and options considering the effect of two new bridges. A number of public meetings and open houses [Outside Link] have been scheduled. The DEIS can be found here [Outside Link] and articles about the DEIS from the Courier-Journal can be found here [Outside Link].

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[I-69]
Plans for I-69 and Wildlife Refuge Could Collide
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 6:12PM CST

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this Nov. 8, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that plans for a wildlife refuge in Henderson County might interfere with proposed paths for I-69 between Henderson and Evansville.

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[I-69]
Proposed I-69 Routes to be Discussed
Posted: 8-Nov-2001 2:26AM CST

The Union County Advocate reports in this Nov. 7, 2001 article [Outside Link] reports that the proposed Interstate 69 route across the Ohio River into Kentucky will be discussed at a public hearing set for next Thursday, November 15 at South Middle School's gym in Henderson.

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[I-65]
Second Lawsuit Filed over Kennedy Bridge Work
Posted: 4-Nov-2001 5:53AM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in this article [Outside Link] that a second lawsuit has been filed over alleged illegal activity regarding inspection of the Kennedy Bridge. In this lawsuit, a KYTC employee claims he was demoted after reporting that state inspectors were falsifying records, getting kickbacks from a supplier and soliciting bribes from contractors.

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[I-69]
I-69 Construction Still Six to Ten Years Away
Posted: 1-Nov-2001 2:39AM CST

This Oct. 31, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) reports that a Kentucky Department of Highways official told the Henderson Lions Club that construction on I-69 is still six to ten years away. It also reports that no final route for I-69 in Kentucky has been announced and that construction of an Ohio River crossing could take more than five years to complete.

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[I-65]
Suit Filed Regarding Kennedy Bridge Work
Posted: 25-Oct-2001 5:22PM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports in this Oct. 25, 2001 article [Outside Link] that a lawsuit has been filed claiming that KYTC officials and bridge inspectors solicited bribes regarding repainting work on the Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River in Louisville.

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[I-69]
I-69 Evansville-Henderson Public Meeting Planned
Posted: 23-Oct-2001 6:33PM CDT

The Henderson Gleaner reports in this Oct. 23, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that transportation officials from Indiana and Kentucky are planning a public meeting for November 15 to discuss possible routes for I-69 between Henderson and Evansville.

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Ohio River Bridge to be Converted for Pedestrian Traffic
Posted: 14-Oct-2001 6:54AM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this article [Outside Link] that an old railroad bridge over the Ohio River near Newport which was converted to vehicle traffic has been closed and will be reopened as a pedestrian bridge.

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[I-69]
KYTC Highway Engineer Says I-69 Still Years Away
Posted: 4-Oct-2001 9:54PM CDT

The Gleaner (Henderson) reports in this October 4, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that an assistant state highway engineer told the Henderson Chamber of Commerce that very few decisions have been made. Among other things, he told the group that the Indiana Department of Transportation is taking the lead in choosing a route for I-69 between Evansville and Henderson. He pointed out that it still has not been decided whether the interstate should cross the Ohio River east or west of Evansville. He also said that while upgrading existing parkways to interstate standards remains an option for routing I-69 in Kentucky that is not the only option being considered. He said that the decisions will only be made after a period of public involvement.

As a side note, I once asked the KYTC if any of the parkways meet interstate standards and the response was that none of Kentucky's parkways meet interstate standards. Work would have to be done to any of the parkways that might be included as part of the eventual routing of I-69 and I-66.

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[I-69]
I-69, US 60 Discussion
Posted: 3-Oct-2001 8:21PM CDT

The Gleaner (Henderson) reports in this Oct. 3, 2001 piece [Outside Link] (no longer online) that state transportation engineers met today with the Henderson Chamber of Commerce about I-69 and US 60; however, there were no other details.

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[I-265]
Report on New Louisville Bridges Expected Soon
Posted: 7-Sep-2001 3:14PM CDT

The Courier-Journal reports in this Sept. 7, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the results of a study outlining the strengths and weaknesses of nine possible bridge routes linking Jefferson County and Southern Indiana are expected next month. The eastern bridge alternatives would link I-265 in Indiana and Kentucky. Already, groups are preparing to fight both for and against the proposed bridges.

The official website for the study is www.kyinbridges.com [Outside Link].

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[US 231]
Cary Bridge (US 231) Work Causes Traffic Headaches
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 6:24AM CDT

This Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer article [Outside Link] (no longer online) reports that work on the Cary Bridge over the Ohio River at Owensboro is causing eight to ten minute delays.

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[US 231]
One Lane of Cary Bridge in Owensboro to be Closed This Week
Posted: 12-Aug-2001 7:16PM CDT

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this August 11, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that one lane of the Glover H. Cary Bridge over the Ohio River will be closed this week for the installation of fiber optic cable.

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[US 231]
Site Feature: William H. Natcher Bridge
Posted: 10-Aug-2001 6:52AM CDT

A new feature on the William H. Natcher Bridge has been added to the web site. It contains an overview of the project, a map of the project area, photographs of the bridge taken on August 9, 2001, and links to other sources of information about the bridge.

The William H. Natcher Bridge is currently being built over the Ohio River near Owensboro. It is expected to be the new route of US 231 when complete.

Taken near the IN 66/US 231 intersection. Both towers and the deck are visible.
Taken near the IN 66/US 231 intersection. Both towers and the deck are visible.
Traffic congestion at the Kentucky end of the Cary Bridge.
Traffic congestion at the Kentucky end of the Cary Bridge.
The barrier along the south approach of the bridge is still under construction.
The barrier along the south approach of the bridge is still under construction.
[Click Here for More Pictures from Aug. 9, 2001]

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[US 231]
New US 231 Ohio Bridge One Year Away
Posted: 2-Aug-2001 2:44AM CDT

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports in this July 22, 2001 article [Outside Link] (no longer online) that work on the new cable stayed bridge over the Ohio River near Owensboro should be complete in about a year. The new bridge will carry US 231 and will divert traffic from the existing bridge in downtown Owensboro.

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[I-71] [I-75]
I-71/I-75 Bridge Replacement Study May Start Early
Posted: 1-Aug-2001 9:57PM CDT

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports in this July 27, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the U.S. Senate may approve a bill authorizing $2 million to begin a study on replacing Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River in 2002. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had been planning to start the study in 2006.

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