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Pike County News Items

[US 460]
Construction under way on US 460 - US 23 interchange
Posted: 28-Feb-2011 10:43PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23] [US 460]

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 12:

Construction under way on US 460 - US 23 interchange
PIKE COUNTY – February 14, 2011 – Work is under way on the mega-interchange that will connect new US 460 to US 23. Bizzack, the state’s successful bidder on the project, moved onto the Sookey’s Creek site today to begin construction on what is estimated to be a two-year project.

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

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 12:

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

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[I-66]
Courier-Journal Reviews I-66
Posted: 1-Mar-2006 2:41AM CST
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The Courier-Journal takes a look at the proposed Interstate 66: Courier-Journal: I-66: A road to growth or path of destruction?; Environmental impact statement for first Kentucky leg being studied (Feb. 26, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 to get Weigh Station
Posted: 5-Feb-2006 2:29AM CST

In effort to combat overweight coal trucks, the state will install a weigh station on US 23: Lexongton Herald-Leader: State to put scale on busy coal route (Jan. 4, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 Safer Thanks to Rock Fences
Posted: 2-Oct-2005 8:32PM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23]

The Kentucky Transportation Project says a project to prevent rock from falling onto US 23 south of Pikeville has been successful. A fence was installed to catch falling rocks.

More information: Associated Press: Mountain highway safer thanks to rock-catching fences (Sept. 22, 2005) [Outside Link], Associated Press: Test fences keep boulders off highways (Sept. 23, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meet This Saturday, Pikeville
Posted: 20-May-2005 1:51AM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 119]

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H.B. Elkins will be hosting an Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meeting this Saturday, May 21 in Pikeville.

Date and Time:
Saturday, May 21, noon EDT

Location:
Reno's Roadhouse
4053 North Mayo Trail (US 23)
Pikeville, KY 41701
(606) 218-1163
www.renosroadhouse.com [Outside Link] (for location and menus)

After lunch, the group will go on an informal tour of the US 119 reconstruction project north of Pikeville.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact H.B. Elkins at kyroadgeekreply@yahoo.com [Outside Link].

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[US 119]
Eastern Kentucky Road Enthusiast Meeting: May 21, Pikeville
Posted: 16-May-2005 4:52AM CDT

H.B. Elkins will be hosting the Eastern Kentucky-Central Appalachia Road Enthusiast Meeting this coming Saturday, May 21 at noon EDT at Reno’s Roadhouse in Pikeville, Kentucky. Afterwards there will be an informal tour of the US 119 reconstruction project in Northern Pike County. If you are interesting in attending, please RSVP to H.B. Elkins at kyroadgeekreply@yahoo.com [Outside Link].

More information: H.B. Elkins: Eastern KY-Central Appalachian roadgeek meeting -- one-month notice (April 26, 2005) [Outside Link], H.B. Elkins: Eastern KY roadgeek meeting info (May 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Coal-Hauling Roads Found to be Twice as Deadly
Posted: 19-Jan-2005 2:50AM CST

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that roads on which coal is hauled have twice as many deadly accidents as other roads: Lexington Herald-Leader: Coal-hauling roads: twice as deadly (Jan. 16, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
US 23 found to be State’s Deadliest Road
Posted: 10-Jan-2005 5:19PM CST

Records show that US 23 is the state’s deadliest roadway: Lexington Herald-Leader: Memorials every few miles on U.S. Highway 23 (Jan. 9, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Bridges on New US 119 Nearing Completion
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:08PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 119]

The last steel beams for new bridges along the US 119 widening project in northern Pike County were placed in November: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12: Steel beams for the last of nine main line bridges on new US 119 will go up starting next week. (Nov. 12, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Visitors Guide Signs Coming to Pike County
Posted: 30-Jun-2004 12:08AM CDT

County and state officials are working together to determine where to place guide signs to direct visitors to Pike County attractions. The large brown signs will be installed along streets and highways throughout the county.

More information: Pikeville Appalachian News-Express: Highway guide signs coming for Pike (June 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Floods Ravage Eastern Kentucky Roads
Posted: 24-Jun-2004 1:28AM CDT

Heavy rains in June washed out several roads in far eastern Kentucky. Damage was so severe the Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12 was forces to halt all routine highway maintenance and refocus on emergency road repairs. Preliminary estimates are that repairs will cost $6 million.

The rain and floods also damaged roads in Clark County.

Additionally, the rains are believed to have contributed to the partial collapse of KY 292, the Huntley-Brinkley Road, along the Tug Fork in Pike County. The road was constructed by local residents nearly 40 years ago. After the area was featured on the NBC evening news with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, television viewers nationwide sent donations to aid in the construction of the road. Local residents believe heavy coal trucks contributed to the collapse of the road.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 12: District 12 surveys flood damage with FEMA reps (June 6, 2004) [Outside Link], Winchester Sun: Clark County included in request for disaster relief (June 8, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: It's good night to section of Huntley-Brinkley Road (June 15, 2004) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: Cause of eastern Kentucky road's deterioration debated (June 15, 2004) [Outside Link]

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

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

The 60-day regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly ended on April 13. Thirteen bills relating to transportation were passed into law during the 2004 regular session. Click “read full text” below for summaries of each bill.

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[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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[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 460]
First Phase of US 460 Pike County Reconstruction Over Half Complete
Posted: 24-Feb-2004 10:36AM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

Transportation Cabinet District 12 reports that construction on the first phase of the US 460 widening project in Pike County is 53% complete. The 2.3 mile section of highway begins at US 23 and climbs to the top of a mountain to the east. This section of highway includes a set of twin bridges that carry the highway 86 feet above a mountain valley.

The entire project between US 23 and the Virginia state line is expected to take up to 12 years and cost $500 million.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12: First section of new US 460 more than half finished (Feb. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 460]
New US 460 Construction Photos
Posted: 3-Feb-2004 10:34PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has posted a new set of photographs of the US 460 reconstruction project in eastern Pike County: US 460 Online: January 27, 2004 [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Burlington Hopes to Get Federal Transportation Money Now that Patton is No Longer Governor
Posted: 29-Jan-2004 6:21PM CST

The Northern Kentucky suburb of Burlington is applying for a state-controlled federal transportation grant to refurbish its sidewalks. Boone County Administrator Jim Parsons indicated that he believes the county's chances of being awarded the grant are improved this year now that Gov. Patton is no longer in office. Last year's grant money went to fund a study of Interstate 66 in Pike County, Gov. Patton's home county.

More information: Cincinnati Enquirer: Burlington seeks sidewalk help (Jan. 29, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Pikeville, Pike County May Sue Over US 23 Chemical Spill
Posted: 20-Jan-2004 7:42AM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23]

Leaders in Pikeville and Pike County are considering suing Quality Distribution over a chemical spill that closed US 23-the major corridor through the area-for an entire day in August. Pikeville and Pike County allege that Quality Distribution has failed to pay the amount that government agencies have requested for reimbursement.

More information: (Pikeville) Appalachian News-Express: City, county may sue over chemical spill (Jan. 19, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Rogers Announces Federal Transportation Funding for Kentucky
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:47AM CST

U.S. Representative Hal Rogers announced in December that a significant amount of transportation funding had been secured for Kentucky. Projects include $20 million for Kentucky's Appalachian Regional Corridor highways, $1.5 million for I-75 widening in Rockcastle County, $1 million for reconstruction of 7 miles of the Hal Rogers Parkway, and $8.5 million for I-66 in Pike County and Pulaski County.

More information: WYMT Mountain News: Rogers Announces Funding for I-66, Other Kentucky Transportation Priorities (Dec. 3, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
US 119 Ground Breaking on "Paul Patton Day" in Pike County
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:45AM CST

Ground breaking for the last section of the US 119 widening project in Pike County was celebrated as .Paul Patton Day. on Nov. 22, 2003 to honor the former governor.s contributions to Eastern Kentucky highway projects.

More information: WKYT: It's "Paul Patton Day" in Pike County (Nov. 22, 2003) [Outside Link], Lexington Herald-Leader: In Pike County, they came to praise Patton (Nov. 23, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Contract for Final Section of US 119 Pike County Project to be Let this Month
Posted: 11-Nov-2003 6:49PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 119]

A 20.7 mile project to build to widen US 119 to four lanes from Pikeville to the West Virginia border could be complete in 2006. The project began in 1975. The project cut through three mountains. Nine out of ten sections of the project have seen some construction, and many are now complete. The transportation cabinet is expected to let contracts for the tenth and final segment this month.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: The road to completion is getting shorter (Nov. 5, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 23]
Road Contractor Fined for Illegally Mining Coal During Road Project
Posted: 8-Aug-2003 10:35PM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23]

Two years after being cited by the Transportation Cabinet for delaying work on a road connecting US 23 and the Pikeville airport to illegally mine coal along the road's right-of-way, Elmo Greer & Sons of London has been fined $125,000. The company had been allowed rights to any coal uncovered during the construction of the road; however, Greer has been found to have illegally mined coal from a 40 acre waste area along the 2.7-mile road.

More information: Lexington Herald-Leader: Road contractor fine took two years (Aug. 8, 2003) [Outside Link]

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

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

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

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

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[I-66]
I-66 Pike County Final Environmental Impact Statement Approved; Project Moves to Final Design
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 10:02PM CDT

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo County, West Virginia segment of I-66 has been approved by the Federal Highway Administration. This means that the project now moves to the final design phase which will be followed by right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation, and construction.

More information: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Appalachian Corridor I-66 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) Approved and Published (April 23, 2003, May 19, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Over Two-hundred Photographs Added
Posted: 25-Jul-2003 11:36AM CDT
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Two-hundred-and-sixty-two photographs of Kentucky's roads have been added to this website. The new photo galleries include:

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

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[US 23]
KY 1384 Bridge over US 23 to be Renamed
Posted: 23-Jul-2003 7:43PM CDT
Topics: [KY 1384] [Pike County] [US 23]

The KY 1384 overpass over US 23 in the Pikeville Cut will be renamed on Monday, according to the Appalachian News-Express [Outside Link]. The bridge is currently known as the Masten Childers Bridge; on Monday the name of the bridge will be renamed the Velma and Masten Childers Bridge.

This bill adjourning the Kentucky General Assembly [Outside Link] (word document) on the occasion of Velma Childer's seventieth birthday on Jan. 24, 2000 contains some biographical information about Childers.

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[KY 80]
Opposition Raised Against Proposed Bridge in Breaks Interstate Park
Posted: 18-Jul-2003 6:07PM CDT
Topics: [KY 80] [Pike County]

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

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

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[US 23]
Fences Being Installed to Limit Rock Falls
Posted: 12-Jan-2003 3:38PM CST

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is installing high-strength fences along some highways in Eastern Kentucky to limit the effects of rock falls. The fences are designed to catch falling debris and prevent it from blocking the road. These fences have already been installed along a section of Kentucky 1274 in Menifee County and are being installed along a section of US 23 in Pike County. Rock falls are common along highways in Eastern Kentucky. Recently, a rock fall on KY 1460 closed the highway for two days.

More information: Daily Independent: State tries fences to keep rocks off roadways (Jan. 9, 2003) [Outside Link]

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[US 119]
Appalachian Regional Corridor Work in Eastern Kentucky
Posted: 12-Sep-2002 10:39PM CDT

The Appalachian Regional Commission [Outside Link] (an agency of the federal government) plans on rebuilding parts of US 119 and US 460 in Eastern Kentucky. Work on US 119 between Pikeville and Belfry in Pike County is currently under way. This road will cut through 6 mountains.

The reconstruction of US 460 in Pike County is another ARC project.

ARC will also be funding a 1.8 mile tunnel through Pine Mountain in Letcher County. The two-lane tunnel will be the 3rd longest vehicle tunnel in the United States.

More information: Herald-Leader: Feds committed to putting roads in Appalachia's most isolated areas (Sept. 7, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Construction on I-66 in Pike County Could Begin Late Next Year
Posted: 6-Sep-2002 10:39PM CDT

A transportation cabinet highway planner, Keith Damron, reports that construction of a segment of I-66 in Pike County could begin next year. The actual beginning of construction is dependent on final federal approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and available funding. This section of I-66 is about 30 miles long and would begin at US 23 in Pikeville and extend to the West Virginia border. This road is expected to cost $1.5 billion (or $50 million per mile).

More information: Floyd County Times: Construction of I-66 could begin next year (Sept. 4, 2002) [Outside Link]

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[US 460]
Video about US 460 Pike County Right of Way Acquisition
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 6:42AM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's us460online.com [Outside Link] website now includes a video describing the right of way process [Outside Link]. A text transcript [Outside Link] can also be downloaded.

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

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

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[I-66]
Updated I-66 Information
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:26AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's I-66 web sites have been updated. Information from planning projects in Ballard, Edmonson, Marshall, McCracken, and Warren county can be found here [Outside Link]. The Official Interstate 66 [Outside Link] website has been updated with information about the Ballard and McCracken segment [Outside Link] and Pulaski and Laurel segment [Outside Link].

A new vicinity map [Outside Link] of the Pike/Mingo segment has been added. Also, the Phase 1 Archeological Survey for Pike/Mingo segment [Outside Link] has begun.

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[US 460]
KYTC Web Sites Helps Relocated Families in the Path of US 460
Posted: 31-Jul-2002 1:14AM CDT
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a new website to help relocate families affected by the US 460 reconstruction project in Pike County. According to the press release more than 200 families will be relocated due to the project.

More information: Press Release [Outside Link], Pike County US 460 Property Relocation [Outside Link]

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[I-66]
Interstate 66 Public Meetings Held in Pike County
Posted: 15-Apr-2002 5:09PM CDT

Interstate66.com [Outside Link] reports that public meeting about I-66 have been held in the Pike County area. Maps from the meetings can be found here [Outside Link].

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[US 460]
US 460 Bridge over Pond Creek Road Being Studied
Posted: 2-Mar-2002 7:58AM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

The KYTC is studying the possibility of building a bridge over Pond Creek Road in Pike County instead of the nearly 300 foot high embankment that had been considered. Local residents presented the KYTC with a petition after concerns were raised over the impact the new road would have on the accessibility of the valley. The new bridge proposal will be discussed at a public meeting scheduled for March 18. See www.us460online.com [Outside Link] for more information.

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[I-66]
Interstate 66 Public Meetings in Pike/Mingo Area
Posted: 22-Feb-2002 6:47PM CST

Two public meetings will be held to discuss the I-66 project in Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo County, West Virginia. The meetings will be held on March 25 and March 26. See Interstate66.com [Outside Link] for more information on times and locations.

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[US 23]
Public Meeting: US 23 in Pike County
Posted: 4-Feb-2002 8:02PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 23]

The KYTC will be holding a public meeting Thursday, February 6 at 5:00 pm in the commons area of Pikeville High School. The meeting is to discuss the US 23 Congestion Relief Project.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
New Emphasis to be Placed on Seatbelt Usage
Posted: 4-Feb-2002 7:44PM CST

A recent spate of fatal road crashes in Eastern Kentucky has caused the KYTC to put a greater emphasis on seat belt usage. During an eight day period in January five people were killed in five separate accident. None of the five were wearing seatbelts. Those wearing seatbelts in the accidents survived.

More information can be found at the Appalachian News Express [Outside Link] (no longer online) and the KYTC web site [Outside Link]. The governor has declared February as Buckle Up Kentucky Month [Outside Link].

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
More Details on Transportation Spending Bill
Posted: 13-Jan-2002 1:28AM CST

After examining press releases from Congressman Fletcher [Outside Link] (no longer online) and Congressman Rogers [Outside Link], I have learned more specific details about what projects Kentucky's money in the 2002 U.S. Department of Transportation spending bill has been allocated for:

  • $20 million for land acquisition and planning efforts for Interstate 66, with an additional $2.5 million provided for ongoing design efforts of I-66 in Pike County.
  • $2 million for a new initiative at the University of Kentucky. The Academy for Community Transportation Innovation will educate professionals and study transportation development, planning and design of suburban and rural areas.
  • $2 million to help Kentucky establish a statewide clearinghouse for public travel information.
  • $2 million for a project to provide traffic information through a universal telephone number (5-1-1). The pilot project will build a first generation 511 call center in Kentucky that could become a national resource for traffic information.
  • $15.5 million for bus and bus facility needs across Kentucky.
  • $1.5 million for preliminary work on a project to straighten a dangerous section of the Daniel Boone Parkway in Leslie County between mileposts 37 and 44
  • $4 million for improved access to the Parkway from the new Clay/Leslie County Industrial Park
  • $2 million for continued work on a project to improve US 25N in Rockcastle County to provide for increased traffic at the new Country Music Hall of Fame
  • $1.4 million to improve Cold Hill Road, located in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County
  • $995,000 to improve a stretch of Craigs Creek Road on U.S. Forest Service land in Laurel County
  • $885,000 for improvements to Kentucky’s Scenic Byways, including the Country Music Highway, the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway and the Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway.
  • $800,000 for the design phase of a 4-lane project on a section of US 27 south of Somerset to Burnside Island.
  • $500,000 to widen Leestown Road in Lexington.
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[US 460]
Wolfpit Interchange Eliminated from Plans for New US 460 in Pike County
Posted: 10-Jan-2002 7:24PM CST
Topics: [Pike County] [US 460]

According to US460Online.com [Outside Link] (a KYTC website for the project) a proposed interchange at Wolfpit has been eliminated from plans for US 460 in Pike County. This will reduce the cost of the project and reduce the number of families which must be relocated. Right of way acquisition is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Transportation Spending Bill Passes Both Houses of Congress
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 4:52AM CST
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The conference version of the Transportation spending bill [Outside Link] has passed both houses of Congress and is now waiting to be signed by the President.

Kentucky is mentioned several places in the bill:

  • $2,000,000 for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) providing Eastern Kentucky rural highway information,
  • $750,000 for an ITS for Lexington,
  • $2,000,000 for a statewide transportation operations center,
  • the corridors for I-66 and I-69 have been redefined: I-66 is now defined to use the Nunn Cumberland Parkway and I-69 is now defined to use the Carrol Purchase Parkway,
  • Kentucky may now post signs saying "Future I-69" on the Purchase Parkway and "Future I-66" in the Cumberland Parkway,
  • $4,000,000 for to help access to an industrial park in Clay and Leslie counties,
  • $50,000 for work on Kentucky 55,
  • $1,600,000 for work on Kentucky 192 in McCreary county,
  • $1,000,000 for improvements to the intersection at the end of Grover Carey Bridge in Owensboro,
  • $250,000 for work on Kentucky 61 in Green county,
  • $300,000 for work on Kentucky 92 in Whitley county,
  • $20,000,000 for I-66 (I believe this is the Somerset-London segment.),
  • $2,500,000 for I-66 in Pike County,
  • $320,000 for work on KY 1848 between I-64 and US 60,
  • $1,000,000 for the Monticello Street underpass in Somerset,
  • $1,000,000 for work on the Pennyrile Parkway (I believe this is for the southern extension to I-24),
  • $1,500,000 for work on Stone Coal Road in Johnson county,
  • $2,000,000 for work on US 25 near Renfro Valley,
  • $5,000,000 for work on US 27 between Somerset and KY 70,
  • $80,000 for work on US 27 near Burnside,
  • $850,000 for work on US 431 near Lewisburg,
  • $500,000 for right-of-way for US 60 in Henderson County,
  • $100,000 for work on US 41A,
  • $50,00 for Estill County bypass lighting around Irvine,
  • $300,000 for Estill County industrial park access road,
  • $400,000 for Fegenbush Lane Bridge at Fern Creek,
  • $1,000,000 for Henderson riverfront project,
  • $1,000,000 for engineering work on Kentucky 61 from Kentucky 487 to Columbia,
  • $800,000 for Johnstown Road,
  • $2,350,000 for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for Regional Trail Improvements,
  • $1,000,000 for improved access to Louisville's water front park,
  • $600,000 for median on US 42 from Harrods Creek to River Road,
  • $1,800,000 for Owensboro Riverfront redevelopment project,
  • $42,600 for Park City sidewalks,
  • $2,000,000 for Somerset downtown revitalization,
  • $6,600,000 for Southern bypass around the southwestern portion of Somerset,
  • $125,000 for Vine Grove sidewalks,
  • $2,000,000 for Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge,
  • $1,400,000 for Cold Hill Road,
  • $995,000 for Craigs Creek Road,
  • $1,500,000 for Daniel Boone Parkway between mileposts 37 and 44,
  • $2,000,000 for Brent Spence Bridge replacement I-75 and I-71 near Cincinnati,
  • $375,000 for work at I-75 Exit 11,
  • $2,500,000 for Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project,
  • $885,000 for Kentucky Scenic byways (Country Music Highway, Wilderness Road Heritage Highway, Cumberland Cultural Heritage Highway),
  • $30,000,000 for work Appalachian Development Highway System,
  • $4,534,000 for the Kentucky Transportation Department to provide buses, vans, cutaways, and bus facilities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
  • $1,500,000 for Big South Fork Scenic Railroad enhancement project, and
  • $5,000,000 for Southern Kentucky Intermodal Transportation Park.

Quite an impressive haul; however, there is no funding for I-175.

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[I-66]
KYTC Releases Fall I-66 Newsletter
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:49PM CST

The Interstate 66 web site [Outside Link] now has the Fall 2001 Newsletter [Outside Link] (PDF format) detailing progress on plans for the Pike County segment of I-66.

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[I-66]
KYTC Posts New Information about I-66 Planning in Warren County
Posted: 5-Sep-2001 9:40PM CDT

The KYTC has posted materials from an August 30, 2001 meeting regarding I-66 between I-65 and the Natcher Parkway here [Outside Link].

In addition the KYTC planning web site has new dedicated to I-66. Here is a list of links to I-66 information on the KYTC website:

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[I-66]
Most Recent Alignment Maps of I-66 in Pike County Posted
Posted: 16-Aug-2001 11:27PM CDT

The KYTC has posted the most recent maps of the proposed alignment of I-66 in Pike County, Kentucky and Mingo County, West Virginia. They are available here [Outside Link]. A questionnaire can also be downloaded from the same page.

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