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[US 31W]Through almost the entire state US 31 exists as US 31W and US 31E. The two north-south routes run parallel to each other from the Tennessee border before joining just a few yards from the Ohio River in Louisville. US 31W passes through Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Fort Knox. US 31E passes through Glasgow and Bardstown and near Abraham Lincoln's birthplace.

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

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

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[I-65]
District 3 Traffic Impact Report for the week of September 3, 2012
Posted: 31-Aug-2012 10:08PM CDT

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[I-65]
District 3 Traffic Impact Report for the week of August 27, 2012
Posted: 31-Aug-2012 12:05AM CDT

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Traffic Impact Report for KYTC District 4 Week of 8/27/2012
Posted: 31-Aug-2012 12:00AM CDT

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[US 31W]
US 31W Nashville Road Widening Project in Bowling Green Nearing Completion
Posted: 18-Aug-2009 12:52AM CDT
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

In a sign that the Nashville Road widening project in Bowling Green is nearing completion, road crews will soon be applying the final layer of asphalt on part of the newly widened section. From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 3 on August 17, 2009:

Paving operations continue for Nashville Road
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Kentucky Transportation crews will be applying the final layer of asphalt on Nashville Road over the next couple of weeks.
Crews will continue the paving operations tonight between the Natcher Parkway and Potter Children’s Home. This work schedule will have a 6:00 pm start time and will continue until early morning. The paving will continue for the remainder of the week with at least one lane of traffic open in each direction.
All of the striping will be done once the paving is complete. Because there will be some lag time between the paving and striping, motorists should pay close attention and reduce their speed while traveling this route, especially at the intersections.
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[I-65]
I-65 bridge rehabilitation work continues
Posted: 15-Jul-2009 8:32AM CDT

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Department of Highways District 3:

I-65 bridge rehabilitation work continues
Surface, joints being replaced on two sets of twin bridges in Hart County
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (July 14, 2009) — Work to rehabilitate two sets of twin bridges – over Green River and US 31W – continues along Interstate 65 in Hart County.
  • Northbound I-65 - Traffic will be pushed down to one lane and motorists can expect long delays while work is done on the northbound bridge over US 31W at mile marker 64. This work will continue around the clock until Thursday, July 16.
  • Southbound I-65 - Traffic will be pushed down to one lane and motorists can expect long delays while work is done on the southbound bridge over the Green River at mile marker 61. This work will continue around the clock until Friday, July 24.
There will be a signed detour following US 31W for wide loads during the construction work.
Motorists are asked to use extra caution and may wish to seek alternate routes during this time (US 31W/US 31E).
Travelers can log on to the 511 system at www.511.ky.gov [Outside Link]. for additional information about roadway conditions.
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[US 31W]
US 31W Traffic Blitz Coming
Posted: 14-Feb-2007 12:25PM CST
Topics: [Barren County] [US 31]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 in Bowling Green reports that a Traffic Blitz will take a place along the "US 31W Safety Corridor" from February 26 to March 4. A press conference concerning this event will take place at 8:00 AM Friday February 16 at Park City Fire Department along US 31W in Park City.

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[US 31W]
Nashville Road Widening in Bowling Green
Posted: 30-Jul-2006 11:13PM CDT
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently took bids on widening a section of Nashville Road in Bowling Green. The project will eventually widen Nashville Road to three lanes from University Boulevard to Campbell Lane and to five lanes between Campbell Lane and the Natcher Parkway: Bowling Green Daily News: Nashville Road: Projects designed to ease traffic; Plans are under way in various phases to improve flow along busy city thoroughfare (May 11, 2006) [Outside Link]

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[US 31E]
US 31E Nelson County Route Chosen
Posted: 30-Oct-2005 11:46PM CST
Topics: [Nelson County] [US 31]

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced a preferred route for the proposed reconstruction of US 31E north of Bardstown: (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: U.S. 31E routes selected (Oct. 19, 2005) [Outside Link]

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

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

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

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[US 31E]
Nelson County US 31E Project Moves Forward
Posted: 15-May-2005 11:59PM CDT
Topics: [Nelson County] [US 31]

The Transportation Cabinet recently released funds to complete the design of a project intended to improve safety on US 31E in Nelson County: Bardstown Kentucky Standard: Funds to be made available for U.S. 31E project (May 1, 2005) [Outside Link]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[I-65]
Wilkey Predicts I-65 Widening Project Could Begin This Spring
Posted: 7-Feb-2005 2:07AM CST

State Rep. Rob Wilkey believes that work to widen I-65 from the Tennessee state line to Bowling Green could begin this spring. He also has high hopes for a project to widen US 31W from KY 1008 south of Franklin to the Tennessee state line: Franklin Favorite: 'Road projects a go,' Rep. Wilkey says (Jan. 20, 2005) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
Results of US 31W Traffic Safety Blitz Released
Posted: 28-Dec-2004 1:53AM CST

The Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division of Highways District 3 have released the results Traffic Safety Awareness Campaign that was conducted along US 31W in South-Central Kentucky from December 6 to December 12. The so-called safety blitz resulted in 871 traffic citations and hundreds of written warnings: Barren River Area Development District/Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3: Traffic Safety Blitz Helps to Curb Holiday Rush and Improve Safety Along US 31W Corridor (Dec. 22, 2004), Bowling Green Daily News: 31-W blitz successful (Dec. 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31E]
Residents Want US 31E Improved
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:07PM CST

In response to the number of accidents along the road, area residents would like to see safety improvements along US 31E between Bardstown and Louisville: WAVE 3: Residents Want Deadly Road Improved (Dec. 21, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
Traffic Blitz Aims to Save Lives
Posted: 22-Dec-2004 9:02PM CST

State and local police held a “traffic blitz” along US 31W in the hopes of improving traffic safety: Glasgow Daily Times: Holiday traffic initiative would curb fatalities along 31-W (Dec. 11, 2004) [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]
Bowling Green Develops Major Thoroughfare Plan
Posted: 5-Dec-2004 8:07PM CST

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

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

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[US 31W]
Hardin County US 31W Project Finished Ahead of Schedule
Posted: 17-Nov-2004 2:07AM CST
Topics: [Hardin County] [US 31]

A repaving project along US 31W through Fort Knox in Hardin County has finished ahead of schedule: Hardin County New-Enterprise: U.S. 31W roadwork ending ahead of schedule (Nov. 4, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
US 31W Targeted for Safety Attention
Posted: 17-Oct-2004 8:31AM CDT

US 31W has been identified as the most dangerous road in the Barren River Area Development District. In response to this, a $247,000 federal grant will be used to develop safety programs related to the highway.

More information: Franklin Favorite: U.S. 31-W targeted for attention (Oct. 14, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
Improvements on the Way for Bowling Green’s Nashville Road
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:03PM CDT
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

In a Letter to the Editor, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Division 3’s Public Information Officer Keirsten Jaggers outlines steps taken to correct a problem with traffic light timing on Nashville Road and reports that a project to widen the road to four lanes with a center turn lane is expected to begin in May 2005: Bowling Green Daily News: Road, traffic light improvements on the way (Sept. 5, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31W]
Hardin County US 31W Traffic in the Spotlight
Posted: 6-Sep-2004 9:00PM CDT
Topics: [Hardin County] [US 31]

Officials in Elizabethtown have identified a stretch of US 31W as the most accident prone street in the area: &091;Hardin County News-Enterprise: ROAD RULES: Cities ID traffic hot spots (August 24, 2004) [Outside Link]

The intersection of US 31W, Lincoln Trail Boulevard, and Wilson Road will be reconstructed: Hardin County News-Enterprise: Intersection plan revealed (Aug. 26, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[I-65]
KYTC Presents Warren County Traffic Proposals
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:34AM CDT

At a July meeting, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented a number of ideas for improving traffic flow in and around Bowling Green. The plans include widening portions of I-65, Scottsville Road, and Nashville Road and the construction of new highway corridors that would provided access to the Natcher Parkway and I-65: Bowling Green Daily News: Public gets look at big picture for traffic flow (July 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

In other Warren County news, archaeologists are conducting a study of areas along a planned extension of Veterans Memorial Way into downtown: Bowling Green Daily News: Archaeologists digging through trash to find Bowling Green history (July 27, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
News Notes
Posted: 20-Aug-2004 5:32AM CDT
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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Over Fifty Photographs Added
Posted: 25-May-2004 10:06AM CDT
Topics: Topic listing supressed. [26 topics related to this item]

Over fifty photographs have been added to the site. They concern:

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[US 231]
Despite Budget Problems, Three District 3 Projects Still on Track
Posted: 20-Jan-2004 7:41AM CST

Despite state budget problems, three road projects are still on track for construction this year. Paving and guardrail installation will be completed on about five miles of the US 231 reconstruction project in eastern Allen County, reconstruction of KY 101 between Chalybeate and US 31W will begin, and a bridge over Little Reedy Creek on KY 70 in Butler County will be replaced.

Kentucky receives about $500 million in federal funds for road projects each year; however, the state must provide matching funds for 20% of construction costs. These funds have been drained in recent years.

More information: Bowling Green Daily News: Work on three roads beginning; others in limbo (Jan. 18, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31E]
US 31E Between Bardstown and Louisville Noted for High Accident Rate
Posted: 18-Jan-2004 7:02PM CST

The Kentucky Standard reports that three spots along US 31E in Nelson County are receiving attention due to a high accident rate: High Grove, Gobel Lake Curve and Hibbs Lane accounted for more than 60% of the accident reported along that US 31E north of Bardstown. US 31E through the area is a two-lane road that is much the same as it was originally constructed back in the 1920s.

The Transportation Cabinet plans to reconstruct part of the road between Nazerth and the Salt River; however, construction has been delayed due to historic sites along the route. Construction on the $100 million project is slated to begin in 2008.

One site on US 62 in Nelson County was also noted for a high accident rate.Dump Hill.

More information: (Bardstown) Kentucky Standard: Four spots becoming most dangerous roads in Nelson County (Jan. 16, 2004) [Outside Link]

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[US 31E]
Site Feature: Mount Washington's US 31EX
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 8:20AM CST

Signage at the intersection of US 31E and US31EX south of Mount Washington.

Mount Washington is home to a bit of signing oddity: instead of the old route of US 31E being marked "Business US 31E" it is marked as "US 31EX." Photos of this oddly signed route can be found here.

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[US 31W]
US 31W to be Repaved Through Fort Knox
Posted: 6-Jan-2004 6:43AM CST
Topics: [Hardin County] [US 31]

The stretch of US 31W that passes the gold depository at Fort Knox will be repaved during a project scheduled to end by Dec. 1, 2004.

More information: Hardin County News-Enterprise: 31W north of Radcliff is next big cone zone (Nov. 16, 2003) [Outside Link]

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

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

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

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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Upcoming Public Meetings
Posted: 1-Oct-2003 1:49AM CDT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has scheduled the following public meetings to discuss various road projects in Kentucky:

More information: Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville): Public invited to view proposed U.S. 641 plans (Sept. 16, 2003) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Interchange Meeting Set (Sept. 26, 2003) [Outside Link]

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

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

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

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[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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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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[US 31W]
Bowling Green Area Residents Support Improvements to US 31W
Posted: 8-Dec-2001 3:14AM CST
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

This Daily New article [Outside Link] reports that community response to an open house concerning improvements US 31W south of Bowling Green was overwhelming positive. Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for the KYTC’s Bowling Green office said, "the biggest complaint we’ve been getting is that it’s not getting done tomorrow."

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[US 31W]
KYTC To Hold Open House about US 31W
Posted: 26-Nov-2001 9:31PM CST
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

The Daily News reports in this Nov. 26, 2001 article [Outside Link] that the KYTC has scheduled an open house for Tuesday Nov. 27 to discuss improvements to US 31W south of Natcher Parkway in Warren County.

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[US 31W]
Upgrades to US 31W in Bowling Green Being Studied
Posted: 25-Nov-2001 3:30PM CST
Topics: [US 31] [Warren County]

The Daily News reports in this article [Outside Link] that KYTC met with city and county leaders and local residents to discuss improvements to US 31W south of the Natcher Parkway in Bowling Green. That stretch of roads is mostly two lane and has seen considerable industrial growth in recent years resulting in congested traffic.

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