Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announces four winners of 2017 Adopt-a-Highway art contest

Students from Hopkinsville High School in Christian County, Williamstown Independent Schools in Grant County, Walton-Verona Middle School in Boone County and Rosa Parks Elementary in Fayette County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2017 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest,” Transportation Secretary...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sounding battle cry “Winter is Coming” to prepare motorists

Thoughts of snow and ice may be far from the minds of Kentuckians with warm temperatures hovering over the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is sounding the battle cry “Winter is Coming” to alert motorists to prepare for the impending wintery conditions. The KYTC stands ready to tackle the elements with sharpened plow blades, stocked salt supplies and trained maintenance crews. “Snow...

Tranportation Cabinet urging motorists to check open recalls before hitting the highway this holiday season

As holiday preparations occupy the thoughts of Kentuckians, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) urges travelers to add an important task to their to-do lists to stay safe on the road: check for unrepaired vehicle recalls. By visiting www.CheckToProtect.org, drivers can conduct a free search for open recalls on their specific car using their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A search using...

Failure to pay toll on Louisville bridges could have affect on future vehicle registration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today If you cross the downtown or east end Ohio river bridges between Louisville and southern Indiana and don’t pay the tolls, it may cost you the chance to renew your vehicle registration. RiverLink, the toll operator for the Kennedy, Lincoln and Lewis and Clark bridges, has announced the registrations will be placed on hold, starting later this month, until the back tolls...

Dorsey Ridley: Latest budget adjustments should have minimal impact on state’s road fund

With budget cuts looming for nearly every sector of state government, I thought this would be a good time to give an update on the health of Kentucky’s road fund. The state road fund closed out fiscal year 2017 this summer with revenue of $1.5 billion. That is $51.1 million, or 3.5 percent, more than the official estimates contained in the state’s 24-month road fund budget. The largest revenue...

Deadline approaching for state Transportation Cabinet’s Adopt a Highway art contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking the Commonwealth’s art teachers and students to get started on this year’s Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest and submit their entries before the deadline on Oct. 31. The Adopt-a-Highway Program’s Art Contest is held annually to increase public awareness about the damaging effects of litter, change attitudes and behaviors about littering and educate Kentuckians...

Buyer beware: Kentucky expecting a flood following hurricanes Harvey, Irma — of flood-damaged vehicles

While Kentucky has not been directly affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Commonwealth could soon experience flooding of another kind: a rise in flood-damaged vehicles. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Regulation (DVR) is preparing for an influx of title requests for vehicles that have been deemed a total loss due to natural disaster damage in states such as Florida...

Commissioner says changes need to be made for license plates and driver’s licenses in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today New license plates and driver’s licenses could be coming to Kentucky soon.   John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation, made a presentation to the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee on Tuesday in Frankfort. He told lawmakers the current system of license plate issuance is woefully inefficient and, since the design hasn’t...

State anticipating up to half a million visitors for solar eclipse; plan to arrive early, stay put, leave late

Along with the rest of the nation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has begun the countdown to the total solar eclipse that has captured global interest: it’s now less than a week till the roadways in western Kentucky begin to feel the impact of up to 500,000 eclipse chasers anticipated to flock to the region. Occurring the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 21, the total solar eclipse will...

From ballgames to concerts, communities gearing up for once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse

With a little less than two weeks left, much of Western Kentucky is gearing up to become the epicenter of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of “greatest eclipse” with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on Aug. 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT. In addition to Hopkinsville, 15 other cities are in the path of totality and offer wonderful viewing opportunities....

Bevin names four to proprietary education panel; Minority Craftsman Training Board reorganized

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Lucinda Pease, Dr. Jonah Mitchell, David William Floyd, and Gerria Berryman have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. Pease, of Hillsboro, is an administrative coordinator for the Kentucky Welding Institute. She will represent privately owned for-profit post-secondary technical schools...

Transportation Cabinet approves grants of $930,000 to fund improvements in freight transportation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas has approved the issuance of $929,004 in grants to improve multimodal freight transportation through the Kentucky Rail Crossing Improvement (KRCI) Program. Administered through the KYTC Division of Planning, these funds are used to maintain and improve local and regional railroads. “Safety continues to be the first priority of the...

U.S. Homeland Security Department grants state another waiver on compliance with Real ID Act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has received another waiver from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow the state more time to come into compliance with the federal Real ID Act. John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Registration, told lawmakers Thursday that the state has been granted another extension, this would good until Oct....

New Interstate 65 interchange and connector road opens in Warren County, linking to U.S. 31-W

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), in partnership with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting event Thursday celebrating the opening of Phase I of the Interstate 65 to U.S. 31-W Connector Project in Warren County. Local, state and federal officials, along with local business leaders, gathered on the new connector road to cut the ribbon to officially open Phase I...

Upcoming scheduled maintenance on Brent Spence Bridge anything but routine for area motorists

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A routine maintenance project on the Brent Spence Bridge is expected to create a significant inconvenience for motorists traveling the corridor in the next two months. The project, which will begin June 23 at approximately 9 p.m., will include lane reductions, ramp closures and detours, most notably for motorists heading southbound into Kentucky on Interstate...

Interstate 65 ramp closure off Watterson Expressway in Jefferson County scheduled for June 10

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists of a ramp closure this weekend on Interstate 264 (Watterson Expressway) for pavement repairs. The exit ramp from I-264 West to I-65 South is scheduled for closure on Saturday, June 10. This exit ramp (Exit 12) will be closed from 7 a.m. until midnight on Saturday, June 10. KYTC crews will remove concrete slabs that have settled resulting...

Transportation Cabinet distributes nearly $25 million in federal funding for community improvements

Gov. Matt Bevin has approved $24.9 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds for communities across the Commonwealth. TAP and CMAQ programs are federally funded reimbursement programs administered through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Local Programs. “By updating this year’s priority ranking criteria,...

Lane closures on I-64 for repair work on Jefferson County bridge begin this weekend, cabinet says

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently awarded a contract for bridge repairs on Interstate 64 over Tucker Station Road in Jefferson County (mile marker 17.7). A new concrete deck overlay will be installed on both eastbound and westbound bridges and patching will be performed on the piers. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. based in Louisville was awarded this contract in amount of $594,000....

Commentary: Is is possible that aerospace could be Kentucky’s next big industry? Absolutely

By Stewart Ditto II Special to KyForward In Kentucky, we are used to the stereotype. Whenever we travel anywhere outside the state, we are recognized for the same three things; bourbon, horses, and KFC. Now don’t get me wrong, I am proud of these illustrious pieces of Kentucky lore and history. But as many of my fellow Kentuckians can attest, there is much more to our commonwealth. In fact, we are...

State Transportation Cabinet beautifying Kentucky roadsides with wildflowers, stations for monarchs

With highway construction season kicking off in April, orange barrels and freshly laid blacktop have become a common site throughout the state, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is also paving the way this spring for one of nature’s black and orange phenomenon: the monarch butterfly. In addition to continuing the Cabinet’s traditional planting of wildflowers along state roadsides,...