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Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder forum in Ashland rescheduled; additional forum dates announced

A Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder advisory forum originally slated for Thursday, July 12 in Ashland is being rescheduled. The date, place and time of the Ashland forum will be announced later, according to program staff from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Please continue to check the program’s website, kentuckyhealth.ky.gov for updates about upcoming stakeholder forums and other information...

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers to ‘Summer Scrub’ roadsides; eligible for Beautify the Bluegrass contest

Throughout the Commonwealth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers will participate in the scheduled 2018 Summer Scrub cleanup between Monday, June 18, and Sunday, June 24. Volunteer groups are eligible to submit their Adopt-a-Highway projects for entry in Gov. Matt Bevin’s Beautify the Bluegrass contest, sponsored by Kentucky Living. Summer Scrub is an annual roadside...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

Carter, Rowan counties earn Best Maintained Rest Area Awards in KTC annual state competition

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award today at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony. The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on...

Kentucky earns national engineering award for design of Versailles Road interchange project

Representatives for the American Council of Engineering Companies and Louisville-based Qk4, Inc. presented the prestigious ACEC Engineering Award of Excellence to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leaders during a ceremony in Frankfort this week for a roadway project that significantly improves safety and traffic flow in Lexington near the Keeneland Race Course. The ACEC national award recognizes the...

KYTC urges drivers to have a vested interest in work zone safety following spike in incidents in 2017

While motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of orange barrels on roadways as warm weather makes its way across the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hopes to see a decrease in the number of work zone related incidents in 2018 after a spike last year. With motorists being the primary victims of work zone injuries and fatalities, KYTC is driving attention to National...

Plan your summer road trip with the Transportation Cabinet’s 2018-2019 Kentucky Official Highway Map

(Click for Larger Image) Just in time for Kentucky visitors and residents to make spring road-trip plans, the Commonwealth’s new highway map beckons Bluegrass travelers to discover regional foodie adventures, experience Kentucky’s rich music culture and explore African-American heritage at historic sites around the state. The 2018-2019 Kentucky Official Highway Map – now available at rest areas,...

Adopt-a-Highway groups to give Kentucky roadsides a ‘Spring Clean’ in first cleanup outing of 2018

Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway program will give the Commonwealth’s roadsides a “Spring Clean” from March 19-25 during the first cleanup outing of 2018. As Adopt-a-Highway groups remove unsightly litter to make way for spring flowers, green grass and budding trees, KYTC reminds motorists that when Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are present,...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews to begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds this month

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way. The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock,...

Transportation Cabinet asks organizations to glow orange during National Work Zone Awareness Week

The Bluegrass will soon be glowing orange with the help of local businesses shedding light on the importance of work zone safety. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) invites organizations and residents to pledge to light buildings, structures, bridges and homes in the color orange on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the “Glow Orange, Kentucky” initiative inspired by the nation’s observance...

Transportation Cabinet unveils newly redesigned, mobile optimized website to better serve users

After a year devoted to designing, developing and refreshing the appearance of its public-facing website, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials have unveiled the new look of its now mobile-friendly website, transportation.ky.gov. Established in 2003 and last overhauled in 2011, the website was due for an upgrade to better serve the 2.8 million annual visitors who use it to access information...

KYTC presents recommended six-year highway plan; calls for $1B for bridge, pavement repair

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Wednesday presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium. “This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet study confirms need for new bridge across Ohio at NKY-Cincinnati

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today released the findings of a year-long study that confirms the need for construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River to improve safety and travel on I-71 and I-75 between Ohio and Kentucky. The proposed new bridge would be in addition to the existing Brent Spence Bridge, which was designed to carry 80,000 vehicles per day but currently carries more...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards 13 grants for bicycle, pedestrian projects; Fayette gets three

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas has announced $85,780 in grants to improve bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. The grants are administered by the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission through the Paula Nye Memorial Bicyclist and Pedestrian Education Grant program. The grants are awarded to organizations, groups and local governments for bicycling or pedestrian awareness,...

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...