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Bill Straub: When enough is really enough, whenever that may be, there’s always the November ballot box

When is enough, finally, enough? That essentially is the question that will be posed to voters of Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District this November when it comes to Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, who has been applying his brand of oddball legislating in the nation’s capital for better than seven long years now. Massie, as most observers of his reckless meanderings know...

Kentucky Highway Plan prioritizes 1,000 bridge repairs, 5,000 miles of pavement improvements

Kentucky’s 2018 Highway Plan will prioritize spending on more than 1,000 bridge repairs and 5,000 miles of pavement improvements during the next six years. “The recently enacted six-year Highway Plan represents the most balanced approach released by Kentucky in decades for addressing the Commonwealth’s transportation needs,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “This data-driven plan moves us in the right...

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...

AAA: Independence day will be historic, 44.2 million people expected to travel; here are some tips

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence...

AAA offers tips to prepare for Brent Spence Bridge construction — yes, it’s impacting travel times

As tristate commuters prepare for the first Monday morning commute since the start of maintenance construction on the Brent Spence bridge, AAA warns of the significant impact it could have on travel. “The start of the Brent Spence Bridge maintenance project can cause major traffic troubles for commuters,” said Cheryl Parker, AAA spokeswoman. “We want motorists to be mindful of the impact this...

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...

Commentary: Time is now for Brent Spence Bridge as public-private partnerships offer funding options

By Adam Koenig Special to KyForward For over 50 years now, countless vehicles have traveled from Northern Kentucky into Ohio, and vice-versa, on the Brent Spence Bridge. Whether it be to transport goods, travel, or engage in commerce, Brent Spence has been heavily utilized over the years, and this traffic has taken its toll. Currently operating at nearly three times of what it was designed to carry,...

Lane closures on Interstate 71 in Cincinnati this weekend could impact travelers to Northern Kentucky

Staff report Northern Kentucky drivers traveling into Cincinnati this weekend should be aware of lane closures and restrictions on Interstate 71. The disruption will include a shutdown of Northbound I-71 across the Brent Spence Bridge. The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued the following information regarding the closures. Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, June 17, the following closures will...

Capitol Hill newspaper identifies Brent Spence Bridge as top infrastructure emergency in the nation

The Brent Spence Bridge, connecting northern Kentucky to Cincinnati, is the number one infrastructure emergency in the United States and is threatening “both the economy and public safety,” according to a Washington-based newspaper that covers Congress and the federal government. In a story posted on the website of The Hill that carries the headline “Five big infrastructure emergencies”,...

Bill Straub: There’s light at the end of Brent Spence Bridge, thanks to everyone but ‘Whiz Kid’ Massie

May I rise on a point of personal privilege to discuss, briefly, something I’ve been doing on-and-off for more than 30 years – writing a column. It should be noted that, in this job there’s a constant fear of getting stale, writing about something or someone ad infinitum, thus boring even regular readers. It happens. On the other hand, it’s impossible to ignore a gift that keeps on giving....

Bumpy Road: Variety of transportation issues could impact Kentucky drivers in years ahead

    By John Gregory KET   They have 27,000 miles of paved roads to maintain, constituents clamoring for a number of new transportation projects and a shrinking pool of money with which to make it all happen.   To say state highway officials have a thankless job might be an understatement.   A panel of legislators who oversee transportation issues gathered on KET’s Kentucky...

Bill Straub: America’s roads, bridges, dams literally falling apart; where is Congress?

WASHINGTON – In case you haven’t noticed, America is falling apart – literally.   The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its most recent study, concluded that an investment of $3.6 trillion is urgently needed by 2020 to bring the nation’s infrastructure — roads, bridges, dams, sewer systems and what have you — up to snuff before the entire system crumbles like a sand...

Bill Straub: America's roads, bridges, dams literally falling apart; where is Congress?

WASHINGTON – In case you haven’t noticed, America is falling apart – literally.   The American Society of Civil Engineers, in its most recent study, concluded that an investment of $3.6 trillion is urgently needed by 2020 to bring the nation’s infrastructure — roads, bridges, dams, sewer systems and what have you — up to snuff before the entire system crumbles like a sand castle...

Bill Straub: Massie making name for himself in D.C. but at the expense of his N.Ky. district

WASHINGTON – Rep. Thomas Massie is quickly making a name for himself here in the nation’s capital. Of course, the name being bestowed upon him by House Speaker John Boehner and other members of the House Republican leadership is one that obviously is not suitable for this space or anyplace else wishing to maintain a modicum of propriety, even New Jersey.   Beginning his second term representing...

Rick Robinson: Calling all revolutionaries – it's time for N. Ky. to stand up and be counted

I’ve joined the secessionist movement.   Before you start penning that special hate-email calling me names previously reserved only for Duke fans, please understand I’m not one of those wing-nuts calling on all the anti-Obama “Red States” to break away from the Union. Those folks are just plain crazy.   I am advocating a much more sane movement whereby Boone, Kenton and Campbell...

Kentucky, Ohio governors sign landmark agreement to build new Ohio River bridge

In a display of bipartisan leadership, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Ohio Gov. John Kasich today signed an agreement that describes in broad terms how their two states will cooperatively build a new bridge over the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood joined the governors for the landmark announcement.   While the exact structure type is still...