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Kentucky launches partnership with nation’s largest evidence-based reentry employment provider

The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced the opening of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) — a program that provides immediate, comprehensive employment services to people returning home from prison. CEO began offering reentry services in the Louisville metro area on Aug. 12. The program focuses outreach on those with the highest likelihood of returning to prison and...

Whitley County Welcome Center closing Oct. 4 for demolition; estimated project completion in 2020

The Finance and Administration Cabinet has announced the Whitley County Welcome Center, built in 1971 and located at the 1.5-mile marker on I-75 in Southern Kentucky, is closing Oct. 4 for demolition and reconstruction with the new facility expected to be completed in fall 2020. Upwards of 30,000 vehicles per day pass by this welcome center, which is considered to be in the most deteriorated condition...

Kentucky chipping in to help those impacted by hurricane; discounts at parks, KYTC lifts restrictions

KyForward staff Kentucky agencies are offering relief to those fleeing areas in the path of Hurricane Florence or truck drivers headed to affected areas to deliver supplies. Kentucky State Resort Parks offering discounted rate for East Coast residents seeking shelter Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering a discounted rate of $49.95/night on lodge rooms to residents of any East Coast state seeking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

State Transportation Cabinet revs up new paid apprenticeship program for future mechanics

Beginning this fall, students enrolled in an automotive or diesel technology program with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) can apply to gain paid, hands-on experience with local Department of Highways maintenance garages through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) new Transportation Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (TMAP). As the state’s first automotive technician...

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,...

Adopt-a-Highway program announces 2016 art contest winners from among 1,500 applicants

Students from Greenwood High School in Warren County, St. Joseph Academy in Boone County, Warner Elementary in Jessamine County and Joe Harrison Carter Elementary in Monroe County took first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest. “Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest,” Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas said....

New $35 million Interstate 75 interchange in Scott County now open to traffic

Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in Scott County now have a new option to access a major connection point between the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) facility and Georgetown. The result also will alleviate congestion, spur economic development and improve access for the tens of thousands of travelers in the area daily. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced...

Five new field representatives appointed to the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced the appointments of five field representatives. Mark Welch, of Murray; Adam Rumohr, of Louisville; Scott Williamson, of Corbin; Shelby Peel, of Georgetown; and Gary Reece, of London, will perform a variety of services as liaisons to the Commissioner of Rural and Municipal Aid, the Transportation Cabinet, various agencies and local...

Transportation Cabinet temporarily extends hours commercial operators can deliver gas in state

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas has issued an emergency order waiving the hours of service for commercial motor vehicle operators delivering petroleum in Kentucky.  The order is in response to a gasoline pipeline explosion in rural Shelby County, Alabama. The order, issued Monday, temporarily relieves drivers of commercial motor vehicles from restrictions on hours of...

GoKY website replaces 511 phone line for Kentucky traffic and roadway information

Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways and by-ways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system. The improved, user-friendly platform provides travelers access to reliable, up-to-date information regarding traffic conditions, construction activity,...

Riverport Financial Assistance Trust fund grants awarded to five Kentucky river cities

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced that five Kentucky riverports have been awarded $500,000 in grants from Kentucky’s Riverport Financial Assistance Trust Fund. The grants will fund necessary riverport improvements and repairs. “Kentucky’s river cities have done great work developing our waterways as commercial assets,” said Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas. “By making these...

Martin named commissioner of the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid, Reece tabbed deputy

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced Wednesday the appointment of David Martin, of Petersburg as commissioner of the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid. Gary Reece, of London will serve as deputy commissioner. “Both of these appointments emphasize the importance of bringing private sector experience to state government,” said Thomas. “I am thankful for their...

Former Tobacco Settlement Trust executive Hack named commissioner of vehicle regulation

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced Wednesday John-Mark Hack will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Vehicle Regulation. “John-Mark’s seasoned career and diverse leadership experience will be a great asset for the Department of Vehicle Regulation as well as the Cabinet,” said Thomas. John-Mark Hack (Photo Provided) Prior to joining KYTC, Hack was president...

Acting Transportation Secretary Thomas elevated to post full-time, Bevin says

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Tuesday that acting Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas would take over the position permanently. Thomas was appointed Deputy Secretary in February 2016 and has been serving as Acting Secretary since March 2016. “Greg possesses the leadership and management qualifications that are imperative for the Transportation Cabinet in these tough budgetary times,” said...