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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...

Tom Block: Mitch McConnell’s elevation
to majority leader is big deal for Kentucky

The Republican victory in the battle to control the Senate elevates Kentucky’s senior Senator, Mitch McConnell to the position of Majority Leader, a very big deal.   While the final spread is still to be determined due to a December 6 run-off in Louisiana, what is the importance of Republicans gaining control of the Senate?   While Senate Democrats will still be able to stop most...

Tom Block: Mitch McConnell's elevation to majority leader is big deal for Kentucky

The Republican victory in the battle to control the Senate elevates Kentucky’s senior Senator, Mitch McConnell to the position of Majority Leader, a very big deal.   While the final spread is still to be determined due to a December 6 run-off in Louisiana, what is the importance of Republicans gaining control of the Senate?   While Senate Democrats will still be able to stop most Republican...

Tom Block: House and Senate approved short-term funding of Highway Trust Fund

Earlier this summer I wrote of the challenge faced by Kentucky and the nation with the impending shortfall of the Highway Trust Fund and the potential for stopping of work on large road projects across the Commonwealth and the nation. The pressure was on as Congress needed to take action before they left D.C. for their annual August break.   Good new – last week, before heading home for...

U.S., Kentucky officials urge Congress to take immediate action on Highway Trust Fund

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Gov. Steve Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock in urging Congress to act expeditiously on the soon-to-be insolvent federal Highway Trust Fund.   Earlier this week, Foxx issued a letter to all state departments of transportation providing them the latest on the looming crisis and detailing how the Federal Highway...

Tom Block: Fund for highway infrastructure almost broke; something needs to be done

This is the Pikeville Cut-Through created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nearly 30 years ago. One of the largest civil engineering projects in the Western Hemisphere, it required moving nearly 18 million cubic yards of soil and rock. Passing through it are a four-lane divided highway, a railroad line and the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   Any drivers...