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Ordinary driver’s licenses will no longer be accepted at airports Oct. 1 as REAL ID Act set to take effect

In six months – Oct. 1 – federal enforcement of the REAL ID Act is scheduled to begin, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages Kentuckians to be aware of changes that will bring. One of the most important changes will occur at airports, where an ordinary driver’s license or identification card for persons 18 and older will no longer be accepted for boarding a U.S. commercial...

Daylight Savings Time a good time to check for open repair recalls on cars, trucks

The approach of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday serves as a handy occasion to do more than spring forward. Put fresh batteries in the smoke alarm. Replace air filters. Inspect gutters. Here’s another to-do item: Check whether your car or truck has been recalled for a repair. It’s critical for safety, it’s easy, and the repairs are free. “Check To Protect,” a campaign by the National Safety...

Jim Gray calls managing state’s vaccine distribution the most important responsibility of his lifetime

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News State Transportation Secretary Jim Gray manages a $2.2 billion budget and has been president of an international construction firm, mayor of Lexington and Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, but he says none of those responsibilities has been more important than his new one: getting coronavirus vaccines to Kentuckians. “There’s probably, arguably,...

KTC, finance cabinet initiative to upgrade roadway lighting to LEDs will save millions in future cost

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet have launched an initiative to replace thousands of roadway lighting fixtures across the state with energy-saving LED lights. The upgrades will reduce the energy consumption of roadway lighting systems by more than fifty percent and save more than $2.8 million a year in reduced utility and maintenance costs. “Modernizing...

Ahead of schedule and under budget, Brent Spence Bridge reopens to traffic following emergency repair

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray on Tuesday announced the end of a six-week emergency repair project to restore and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge one day ahead of the scheduled completion date. Travel lanes and various access ramps leading to the bridge began opening gradually to full capacity throughout the afternoon and evening, following completion...

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray says repairs to Brent Spence Bridge on schedule, under budget

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Repairs to the Brent Spence Bridge remain on schedule and are expected to come in under budget, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said on Wednesday. “We are still on schedule for re-opening the Brent Spence Bridge, next week,” he announced during a Zoom press conference in Covington. “The original schedule was set for December 23, and we are still on that...

Office of Highway Safety reminds Kentucky drivers to plan safe rides during upcoming holiday season

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Dec. 16, 2020, through Jan. 1, 2021. “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians and I want us to have a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday,” said Gov. Andy Beshear....

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray provides update on repairs to damaged Brent Spence Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary (KYTC) Jim Gray on Wednesday updated progress being made to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky and is a critical corridor for interstate travel and commerce. “We’re now past the midpoint of this project to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge,” Secretary Gray said....

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encourages students to enter Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is encouraging Kentucky students to enter the 2020-2021 edition of its popular Adopt-a-Highway art contest. The theme is Adopt-a-Highway: For a Litter-Free Kentucky. “There are prizes for the winners, but the real payoff is that our youngest citizens are engaged early in life to promote a cleaner Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The KYTC Adopt-a-Highway...

Crews working around the clock to complete repair work to Brent Spence Bridge by December 23

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said this week repair crews are working around the clock to reopen the Brent Spence Bridge by the Dec. 23 deadline. The bridge, which carries I-71 and I-75 traffic over the Ohio River between northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, was closed after two semi-tractor trailer rigs crashed around 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 11 while driving along the...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety encourages seat belt use as holiday season approaches

As the holiday season approaches, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining law enforcement around the Commonwealth for the annual Click It or Ticket campaign. The federally-funded campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) high-visibility seat belt enforcement effort running Nov. 16-29. “KYTC’s mission is to provide...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety encourages motorists to drive safely this Halloween

This Halloween, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind motorists that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians but we must remain vigilant and continue making responsible choices to keep each other safe,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Halloween...

Kentucky highway official says state has ‘funding crisis for transportation’ after $74.6M drop in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The dire shape of highway project funding in Kentucky, as well as work zone safety, were among the topics discussed before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee this week. “We do have a funding crisis for transportation in Kentucky,” Chad LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, told the committee. “COVID-19...

KYTC regional driver licensing office opens in Richmond, will issue REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the opening of a new Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) regional driver licensing office in Richmond. While some services require an in person visit, Kentuckians are encouraged to use mail or drop-in options to renew or apply for standard credentials if they are able: Those whose licenses, permits or ID cards were lost or expired – or will expire – any...

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month; KOHS encourages safe behaviors driving, walking

Even if you usually drive to your destination, everyone is a pedestrian at some point – maybe walking your child across the street to the bus stop or walking to a grocery store down the road to buy dinner. That means each of us has a personal reason for wanting to keep our streets safe for all who use them. In a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed...

Kentucky campaign steers motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to drive home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel – buckling up and putting the phone down. Kentucky’s Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign runs concurrently with a nationwide awareness and enforcement effort...

Beshear announces extension of mail-in renewal option for certain driver’s licenses in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear, citing the need to help people stay healthy by avoiding crowds during flu season and the continuing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has announced an extension of a special program for mail-in renewal of certain driver’s licenses. “With flu season upon us and the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat across the Commonwealth, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Kentucky highway map available; musical heritage of the Commonwealth spotlighted in new map

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-21 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State. “Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things and places that matter most to us.” The...

Kentucky law enforcement reminds drivers to ‘Stop Speeding Before it Stops You’ as state reopens

As the Commonwealth reopens and traffic continues to increase, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding drivers to “Stop Speeding Before it Stops You.” “Speeding is 100 percent preventable and obeying the posted speed limit reduces the risk of death or injury for drivers, passengers and other road users,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Safe...