A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Pew Trusts: Real ID causing real problems as states cope with changing rules and late rollouts

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts In half a dozen states, including the most populous state of California, the Real ID rollout is a real mess. Technical glitches, delays and miscommunication are roiling the Real ID implementation in those states, calling into question whether residents will have the secure driver’s license needed to travel by air or enter government restricted areas after...

Bevin, KYTC announce $70 million construction project to continue Mountain Parkway expansion

Gov. Matt Bevin joined local elected officials in Magoffin County on Friday to announce the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will begin construction in August on the newest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion, continuing a major corridor expansion to benefit Eastern Kentucky. The more than $70 million construction project will widen and improve a crash-prone section of the parkway near...

Extension allows continued use of current state driver’s licenses for air travel until October 2020

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined the Commonwealth is fully compliant with REAL ID Act regulations following the pilot launch of new driver’s licenses, permits and IDs in Franklin and Woodford counties. This designation serves as the state’s last necessary extension, and allows Kentuckians to use their current...

Kentucky Transportation ‘Roadeo’ champions advance to regional equipment competition

The best of the best from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) competed in a two-day showdown of skills at the annual State Equipment Operators’ Safety and Training Conference, otherwise known as the Statewide Equipment Roadeo. Hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park, 12 KYTC Department of Highways equipment operators will advance to represent Kentucky at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operators’...

KYTC releases list of statewide transportation projects to guide decisions on 2020 Highway Plan

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has released a data-driven list of projects that are candidates for state transportation funding, using initial results from the State Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). The results will be a key component in developing the upcoming 2020 Highway Plan. The statewide list includes 49 high-ranking projects under consideration for funding – interstates...

Officials celebrate reopening of New Salem Circle Bridge following completion of structural repairs

Transportation, state and local officials on Thursday celebrated the reopening of a key railroad overpass in Hopkins County closed to traffic for 17 months due to structural issues. Work began this spring after the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) awarded a contract to repair the locally owned New Salem Circle Bridge in an effort to restore a vital link to the community. In February, Governor...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards contracts to 17 additional Bridging Kentucky projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Bridging Kentucky Program continues to forge ahead toward a busy construction season across the Commonwealth. With the recent awards of 17 additional bridge projects, KYTC now has awarded 114 projects that are part of the Bridging Kentucky program, launched in mid-2018. Meanwhile, more than 120 additional projects will move to the construction phase over the...

KYTC seeks public input on developing highway project goals for disadvantaged businesses

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is seeking public input on proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goals to ensure certified businesses can compete fairly for federally-funded transportation projects. The Cabinet’s Office for Civil Rights and Small Business Development (OCRSBD) is developing an annual DBE participation goal, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration....

KYTC names student winners of its Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest — winners are across the state

Students from four Kentucky counties earned first place in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) 2018 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest, which seeks to promote a clean environment. Winners represent Western Hills High School in Franklin County, Murray High School in Calloway County, Grace Academy in Allen County and Rich Pond Elementary in Warren County. “I am always impressed with the talent...

KYTC promotes work zone safety during construction season; motorists reminded to slow down

As warm weather sweeps across Kentucky bringing signs of spring, motorists can expect to see orange cones and flashing lights on roadways as construction and maintenance activities resume. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is driving attention to National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) – April 8-12 – to encourage motorists to take a vested interest in work zone safety by slowing down...

Lextran gets $1.4 million grant to purchase two electric buses, aimed at improving air quality

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Lextran will receive a $1.4 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant to purchase two electric buses, thereby improving air quality in Lexington.   Lextran will use the grant funds to replace existing diesel buses that are beyond their useful life with long-range, no-emissions electric buses....

Pew Trusts: Kentucky leading the way as Farmer’s hope for riches from legalized hemp, despite risks

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Michael Calebs begins feeling nostalgic standing in the airy barn on his rolling, 400-acre farm. He recalls the hard labor of his youth: climbing up to horizontal beams to hang floppy tobacco leaves to air cure so the leaves could develop a sweet taste. Calebs places a small amount of Kodiak snuff between his cheek and gum on a recent afternoon while walking about...

Kentucky infrastructure earns overall GPA of ‘C-‘ from Civil Engineers, many areas in the ‘D’ range

The Kentucky Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the 2019 Report Card for Kentucky’s Infrastructure, giving 10 categories of infrastructure an overall grade of “C-.” Kentucky civil engineers examined the state’s aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, levees, roads, solid waste and wastewater. The report evaluated the 10 categories...

Transportation Cabinet to begin phased rollout of Kentucky’s new secure driver’s licenses in March

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced the anticipated rollout of the state’s new identity credentials, slated to become available gradually in counties beginning in March 2019 through spring. The Cabinet is spearheading the Confident Kentucky initiative to offer two new license, permit and personal ID card versions applicants can choose from the next time they are due to renew...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet launches new system to provide real-time truck parking availability

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has partnered with seven other states to launch a real-time parking availability information system for commercial drivers in order to improve the safety and efficiency of the region’s freight network. The Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) regional Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) will display information to truckers...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; deadline to apply is February 1

Continuing one of the Commonwealth’s most attractive higher education opportunities, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year for prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees. Interested students must apply by the Feb. 1, 2019 deadline to be considered for the unique scholarship...

As you drive over the holiday, SAFE Patrol can help if you have car trouble on Kentucky’s interstates

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – If you have a breakdown while heading over the river and through the woods this holiday season, remember the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s SAFE Patrol is there to give you help and get you back on your way. SAFE, which stands for Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies, patrols Kentucky’s interstate highways and parkways statewide, as well...

Kentucky’s personalized license plates to begin expiring in birth month beginning January 2019

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced all personalized license plates will transition to a birth month expiration beginning Jan. 2, 2019, to comply with House Bill 530. This legislative change brings personalized license plates in line with standard-issue plates that expire on the last day of the vehicle owner’s birth month.  Currently, personalized license plates expire annually on...

Transportation officials encourage license holders to check card’s expiration date prior to holiday travel

With large numbers of travelers expected to take to the skies and roads this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encouraging license holders to check their card’s expiration date to avoid delays at airport security checkpoints and possible citations on the road. “Driver’s licenses are a common form of identification used for domestic air travel, and checking the expiration date...

Officials announce the replacement of vehicular access bridge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Officials announced this week an important bridge for motorists will be replaced at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The project — a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet — will allow for safer and more direct access to the park’s cottages, Woodland Center, swimming pool and Hoedown Island, a public area used for square dancing and...