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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month; buckle up, put down phone when behind the wheel

In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to drive home a life-saving message for all motorists – buckle up and put the phone down. “This past year has reminded us that small actions can have a positive impact on our safety and...

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...

State road crews to begin treating noxious weeds along Ky. roadways, drivers urged to use caution

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way to improve driver safety and ensure efficient maintenance operations. Poison Hemlock along a Kentucky roadway (Photo from KTC) The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets...

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...

State reminding public of availability of historic Perry Co. bridge in advance of March 1 application deadline

The March 1 deadline for accepting applications for relocation of the historic Kenmont Bridge in Perry County is near, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is again reminding the public of the span’s availability for reuse. “Inquiries have continued to come in about the bridge since its availability was first advertised late last year,” said Brandon Baker, environmental coordinator with KYTC’s...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has ‘snowfighters’ out, ready for snow, ice, bitter cold; stay home if you can

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) highway snowfighters prepared for a major winter storm packing damaging ice ahead of snow and possibly bitter cold that will impact road conditions across the state. “Keeping roadways as safe as possible is one of the most important roles of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and that is never more important than in snow and ice season,” said Gov. Andy Beshear....

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s permanent Regional Driver Licensing Office open in Owensboro

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Regional Driver Licensing Office in Daviess County has moved into larger, permanent quarters. He said the expanded facility, located at 2620 Kentucky Highway 81 in Owensboro will be able to accommodate customers, while maintaining social distancing and all other necessary COVID-19 public health...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet sets Feb. 1 deadline to apply for $51,000 engineering scholarships

High school and college students interested in becoming a civil engineer should apply now for one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s $51,000 scholarships. Since 1948, the Kentucky Transportation Civil Engineering Scholarship Program has provided about 80 scholarship openings each year that are filled with new and returning students to improve the overall engineering expertise within the Transportation...

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...

KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Office in Bowling Green moves to larger, permanent space

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Regional Driver Licensing Office in Bowling Green has moved into larger, permanent quarters that will accommodate customers while maintaining social distance and all necessary COVID-19 public health protocols. It is one of 12 permanent regional offices the cabinet currently has established in a network that eventually will number about two dozen offices...

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...

Federal funding, construction progress mark 2020 milestones for expansion of Mountain Parkway

2020 was a year of great success for the Mountain Parkway Expansion project. In June, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) was awarded a $55 Million federal INFRA grant that will help to fund what will be the fifth segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion to go under construction—the Wolfe County segment. In doing so, the Mountain Parkway Expansion continued their mission to reduce state costs...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers historic Perry County bridge at Jeff for relocation

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new Kentucky home for an old Kentucky bridge. The state plans to replace a nearly century-old bridge at Jeff in Perry County with a modern span as part of the Bridging Kentucky initiative. The existing bridge, carrying Kenmont Road over the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is a two-span pony truss bridge. It was built in 1926 and has been deemed...

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...

Kentucky Department of Transportation drones aid inspection damaged Brent Spence Bridge

As the Federal Aviation Administration celebrates Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 16 – 22, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet deployed the use of drones on the Brent Spence Bridge to aid inspectors collect preliminary visual inspection images following the bridge closure on Nov. 11. Drones were brought in to aid inspection efforts before inspectors could access the bridge due to the large amounts...

Closure of three driver licensing offices — Lexington, Columbia, Florence — extended due to virus

Three Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) driver license offices that were closed last week due to cases of COVID-19 will remain closed longer than had been expected. The offices are KYTC Regional Driver Licensing offices at Lexington and Columbia and a smaller, temporary field office at Florence. Four other offices that were closed at the same time – in Jackson, Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and...

KYTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices around state due to COVID-19 cases

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....