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Bridging Kentucky Project set to begin in Leslie County on March 30; expected to open July 1

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11 Office advises motorists that a bridge construction project in Leslie County will begin March 30 and the bridge is expected to open to traffic on July 1. This project will replace the Williams Branch Road bridge (CR 1207) over Middle Fork of Kentucky River. The bridge is being constructed downstream of the existing bridge. It will include a realignment...

A bright spot: For 70 years, the arrival of Spring brings bright yellow jonquils to this scenic roadside

For the last 70 years, the arrival of spring has brought with it a bright spot for motorists along U.S. 641 near the Lyon-Caldwell county line.   For about two weeks each year, a half-mile section of U.S. 641 near the 4-mile marker in Lyon County is lined with bright yellow jonquils. The bulbs that create the colorful display were planted by Charles Brockmeyer Jr., with help from his friend and...

Driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed; drivers has additional three months to get renewal

In keeping with Governor Andy Beshear’s order to cancel in-person government services, driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed. Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver’s licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain the renewal.   Offices of Circuit Court Clerk handle driver’s licensing in all 120 counties for the Kentucky...

Real ID licenses now available at Morehead regional licensing office; new ID requirements effective Oct. 1

Eastern Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Morehead issuance location operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Beginning Monday, the Rowan County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office opened to all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

REAL ID licenses available at new Madisonville issuance location; deadline for Ky. to comply is Oct. 1

Western Kentucky residents now have one more option to maintain U.S. air travel and military base entry thanks to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) expansion of REAL ID-compliant card access at a new Madisonville issuance location. The Hopkins County REAL ID Regional Driver’s Licensing office in Madisonville launched Monday serving all Kentuckians regardless of where they live. Any U.S....

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provided updated Water Over Road reports as flooding continies

River levels along our counties are expected to remain elevated and fairly steady over about the next week. As water levels have fluctuated, several highways had Water Over Road signs or Road Closed signs posted, then removed over the weekend. Additional rainfall this week could create some additional travel issues along our highways. Please be alert for Water Over Road and Road Closed signs. They...

Don’t have a passport? You’ll need a ‘Real ID’ to fly when new identification rules take effect in October

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service By this fall, Americans who don’t have either one of the new “REAL IDs” or a valid passport won’t be able to fly or to visit military bases and federal facilities. Kentucky is urging its residents to take the change seriously. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, following recommendations from the 9/11 Commission to set higher standards...

Kentucky highway fatalities increased from 724 to 734 in 2019; preliminary numbers show 56 deaths in 2020

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). Initial data indicates there were 734 fatalities in 2019, compared to 724 in 2018. “A single death is one too many,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “And our 2020 Recommended Highway Plan is our commitment to improving highway...

KYTC’s 2020 Recommended Highway Plan prioritizes safety, fast-tracks major regional access projects

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) presented the 2020 Recommended Highway Plan to lawmakers that prioritizes safety and fast-tracks major regional access projects to improve the quality of life for Kentucky families and boost economic development. The Plan features a historic biennium investment of $100 million to improve safety conditions on rural roads through the Highway Safety Improvement...

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk on Super Bowl Sunday; pass keys to a sober driver before party

Football fans across the country are gearing up to celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LIV this Sunday. For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder urging football...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...

KYTC’s Mountain Parkway Expansion filled with ‘remarkable progress’ during past year

The past year has been filled with remarkable progress on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Mountain Parkway Expansion. The Parkway has seen milestones including the completion of the Restaurant Row segment, the beginning of the Magoffin County West segment as it was let for construction, and significant progress throughout the Morgan County segment. “Crews have been working hard all...

KYTC encourages residents to give peace of mind as gifts by registering an emergency contact

As boxes get wrapped and online orders ship to gift to loved ones this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages residents to give the free, year-long gift of peace of mind by registering an emergency contact. Emergency Notice is an online emergency contact registry accessible to law enforcement officials to know who you would like to be notified in case of a serious emergency....

New look — flat, digitally printed, modern — coming for KY license plates; they are cheaper to produce

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is making major progress to introduce a modernized license plate manufacturing process in late 2020 after entering into a recent agreement with Intellectual Technologies Inc. Unlike current license plates embossed with raised letters and numbers, the new plates will be flat and printed digitally, reducing the production costs of bulk manufacturing, storage...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety reminds Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up, put phone down

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is sending Thanksgiving travelers important lifesaving reminders – buckle up and put the phone down. “The upcoming holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so we’re extending our current ‘Buckle Up Phone Down’ campaign through Thanksgiving,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula....

Mountain Parkway’s Restaurant Row project in Salyersville now fully open to traffic

After three years of construction, the new four-lane segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion running through Salyersville’s Restaurant Row is now fully open to traffic. Restaurant Row marks the second section of the Parkway to be completed under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Mountain Parkway Expansion. “In the coming months, crews will be working on smaller finishing touches along Restaurant...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completes 100th bridge project through Bridging Kentucky program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reached a major milestone, completing its 100th bridge restoration project through the transformational Bridging Kentucky program. KYTC also recently awarded a contract to restore 106 bridges through an innovative design-build project – a move that will efficiently deliver critical bridge projects in 21 Eastern Kentucky counties. Bridging Kentucky is a six-year,...

Caution: It’s about to start — the fall deer-vehicle collision season; Kentucky ranks 15th

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is warning drivers about the start of fall deer-vehicle collision season. In a recent ranking, Kentucky was 15th in the nation for crashes involving deer. The movement of deer along Kentucky highways increases in October, as shorter days and cooler evenings serve to kick off the fall deer mating season. Increased field activity by farmers...

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...