A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Transportation cabinet waives certain motor vehicle carrier regulations due to hurricane Michael

In anticipation of Hurricane Michael and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain commercial motor carrier regulations for operators involved in relief efforts. Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver...

Bridging Kentucky: More than 1000 bridges across state will be restored over next six years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first step in a massive project to restore more than 1,000 bridges in Kentucky over the next six years is underway. 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Bridging Kentucky program is currently laying the groundwork for 2019 to be one of the busiest bridge-building years in the state’s history. 
Since the program was launched in June, teams have evaluated...

Federal extension allows continued use of current Kentucky driver’s licenses for air travel

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the Commonwealth a REAL ID extension to allow Kentuckians to use their current state driver’s license to board domestic flights and visit military bases. A Kentucky driver’s license, permit or identification card in the current and upcoming standard version will continue to be accepted by federal...

Kentucky chipping in to help those impacted by hurricane; discounts at parks, KYTC lifts restrictions

KyForward staff Kentucky agencies are offering relief to those fleeing areas in the path of Hurricane Florence or truck drivers headed to affected areas to deliver supplies. Kentucky State Resort Parks offering discounted rate for East Coast residents seeking shelter Kentucky State Resort Parks are offering a discounted rate of $49.95/night on lodge rooms to residents of any East Coast state seeking...

Transportation Cabinet waves certain motor carrier regulations in anticipation of hurricane Florence

In anticipation of Hurricane Florence and its potential to cause damage to the southeastern United States, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas has waived certain regulations on commercial motor carriers involved in the relief effort. Secretary Thomas issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected areas to deliver goods,...

KYTC announces major drivers license changes, introduces new voluntary travel ID credential

The credential Kentuckians rely on most to verify their identities will undergo major upgrades in 2019 to enhance security and to keep travelers on the move. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the launch of the Confident Kentucky initiative to improve the security of state driver’s licenses and introduce a new Voluntary Travel ID credential that meets federal standards...

Kentucky announces design improvements to disabled parking placards to curb fraud cases

Significant improvements are coming this fall to Kentucky’s familiar blue and red disabled parking placards, aimed at improving parking access for disabled populations and curbing potential fraudulent use. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing is working to implement software system, design and operational changes for the production and issuance of disabled placards...

Kentucky State Police partner with other state agencies to enforce ‘Move Over’ law this week

The Kentucky State Police has joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for enforcement of the ‘Move Over’ law this week. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police, Michigan State Police, and the West Virginia State Police. Kentucky’s ‘Move Over’ law is designed...

Transportation Department temporarily waives service hour restrictions on utility vehicles

As residents recover from damage caused by recent severe weather, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas today issued an official order waiving hours of service regulations for utility vehicles involved in power restoration and debris removal efforts in Kentucky. The order also includes commercial motor vehicles transporting relief supplies. Thomas issued the emergency declaration...

Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder forum in Ashland rescheduled; additional forum dates announced

A Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder advisory forum originally slated for Thursday, July 12 in Ashland is being rescheduled. The date, place and time of the Ashland forum will be announced later, according to program staff from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Please continue to check the program’s website, kentuckyhealth.ky.gov for updates about upcoming stakeholder forums and other information...

Adopt-a-Highway volunteers to ‘Summer Scrub’ roadsides; eligible for Beautify the Bluegrass contest

Throughout the Commonwealth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers will participate in the scheduled 2018 Summer Scrub cleanup between Monday, June 18, and Sunday, June 24. Volunteer groups are eligible to submit their Adopt-a-Highway projects for entry in Gov. Matt Bevin’s Beautify the Bluegrass contest, sponsored by Kentucky Living. Summer Scrub is an annual roadside...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

Carter, Rowan counties earn Best Maintained Rest Area Awards in KTC annual state competition

Offering the cleanest safe havens for road-weary motorists driving on the commonwealth’s interstates, two I-64 facilities in northeast Kentucky received the Best Maintained Rest Area Award today at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 19th annual recognition ceremony. The Carter County Eastbound I-64 Rest Area and the Rowan County Westbound I-64 Rest Area tied for the award, which is based on...

Kentucky earns national engineering award for design of Versailles Road interchange project

Representatives for the American Council of Engineering Companies and Louisville-based Qk4, Inc. presented the prestigious ACEC Engineering Award of Excellence to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet leaders during a ceremony in Frankfort this week for a roadway project that significantly improves safety and traffic flow in Lexington near the Keeneland Race Course. The ACEC national award recognizes the...

KYTC urges drivers to have a vested interest in work zone safety following spike in incidents in 2017

While motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of orange barrels on roadways as warm weather makes its way across the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hopes to see a decrease in the number of work zone related incidents in 2018 after a spike last year. With motorists being the primary victims of work zone injuries and fatalities, KYTC is driving attention to National...

Plan your summer road trip with the Transportation Cabinet’s 2018-2019 Kentucky Official Highway Map

(Click for Larger Image) Just in time for Kentucky visitors and residents to make spring road-trip plans, the Commonwealth’s new highway map beckons Bluegrass travelers to discover regional foodie adventures, experience Kentucky’s rich music culture and explore African-American heritage at historic sites around the state. The 2018-2019 Kentucky Official Highway Map – now available at rest areas,...

Adopt-a-Highway groups to give Kentucky roadsides a ‘Spring Clean’ in first cleanup outing of 2018

Thousands of volunteers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Adopt-a-Highway program will give the Commonwealth’s roadsides a “Spring Clean” from March 19-25 during the first cleanup outing of 2018. As Adopt-a-Highway groups remove unsightly litter to make way for spring flowers, green grass and budding trees, KYTC reminds motorists that when Adopt-a-Highway volunteers are present,...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews to begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds this month

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. The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets Johnson grass, giant foxtail, Canada thistle, nodding thistle, common teasel, multiflora rose, amur honeysuckle, poison hemlock,...

Transportation Cabinet asks organizations to glow orange during National Work Zone Awareness Week

The Bluegrass will soon be glowing orange with the help of local businesses shedding light on the importance of work zone safety. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) invites organizations and residents to pledge to light buildings, structures, bridges and homes in the color orange on Wednesday, April 11 as part of the “Glow Orange, Kentucky” initiative inspired by the nation’s observance...

Transportation Cabinet unveils newly redesigned, mobile optimized website to better serve users

After a year devoted to designing, developing and refreshing the appearance of its public-facing website, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials have unveiled the new look of its now mobile-friendly website, transportation.ky.gov. Established in 2003 and last overhauled in 2011, the website was due for an upgrade to better serve the 2.8 million annual visitors who use it to access information...