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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...

KYTC launches new, more efficient online portal for overweight/over-dimensional permit requests

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has launched a new online system for issuing travel permits for overweight/over-dimensional (OW/OD) vehicle drivers. Using verified, real-time data, the program provides intelligent routing based on road closures, vehicle weight, and vehicle dimensions. It also features automated issuance for common permit types distributed by the Cabinet. “By moving the...

Enforcement begins in year-long campaign to cut down on speeding on stretch of I-75 in Kenton Co.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Don’t put the pedal to the metal in Northern Kentucky, as a year-long campaign against dangerous driving on Interstate 75 begins Oct. 1 in Kenton County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are partnering with four local law enforcement agencies to increase patrols from the Ohio River to...

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...