Cincinnati Enquirer

Putting “safety first,” the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

Below zero temperatures didn’t keep District 9 snow plow crews from their appointed rounds overnight.

Crews in Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan counties pushed as much snow as they could off back roads, cleaned up Priority A route medians and shoulders, replaced plow blades and did other maintenance work.

Kentucky Department of Transportation

State snow-fighters are preparing for more snow tonight even as they finish plow operations after a round of light snow blanketed northeast Kentucky early this morning.

Daily Courier

Preliminary figures indicate highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2017 to 770, down from 834 in 2016.

According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and the Kentucky State Police (KSP), this is Kentucky’s first roadway fatality decrease since 2013, when 638 fatalities were recorded.

KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter commends Kentuckians for taking responsibility behind the wheel.

ABC 12

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in response to the winter weather storm crossing the Commonwealth. 

The SEOC activated at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.  Additional state and private sector partners will be present during the continuing activation on Friday and thereafter as needed.

Editor's note: The following is provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State highways crews remain on salt truck duty this morning as a winter storm moves across the northeast Kentucky region.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports an embankment repair project will require the Kentucky Department of Highways to temporarily close KY 1013 in Fleming County for two weeks this month.

Beginning Monday, July 24, crews will close KY 1013 at the 13.1 milepoint – a half mile north of Rush Run Road – to excavate the roadway and repair a roadside slip. The road will remain closed, day and night, until about Aug. 4 or until work is complete.

AA Roads

Motorists using I-64 between Morehead and Ashland should expect intermittent shoulder and lane closures this summer for installation and repair of median cable barrier.

Cable barrier, a safety device that uses a fence-like structure of continuous steel cables to help prevent vehicles from crossing the median into opposing travel lanes, will be installed along 22 miles of I-64 from mile marker 137 at Morehead to mile marker 159 near Olive Hill in Carter County.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors continue to push ahead with construction on Restaurant Row, the busiest segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

“Now that spring and summer are approaching, work on Restaurant Row will kick into high gear,” said Marshall Carrier, a KYTC engineer who is the project manager for the Mountain Parkway Expansion. “We urge travelers to use caution and be patient as we bring them a safer Mountain Parkway.”

Kentucky Department of Transportation

While most high water left by Wednesday's severe storms has receded, state highway crews continue to clean up roadways across northeast Kentucky today.

Work includes plowing debris off travel lanes, cleaning ditchlines and culverts, cutting back overhanging trees, fixing darkened signals and general debris cleanup. Motorists should slow down and give crews and equipment room to work. One-lane traffic is possible in hard-hit areas.

As of 11 a.m., traffic impacts still affecting highways in Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 include:


2017 Kentucky Official Highway Map is Now Available

Feb 27, 2017

Featuring the Commonwealth's expansive waterways, Kentucky's new road maps will create quite a splash in the upcoming travel season.

The 2017 Official Highway Map – now available at rest areas, welcome centers, local convention and tourism offices and all Kentucky state parks– provides more than directions for its readers. 


A $1.2 million project to upgrade and paint three bridges in Carter and Rowan counties will start this month.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, repair crews are replacing joints and performing other work on the KY 1274 bridge over the Licking River at the Rowan-Menifee county line (milepoint 0). The work will reduce the bridge to one-lane for at least the next two weeks, with temporary signals controlling traffic across the bridge in both directions. Motorists should expect delays. Message boards will be used to warn travelers.

Butler County Engineer's Office

Kentucky state snowfighters are preparing for winter weather duty across northeast Kentucky.

Today, Friday, Jan. 27, crews will pretreat roadways in advance of possible weekend snow by applying brine, or saltwater, to travel lanes. The water evaporates, leaving lines of salt crystals on the pavement that mix with ice or snow to prevent freezing, which assists with snow-removal efforts.


Drivers traveling in Louisville and Southern Indiana need to prepare for the start of tolling on three Ohio River bridges. Tolling on the Louisville – Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project is scheduled to begin Friday, December 30. 

Tolled bridges include the two I-65 bridges connecting Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana, the new Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the improved John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. The new East End bridge connecting the Gene Snyder Freeway in Prospect, Ky. with State Road 265 in Utica, Ind. will also be tolled. 


Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways and by-ways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The eastbound exit ramp from the Mountain Parkway to KY 30 will be closed through 9 a.m. Monday, September 12.

The closure will allow crews to remove the existing ramp and build a new one. Signs and message boards will alert travelers of the closure.

Eastbound vehicles needing to access KY 30 may use the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75), re-enter the Mountain Parkway heading west and then exit onto KY 30.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Arrows will point the way to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet traffic changes in the Morehead area this week.

On Cranston Road (KY 377) approaching the KY 32 intersection, crews have installed new arrow markings on the pavement to create dual left-turn lanes.

Inside Indiana Business

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Bath County will receive $18,900 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

The money will be used for slip or slide repairs on North Lick Branch Road (CR 1027) between mile points 1.2 and 1.209. The Bath County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet also announced that Fleming County will receive $35,200 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

Find The Company

The public is invited to join elected officials and guests Friday, July 1, for the dedication of two highway signs honoring Rowan County veterans.


In action by the 2016 General Assembly, state legislators have designated nearly six miles of KY 32 from the Fleming-Rowan county line to I-64 as “Veterans Avenue” and have designated KY 3531, which crosses KY 32 to Old Cranston Road in Morehead as “American Legion Way.”


Kentucky Department of Transportation

Contractors will temporarily close KY 435 on the Fernleaf-Germantown side of the AA Highway intersection for the next four weeks.

On Thursday, April 14, the road will be barricaded near milepoint 0.6, just south of the AA Highway (KY 9), and the following detours established:

-Northbound KY 435 thru traffic from the KY 10 intersection at Fernleaf must use KY 10 to the AA Highway (KY 9), then take the AA (KY 9) north to access KY 435 toward Minerva.


If your daily drive involves the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge (KY 10) across the locks and dam in Greenup County, you might want to rethink your route the next couple of months.

Beginning Monday, April 12, contractors will restrict the Ohio River crossing to one-lane so old expansion joints can be safely replaced, which will mean traffic delays.

The joints – important components that allow the bridge to expand and contract with temperature changes – have deteriorated over the years, causing potholes and rough driving conditions across the structure’s concrete surface.


(Editor's note: The following report was provided by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

The Mountain Parkway Expansion is a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth.

The project will widen 30 miles of the existing parkway from two lanes to four lanes, and will extend the parkway another 16 miles between Salyersville and Prestonsburg.

The eastbound I-64 rest area in Rowan County at mile marker 141 will be closed to all tractor trailer and other commercial traffic beginning Monday, Feb. 15.

Concrete pavement repairs require the truck parking area behind the rest area facilities to be closed for several days, or until repairs are complete. The passenger car access and parking area in front of facilities will remain open, but cannot accommodate tractor trailers, buses and similarly sized vehicles.

Message boards have been placed on the interstate to alert traffic.

IMG Arcade

In anticipation of severe weather in the forecast for this week and its potential to cause damage, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has waived certain highway restrictions for out-of-state utility vehicles traveling nationally to areas with widespread power outages.

Secretary Mike Hancock today issued the emergency declaration that provides temporary regulatory relief for crews heading to the affected locations. 

Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

One week after announcing his goal to build an interstate-quality highway between Prestonsburg and Beckley, W.Va., Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo and three other House leaders discussed an even larger goal this afternoon during meetings with U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Washington, D.C.  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner attended the meeting with Rep. Rogers.

Office of the Kentucky House Speaker

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced today (June 2) that he is calling for a new extension of the Mountain Parkway into West Virginia, to “unlock the potential of our regions vibrant workforce.”

In a letter to each member of the Kentucky and West Virginia Congressional delegations, and both states’ governors, Speaker Stumbo championed the major new expansion.

“Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia share a vibrant workforce that is united in providing the finest quality labor anywhere,” said Stumbo.

Federal Highway Administration

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet safety project to better mark curves along northeast state highways is now under way in Rowan, Lewis, Carter, Greenup and Boyd counties.

The project, part of the cabinet’s Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), will install new “horizontal alignment signs” along seven state roads identified as having a history of roadway departure crashes. The signs include highly-reflective chevrons marking the direction of curves as well as suggested speed limit signs.


Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth – the second such declaration in less than a month. 

“Two significant winter storms nearly back-to-back are rare in Kentucky, and pose a challenge for our emergency management teams, road crews and local emergency responders. This emergency declaration will allow us to deploy any needed state assistance, including National Guard troops if necessary, without delay,” said Gov. Beshear.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Update as of 6am, Thursday, March 5 for the Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 including the counties of Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet road crews have been on the road in plow trucks all night and are still plowing and salting as needed - concentrating on I-64, AA Highway, US 23, US 60 and other main Priority A routes - but snow continues to fall at such a rate that snow is piling up behind plows and creating completely covered, slick roads across the district.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet wants to know how best to improve your drive between Vanceburg and Morehead.

And, to answer that question, engineers are now gathering information about the KY 59-KY 344-KY 377 state highway corridor that links the AA Highway (KY 9) at Vanceburg in Lewis County to Big Perry Road (KY 799) at Triplett in northern Rowan County.