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Regional
5:00 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Interstate 65 Work In Hardin County Expected To Create Delays

Contract crews will begin repairs along concrete sections of Northbound Interstate 65 in Hardin County on Sunday night, requiring closure of two lanes. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued an advisory stating that only one lane will be available for northbound travel from mile point 101 (just south of KY 313/Joe Prather Highway) to mile point 103 (Rolling Fork River Bridge).

Work will take place from Sunday night through Thursday morning.  Lengthy delays are possible during this time, especially mid and late day.  Motorists should watch for stopped and slow moving traffic ahead.  Those who seek an alternate route may wish to use the following:

  • Exit 93 (Bluegrass Parkway), to exit 10 (KY 52  – Boston), to US 62, to KY 61 and rejoin I-65 in Lebanon Junction at the 105 interchange.

Work will not take place and all lanes will be open from Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon to better accommodate higher traffic volumes.

Northbound work will take approximately two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.  Once northbound work is complete, contract crews will switch repair operations to southbound lanes. 

Economy
4:56 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Budget Outlooks Improving in Kentucky and Tennessee

The budget outlooks in both Kentucky and Tennessee are healthier than they were this time last year. Kentucky Budget Director Jane Driskell announced Friday that the state’s general fund receipts for the first month of the fiscal year were up two-percent over July of last year.

Tennessee, meanwhile, has ended its budget year with a $42 million budget surplus, fueled partly by a nine-percent increase in the Volunteer State’s corporate tax receipts. Governor Bill Haslam’s office hasn’t said yet what he plans to do with the extra money.

Sports
10:54 am
Fri August 9, 2013

WKU Football to Play at Illinois in 2017

The WKU football team will play at Illinois in 2014 and 2017.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU is adding another major-conference opponent to its football schedule. Athletic Director Todd Stewart says the Hilltoppers will travel to the University of Illinois in 2017.

WKU already has a game at Illinois scheduled for 2014.

Stewart says playing road games against larger-conference foes is a major money-generator for the athletic program.

"It's still anywhere from a $800,000 to $1 million payday, and we need that money. But we'd like to have that game a little more regional, so that our fans can go to it."

Champaign, Illinois is a five hour drive from Bowling Green. WKU will receive $875,000 for next year's game vs. the Illini.

Stewart recently spoke to WKU Public Radio about his efforts to schedule fewer so-called "money games," but to have those revenue-generating contests be closer to southern Kentucky.

WKU plays the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville this season. UT is paying WKU $800,000 for that game Sept. 7.

You can see WKU's 2013-14 football schedule here.

Regional
8:39 am
Fri August 9, 2013

All Lanes of I-65 North at Horse Cave Now Open

Update at 9:12 a.m.:

All lanes of I-65 North in the Horse Cave area have been reopened following a single vehicle crash Friday morning.

Original post:

The Kentucky Department of Highways has issued a traffic advisory Thursday morning impacting motorists heading north on I-65:

A single vehicle crash on I-65 NB at MP 58 (just north of the KY 218 Horse Cave Exit) has the right lane closed at this time. This location is very close to the end of the construction zone Northbound. The lane closure will be in effect for approximately 2 to 3 hours while the passenger car is removed. No injuries were reported in association with this crash.

Motorists are encouraged to slow down and be cautious when traveling through this area of I-65.

Regional
2:50 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Vehicle Fire Leads to Closure of Northbound Natcher Lanes at Mile Point 10

Update at 4:11 p.m.:

All lanes of the Natcher Parkway are now clear following an afternoon vehicle fire at mile point 10.

Update at 3:13 p.m.:

The Northbound lanes of the Natcher Parkway are still blocked due to this vehicle fire. It is anticipated that it will take an additional 1 to 2 hours to re-open the lanes. Northbound traffic is being detoured onto US-231 toward Morgantown in the meanwhile.

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