Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Regional
11:19 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Debate Over Ohio River Bridges Tolls Continues as Bi-State Committee Meets

Progress is being made on the Ohio River Bridges project.
Credit OxBlue

After delaying action on toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project last week, the bi-state committee in charge of setting rates will meet Wednesday to finish the job.

It was a surprise to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock last week, when Indiana officials said they weren’t ready to approve tolls.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield said the delay shouldn’t be considered opposition to the suggested tolls rates, ranging from one to twelve dollars. He said it was just a matter of getting paperwork together.

Hancock was concerned though, and said Kentucky needs to set toll rates to find investors for  its portion of the project’s cost.

“As interest rates go up obviously over a 35 year term of a financing deal that amounts to serious money, whether that’s millions I’m quite sure probably is," said Hancock.

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Regional
10:10 am
Thu March 14, 2013

I-65 North Lanes in Hart County Cleared Following Early Morning Wreck

Update at 10:15 a.m.:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has given the all-clear following Thursday morning's accident on I-65 in Hart County.

All lanes and the exit ramp of Northbound I-65 are open at Exit 71 in Hart County following a multi-commercial vehicle and personal vehicle crash that occurred around 4 a.m. central.

Original post:

An early morning wreck on I-65 north in Hart County has reduced the interstate to one lane. The accident involving a multi-commercial vehicle and personal vehicle took place around 4 a.m. local time.

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Politics
7:12 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Bill Would Allow Public-Private Partnerships For Big Construction Projects in Kentucky

The Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky

State Rep. Sannie Overly has filed a bill that will allow the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to explore public-private partnerships to help construction projects with big price tags.

The bill doesn't specifically name any projects, but Kentucky currently has multiple instances where the bill could help work start, namely the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and Interstate 69 in western Kentucky.

Overly, a Paris Democrat, said the goal is to help the state have one more avenue to help fund its infrastructure projects.

"This bill is not designed for any one particular project, it is really nothing more than an additional tool in the toolbox of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet," she said.

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Regional
8:33 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Winning Firm Picked for Massive Ohio River Bridges Project

An artist's rendering of what the Ohio River bridges project would look like upon completion.

Kentucky transportation officials say a team headed by Chicago firm Walsh Construction Co. is the apparent winner of bidding to build a new bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. The Transportation Cabinet said the proposals were scored Thursday in Frankfort.

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Regional
7:48 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Beshear Signs Order Expediting Emergency Relief

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an executive order directing the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to expedite the transportation of emergency supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy. The order directs the cabinet to waive special registration and permit requirements for vehicles carrying relief supplies such as food, water and medicine.

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Regional
10:28 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Tells Feds of Steps Taken on Collapsed Bridge

Kentucky's top transportation official has told the National Transportation Safety Board that navigation lights on bridges are working properly and that workers who inspect and maintain the lights are properly trained.

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Regional
7:57 am
Tue August 28, 2012

More Repairs Needed on I-65 Bridge over Ohio River

Kentucky transportation officials say there's more work needed on the Interstate 65 bridge over the Ohio River between Louisville and southern Indiana. The Courier-Journal reports that two more repairs are needed, including fixing a possible crack that may be expanding.

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Regional
12:00 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Effort Underway to Halt Potential Fake IDs in Kentucky

Kentucky driver's licenses are getting some security upgrades, and circuit court clerks' offices will be installing new equipment to implement the improvements. The Transportation Cabinet says the new license has multiple layers of security features to make it harder for counterfeiters to produce fake IDs.

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Regional
8:58 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Feds Give the OK to Financing Plans for Louisville-Indiana Bridges Project

This is an artist's vision of what the new Ohio River bridges would look like.

The Federal Highway Administration has approved financing, management and tolling plans for the Ohio River bridges connecting Louisville and southern Indiana.

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Regional
8:05 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Traffic Advisory Issued for Motorists in Henderson-Evansville Region

Motorists traveling between Henderson and Evansville, Ind., on the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges will encounter some lane restrictions this week. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on Monday and Tuesday for deck cleaning and maintenance.

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