Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say repairs to the Kennedy Memorial Bridge in Louisville should be finished this week, as the project moves into its final phase of construction.

Paving of the final asphalt surface on the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 is scheduled for this weekend. Southbound I-65 will be completely closed from I-64 in downtown Louisville to I-264 (mile points 136.4 to 131.2).  This road closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. EDT Friday, July 20, to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23.

Motorists traveling on Interstate 64 in Louisville will soon encounter another traffic change as construction continues on the I-64/I-65 interchange. The exit ramps from eastbound and westbound I-64 to southbound I-65 are scheduled for closure this weekend.

Kentucky Transportation Officials say lightning struck an oil well tank in Webster County late last night, igniting a fire that led to the temporary closure of U.S. 41. The state's Transportation Cabinet says the lid from one of the tanks was blown onto the nearby highway. No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident, which started shortly after 10 pm.

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close the eastbound Audubon Parkway Ramp Overpass to US 60 westbound at Owensboro at 7:00 p.m Friday evening. This ramp overpass closure at the Audubon Parkway Exit 24 Interchange with US 60 is for a deck rehab and overlay project.

Gas prices are getting ready to go up again in Kentucky. On July 1, the state's gas tax will increase 2.1 cents per gallon. That means motorists will be paying nearly 30 cents in Kentucky taxes for each gallon they purchase. The increase is automatic because the state's tax is tied to the average cost of wholesale gas, which has been rising.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says "Summer Scrub Week" starts today, and volunteers will be cleaning up roadsides across the state. Its part of a program that started in 1988.

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