LOUISVILLE – Transportation and law enforcement officials from Kentucky, Indiana and local governments Tuesday worked to shepherd an extraordinary volume of detoured traffic on the second work day following closure of the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. Officials used a variety of tools to keep traffic flowing including:
State officials say this evening’s commute from Louisville to Indiana was not as bad as they expected in the wake of the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Department of Transportation watched the commute via traffic cameras in MetroSafe. “Well, from what we can see on the Trimark cameras, traffic is moving so well that frankly it’s surprising,” he said.
Many Northern Kentucky legislators haven't decided whether to support the latest bills for expanded gambling, but they said they hope the next legislative session will lead to a resolution. A bill, pre-filed last week by state Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, would allow voters statewide to decide in November 2012 whether they want to amend the state constitution to make expanded gambling legal. If the amendment passes, another bill filed by Nemes would allow each county to decide through a local ballot issue whether to allow expanded gambling.
If a unification review commission is created, it will operate without the inclusion of Hardin County’s second-largest city. Radcliff City Council voted unanimously Monday to withdraw the city from further discussion about unification with the county and its five remaining cities. Hardin County United, a volunteer organization charged with examining the strategic goals of the 2010 Hardin County Vision Project, initiated the conversation based on a 2006 law that allows a county government to merge with one or more incorporated cities.
A veteran got the chance to take flight recently on an historical American aircraft. Richard Calland, 82, of Maysville, couldn't imagine a better way to spend a Friday afternoon than flying, or being around planes. For as long as Calland can remember, he's been enthralled by aircraft of all shapes and sizes. That's why his flight aboard a B-17G Flying Fortress was so special.
Work to widen a major artery in southwest Lexington is proceeding, but slower than commuters, construction workers and government officials had hoped. Crews have worked since the first of the year on the Clays Mill Road project. The relocation of utility lines occupied the first few months of 2011. After that, Lexington project manager Keith Lovan says wet weather slowed progress. Now, Lovan says they’re working to catch up.
Humana and UPS both say they’ll continue to monitor the effect the Sherman Minton Bridge closure has on their operations. Humana has around 1,900 Southern Indiana employees, most of whom work in Louisville, said Humana spokesman Marvin Hill. While it’s still too early to determine how many employees’ schedules will be affected, Hill said Humana will be listening to employees to make necessary changes to operations in the coming days.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges can handle the additional traffic load from the Sherman Minton Bridge. The Sherman Minton is closed indefinitely due to structural damage. The 80,000 cars that cross it daily are being rerouted to the two downtown bridges, which are already over capacity. (To see the traffic plan, click here.)
Several Hopkins County first responders served in the wars following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Madisonville Patrolman Bob Couchman began a tradition of displaying a flag he had flown in Iraq on Sept. 11 on a pole in front of his house.
Louisville - Indiana and Kentucky transportation and law enforcement officials announced traffic plans aimed at managing extraordinary traffic congestion on the first work day following Friday’s closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River between west Louisville and New Albany, Ind.
Names of the thousands of victims who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks ten years ago were read aloud Friday at the University of Kentucky. The ROTC's Perishing Rifles held its annual memorial vigil on the campus' main lawn. Cadet Josh Lynch is commander of the group. "We're trying to get awareness out to the campus. Some people tend to forget or just to help them remember."
Elected officials in Kentucky are split along party lines on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan. The president put forward a $450 billion proposal to create jobs. It calls for infrastructure spending, payroll tax cuts, an extension of unemployment benefits and reforms to Medicaid and Social Security.
Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible.
The 9-11 did not simply target the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nationwide, the threat was real. In Kentucky, southern governors who were here for a meeting sought safety. “We’re getting ourselves to try to take care of the governors that are here in the state and try to make sure government facilities are as secure as possible,” said then-Governor Paul Patton.
Kentuckians mostly witnessed the 9-11 terror attacks on television, but, follow-up attacks seemed probable, maybe even in Kentucky. So, like the rest of the nation, airspace over the Commonwealth was shut down. Runways in Louisville, Northern Kentucky and Lexington stood still and remained still for days. On 9-11, Bluegrass Airport spokesman Tom Tyra saw few stranded passengers. Not knowing what to expect, the airport and its airlines were working to quickly resume operations.
The Garrard County Public library board recently voted to raise taxes for the fourth year in a row. But, this time, residents and county officials rallied against the increase. About a dozen residents and two Fiscal Court magistrates attended the board’s mandatory tax hearing Tuesday and argued against the hike, which sets the new tax rate at 7.9 cents per $100 of real property.
Emergency officials from Whitley and McCreary counties had to use ropes and a basket to carry a 70-year-old woman up a 30-foot embankment off a trail at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park late Tuesday afternoon. The woman and her husband had been walking on a trail when she slipped down an embankment.
Hardin County law enforcement and emergency responders gathered Tuesday morning at Elizabethtown Fire Department Station 1 for a brief ceremony in remembrance of the attacks on 9/11 as the 10th anniversary draws closer. “We must not ever forget that day, especially the sacrifices made by all those who gave their lives that day,” Elizabethtown fire chief Mike Hulsey said.
They're staples of each trek down every open highway in the country: the interstate exit business signs. The ones that point you to the nearest gas station or restaurant. But how do they work? Which businesses are chosen? How much do they cost? And how often do they change? In Kentucky, the state has handed off the operation of the sign program to a private company, Kentucky Logos, and receives a portion of the sales. The company, which has handled the program since 1997, is a subsidiary of Interstate Logos, which handles similar programs in 22 of the 28 states that have privatized the service.
Pothole patching, sweeping, drain and ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night. Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.
One of the Kentucky Public Service Commission’s public meetings on proposed utility rate increases is scheduled for tonight in Louisville. Commissioners will give an educational presentation about the request, then take testimony from the public. Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities have requested that the PSC allow them to raise utility rates to pay for environmental upgrades to their power plants. LG&E estimates total electric bills will rise by about 19 percent by 2016 for their customers, and KU customers will see bills increase by about 12 percent.
Central Kentuckians who suffered through the sweltering heat of the past several days can take heart: Monday's high should be about 30 degrees lower than Saturday's. Saturday's high of 98 degrees in Lexington was 2 degrees shy of the record for the day, set in 1953, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville. It was the fourth straight day with a high in the 90s. But he said "the first powerful cold front" of the season is on the way.
An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday. His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum.
An Iraq War veteran is finishing an 8,000 mile hike around the U.S. that began in Louisville last year. Troy Yocum was 33 miles away from Louisville at noon on Thursday.His goal is to raise $5 million dollars for military families, he said. On Thursday he had crossed over the $500,000 mark and in on Sept. 14, sponsors are expected to donate additional money, said Yocum. The money he’s raising will funding wishes to military families through the program Wish Upon a Hero. He’s already helped around 60 people since April 2010 when he began, he said. One was the son of a fallen soldier who wished he could go to space to be close enough to heaven to see his dad.
In part one WEKU reported on the experiences and challenges for young people growing up gay in Kentucky. In part two, she examines the complex and sometimes acrimonious debate over fairness ordinances. They’re designed to protect Kentuckians from discrimination based on sexual preference or identity.
The mercury climbed to the mid-90s and higher today across the western two-thirds of Kentucky. The National Weather Service says we will be stuck with heat and high humidity through Sunday when a cold front will deliver scattered thunderstorms. The storms will drop temperatures down into the 80s.
The recognition of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks has also focused attention on emergency preparation. September has been proclaimed ‘preparedness month’ at both the national and state levels. Over the last ten years, Lexington director of the division of emergency management Pat Dugger says central Kentucky has built a good line of communications.