Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

An innovative interchange in Lexington is getting national attention.  The traffic flow strategy was recognized this week in Frankfort.

The American Council of Engineering Companies award recognizes the redesign of the Versailes Road-New Circle Road interchange.  The Louisville-based Qk4 engineering consulting firm incorporated a unique design aimed at resolving safety issues at exchange.  The Versailles Road interchange is the second Kentucky project earning the national American Council of Engineering Companies award of excellence honor.

The toll of winter-time freezing and thawing on area roads is making itself seen and felt throughout the Commonwealth.  Potholes are popping up along interstates and secondary roads at this time of year. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Affairs Director Naitore Djigbenou says it’s been an active season of freezing and thawing within the pavement. “This year has definitely been a harsher winter than the previous year, so anecdotally yes we’ve seen more potholes.  We’ll be able to know that conclusively at the end of our snow and ice season,” said Djigbenou.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

State transportation funds of $75,000 will be used to stabilize and support a historic Kentucky bridge damaged by floodwaters this summer.

More substantial repairs will be done later on Mason County’s Dover Covered Bridge.

State Releases Highway Project Priority List

Jun 27, 2017

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is releasing a list of statewide projects to help in the development of the next highway plan. 

Regional transportation leaders are being asked to help prioritize road projects.

Bluegrass citizens heading to Eastern Kentucky this Thanksgiving weekend may find travel different than last year.  Construction teams and local residents near Salyersville are celebrating the completion of a two-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

Project Manager Marshall Carrier said it’s an eye-catcher.  “When you get into the Gifford Road area,” he said, “the world opens up and it really looks like a whole other part of the world for the people that are accustomed to coming through that particular corridor."

Crews battling wildfires in southeastern Kentucky are seeing progress but travel in smoky areas remains a concern.

Kentucky Division of Forestry Spokesman Mark Weidewitsch calls the current firefighting strategy as in the “mop up stage.”  With weekend rains and a little more forecast for midweek, Weidewitsch hopes state personnel can be relieved and only local crews will be needed to fight fires by Thanksgiving.