Year in photos: Best images of 2021 shot in Kentucky

Photos by Kaitlin Keane and Steven Richard, Building Kentucky

From establishing a bat-friendly bridge to celebrating 100 years of Kentucky real estate, this year has not been short of milestones to celebrate. While filled with immense change and shifts in the way we live, work and play, Kentucky heads into 2022 with much more in store!

Mountain Parkway

Crews prepare to set beams for new 380-foot bridges along the Mountain Parkway Expansion project in eastern Kentucky. Construction began on the parkway’s Magoffin County West segment in 2019 and is expected to be complete in 2023.

Bristol Group

Bristol Group is a design-build commercial construction firm and manufacturer of precast concrete wall panels.

Sherman Minton Renewal

Phase 1 of the Sherman Minton Renewal project began in September 2021 and is expected to last until early to mid-2022. This phase will involve painting, deck replacement on the lower deck and steel repairs as needed while the deck is removed.

MedQuest College

MedQuest College Louisville Campus graduates celebrated commencement with an outdoor ceremony in June 2021.

Maryhurst and First Lady Britainy Beshear

First Lady Britainy Beshear joined Maryhurst and Anthem Kentucky Medicaid to celebrate a holiday art gallery helping young survivors of abuse reflect on the past year and express their hopes for the future.

I-Move Kentucky

I-Move Kentucky is a $180 million investment in Oldham and Jefferson counties that will add travel lanes and revamp congested interchanges to improve safety along Interstate 265 (Gene Snyder Freeway), Interstate 71 and Interstate 64.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Construction workers for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet repair pavement on sections of the Shawnee Expressway (I-264) in Louisville.


Frankfort became the state capital of Kentucky in 1792 after pledging more manpower toward the construction of a statehouse than any other city.

Bridging Kentucky

Overcoming an infrastructure and environmental dilemma, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) project team designed the state’s first-ever bat-friendly bridge. The intentional gaps between the bridge beams have proven to be an attractive place for endangered gray bats to roost, while still serving as a safe crossing for motorists.

Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development

Hazard, Kentucky is nestled in between the mountains of eastern Kentucky and home to several manufacturing plants like Dajcor Aluminum Inc., an aluminum extrusion facility.

River Ridge Commerce Center

River Ridge Commerce Center is a global business park, office and research campus, and megasite near all major modes of transportation.

Republic Bank

Republic led a unique partnership with nine community banks to fill the funding gap for the new Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in Louisville.


An outrider and his horse watch over morning workouts at Keeneland.

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe is a fantastic example of Kentucky innovation and entrepreneurship. The woman-owned small business processes and exports fish, including invasive Asian Carp, internationally from its western Kentucky facility.

Kentucky REALTORS®

Cheers to 100 years! Kentucky REALTORS® kick off the association’s centennial year with a champagne toast.

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