National infrastructure leaders visit Frankfort to spotlight Mountain Parkway Expansion

By Jeff Urbanchuk, ACEC A critical infrastructure project that will connect the state and unlock significant opportunities for economic development, jobs and opportunity for eastern Kentucky was showcased by the national Engineering and Public Works Roadshow today at an event in the rotunda of the New State Capitol Building.  The current Mountain Parkway Expansion fulfills a promise […]

Transportation Cabinet launches new online toolkit for understanding road designs

By Parry Barrows, Building Kentucky As part of their commitment to public engagement, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently launched a new online resource to help Kentuckians better understand road designs.  The SAFERoad Solutions online guide is a one-stop shop for learning about road topics ranging from roundabouts to RCUTs to complete streets. In total, […]

VIDEO: Transportation officials update public on Mountain Parkway Expansion

By Lilli Dubler, Building Kentucky The Mountain Parkway Expansion, a 46-mile transportation improvement project that will create a wider, safer connection between Eastern Kentucky and the rest of the Commonwealth, continues to progress in Wolfe and Magoffin counties. “Since last fall, there has been a lot of work that has been accomplished,” said Aric Skaggs, […]

Sherman Minton Renewal team engages with students at Grace James Academy

By Emma Collins, Building Kentucky Engineers with the Sherman Minton Renewal and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) recently teamed up with the Grace M. James Academy of Excellence to inspire the next generation of engineers. Project team members and coordinators from KYTC’s Kentucky Engineering Exposure Network (KEEN) met with students at the all girls STEAM […]

Residents review progress on high-priority Mountain Parkway expansion plan

By Genie Graf, Building Kentucky Area residents and interested parties gathered at a public information meeting to get the latest on one of Gov. Andy Beshear’s top transportation priorities – the Magoffin County-Floyd County segment of the long-awaited Mountain Parkway Expansion project. About 300 people attended the open-house-format meeting at Magoffin County High School in […]

Construction to begin on I-69 ORX Section 1 this summer

By Emma Collins, Building Kentucky Construction on Section 1 of the I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX) is scheduled to begin this summer following a groundbreaking in late June. This marks the next significant step forward in the highly anticipated project that will culminate in a new bridge to complete the I-69 connection between Kentucky […]

KYTC opens new I-65 interchange in Bullitt Co. creating important Shepherdsville link

By Nicole Childress, Building Kentucky A new interchange speeding up the connections in Bullitt County. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced the opening of I-65 Exit 114, linking businesses and residents in Shepherdsville to one of the most important interstates in the Commonwealth.  The new interchange is a crucial component in the effort to support the region’s […]

I-Move Kentucky completes first piece of transformative transportation project

By Rachel Nix, Building Kentucky I-Move Kentucky has opened a new collector-distributor (C-D) lane on I-71 facilitating ramp movements to and from I-265 this week. This marks a significant milestone in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s transformative project, which includes upgrades to I-71, I-265 and I-64 to improve safety and ease traffic flow. The new C-D lane is the […]

Op-Ed: COVID vaccine rollout shines light on importance of Kentucky’s transportation and logistics networks

By Jennifer Kirchner, Kentuckians For Better Transportation The following op-ed is written by Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of Kentuckians for Better Transportation. The need to move goods safely and expeditiously across a reliable transportation network has never been greater. The nation’s first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Louisville on Dec. 13 in what is being […]

Mountain Parkway Expansion keeps steady pace going into 2021

By Chelsea Spring, Building Kentucky 2020 was a year of great success for the Mountain Parkway Expansion project. In June, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) was awarded a $55 million federal INFRA grant that will help to fund what will be the fifth segment of the Mountain Parkway Expansion to go under construction—the Wolfe County segment. In doing so, […]

Perry County bridge looking for a new Kentucky home

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to replace a nearly century-old bridge in Jeff, Kentucky as part of the Bridging Kentucky initiative, a program focused on improving the safety and soundness of Kentucky’s most critical bridges. The existing bridge is a two-span pony truss bridge that carries Kenmont Road over the North […]

Local leaders outline Kentucky’s infrastructure needs as top legislative priority for 2021

By Hayley Robb, Building Kentucky In a recent webinar and transportation update hosted by Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT), eight local transportation leaders discussed the need for additional funding to spur economic growth and preserve Kentuckians’ quality of life. “It can be a downtown streetscape project, replacing an outdated rural bridge, or even just seeing a […]