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Environment
4:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Against Residents’ Wishes 250-Year-Old Burr Oak Tree Cut Down On Lake Barkley Bridge Easement

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A rare burr oak tree in Canton was cut down this weekend to make way for the new Lake Barkley bridge, upsetting some Trigg County residents.

They had worked with Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander to save the 250 year old tree. But Alexander says the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ultimately had to cut down the tree for the project.

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Government
10:49 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Transportation Cabinet Warns Drivers To Watch Out For Potholes While It Works To Fill Them

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With the arrival of drier weather, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has crews out with the drier weather working on potholes created after the past few weeks’ large swings in temperature and winter storms.

KYTC Spokesperson Keith Todd says it’s usual for crews to be busy filling holes in March and April but recent weather has been ideal for create the pesky holes.

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Society
10:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Hundreds Stuck on I-24, National Guard to Help

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  UPDATE 10:55 a.m.: McCracken County Emergency Management director Jerome Mansfield says Kentucky State Police and the McCracken County Sheriff's Department have extended the I-24 closure to mile marker 7 at Lourdes Hospital. Mansfield says this move will help crews clear I-24 more efficiently.

Kentucky State Police say hundreds of drivers are stranded on a more than 80-mile stretch of Interstate 24.

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Infrastructure
6:20 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Returns

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The Dorena-Hickman Ferry resumed operation at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, after being closed for nearly two months. The ferry closed November 18th, with officials thinking it would be out of operation for a few weeks. Instead, the closure lasted over two months.

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Infrastructure
12:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

KYTC Crews Prepare Roads for Winter Weather This Week

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are pre-treating roads in anticipation of snow later this week.

The National Weather Service in Paducah calls for a 30 percent chance of wintery precipitation tomorrow and Thursday and a greater chance on Friday.

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Government
3:33 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

KYTC and KSP Combat Copper Wire Theft on State Highways

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police have joined forces to combat the rising number of copper wire thefts from highway lights.

The KSP are offering up to $2,500 for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. These incidents have cost taxpayers at least $2,000,000 in just the last four years. 

KYTC Spokesman Keith Todd says there’s more to the issue than just money.

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Infrastructure
7:28 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Hopkins County Interchange Nears Completion

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers report work on the new full-flow interchange connecting Interstate 69 with the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County is about 60 percent complete. The interchange is one of about 10 major construction projects expanding the footprint of I-69 through Kentucky. 

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Government
12:11 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

VIDEO: Final Ledbetter Bridge Span Demolished

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Contractors have demolished the third and final span of the Old Ledbetter Bridge with explosives.

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Infrastructure
6:28 am
Fri September 5, 2014

First Section of Old Ledbetter Bridge Truss to be Demolished

Demolition continues on the old Ledbetter Bridge.
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The first truss section of the old Ledbetter Bridge is scheduled for demolition next week, weather permitting. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says C.J. Mahan Construction Company will bring down the bridge’s left descending truss using controlled explosives Thursday September 11.

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Infrastructure
9:22 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Old Ledbetter Bridge Partially Collapses, KYTC to Conduct Investigation

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports that part of the Old Ledbetter Bridge over the Tennessee River collapsed early this morning. 

Kentucky State Police contacted KYTC engineers with word that the two land-based piers at the west end of the structure and the 3 approach spans supported on the McCracken County side of the river had dropped to the ground around 2:10 AM Sunday. 

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