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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2018, 09:30:40 PM »

As of Friday (southbound):

69 to 64.5 - it's done with 3 lanes open until construction zone begins

64.5 to 60.1 - 2 lanes split configuration, rockwork being done on west side, one lane of pavement done.

60.1 to 55.3 - 2 lanes together on outer edges new pavement, center concrete barrier partially complete as more was being formed into place

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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #26 on: December 27, 2018, 10:09:12 AM »

Long term plans for I-75 say 6 lanes from Cincy to Tennessee.

I-71 should be getting 5 miles of 6 lane from the Snyder to Crestwood. Heard going to bid in 19.

I-265 aka the Snyder is up for 6 lanes from I-71 to Taylorsville road. This is a HOT project with Ford's big Kentucky Truck Plant in that area. Kentucky Truck employs 10k with 80k average salaries. Look for bids in 19.

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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #27 on: December 27, 2018, 11:50:29 AM »

Long term plans for I-75 say 6 lanes from Cincy to Tennessee.

I-71 should be getting 5 miles of 6 lane from the Snyder to Crestwood. Heard going to bid in 19.

I-265 aka the Snyder is up for 6 lanes from I-71 to Taylorsville road. This is a HOT project with Ford's big Kentucky Truck Plant in that area. Kentucky Truck employs 10k with 80k average salaries. Look for bids in 19.

If they don't rebuilt the cloverleaf at I-64, it's wasted money.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2018, 02:55:26 PM »

Saw projects on the STIP for upgrades on the I-265/I-64 interchange.

It's a dangerous one.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2018, 02:16:59 AM »

New Circle could use a widening
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #30 on: December 31, 2018, 09:52:40 PM »

New Circle could use a widening
Speaking of New Circle, anybody have anything to report on the NW quadrant thatís being widened now?
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2019, 10:23:23 PM »

I-64 between downtown and I-264 hands down.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2019, 12:00:27 PM »

I-64 between downtown and I-264 hands down.

The tunnel would make that difficult.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2019, 02:36:47 PM »

I-64 between downtown and I-264 hands down.

The tunnel would make that difficult.

Yes, the best option would be improvements to I-71 inside the Watterson.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #34 on: January 05, 2019, 11:11:20 AM »

I-64 between downtown and I-264 hands down.

The tunnel would make that difficult.

Yes, the best option would be improvements to I-71 inside the Watterson.

Indeed, there is only one measly little exit for Zorn Ave on 71 b/w Spaghetti Jct and Watterson.  Would be a relatively easy widening project as widening projects go.

Might also be a good idea to add a flyover for traffic going from Watterson westbound to 64 eastbound.  I could see this being a bottleneck if enough traffic takes 71 as a 64 alternative in the future, and ensure 64 is close to 10 lanes from Watterson to probably Blankenbaker, then of course 6 lanes to Lexington.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2019, 01:10:20 PM »

Saw projects on the STIP for upgrades on the I-265/I-64 interchange.

It's a dangerous one.

KYTC released alternates yesterday of this one. I personally prefer 1A. Both alternate 3ís still have one weaving section.
https://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictFive/Pages/Interstate-64-at-Interstate-265-Interchange-Reconstruction.aspx
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #36 on: January 05, 2019, 03:53:31 PM »

What are the heaviest movements? Iím surprised all of the loop ramps arenít being removed in any of the alternates.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2019, 04:45:33 PM »

What are the heaviest movements? Iím surprised all of the loop ramps arenít being removed in any of the alternates.

AM: North to West, South to West
PM: East to North, East to South

Overall heaviest is east to north, in my opinion.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2019, 08:14:24 PM »

What are the heaviest movements? Iím surprised all of the loop ramps arenít being removed in any of the alternates.

AM: North to West, South to West
PM: East to North, East to South

Overall heaviest is east to north, in my opinion.

East to north in the AM is a cluster foxtrot, based on my experience with it several years ago.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2019, 08:29:29 PM »

What are the heaviest movements? Iím surprised all of the loop ramps arenít being removed in any of the alternates.

AM: North to West, South to West
PM: East to North, East to South

Overall heaviest is east to north, in my opinion.

East to north in the AM is a cluster foxtrot, based on my experience with it several years ago.

It may be hard to imagine but the PM rush is even worse. With the loop ramp traffic backing up to at least Blankenbaker (KY 913).
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #40 on: January 05, 2019, 10:12:08 PM »

Saw projects on the STIP for upgrades on the I-265/I-64 interchange.

It's a dangerous one.

KYTC released alternates yesterday of this one. I personally prefer 1A. Both alternate 3ís still have one weaving section.
https://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictFive/Pages/Interstate-64-at-Interstate-265-Interchange-Reconstruction.aspx

I like both 1 and 1A, with 1A being the slight favorite. I agree with you regarding the alternate 3's. Those directional ramps for the Alternative 1's are kind of unique looking.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2019, 09:32:54 AM »

Saw projects on the STIP for upgrades on the I-265/I-64 interchange.

It's a dangerous one.

KYTC released alternates yesterday of this one. I personally prefer 1A. Both alternate 3ís still have one weaving section.
https://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictFive/Pages/Interstate-64-at-Interstate-265-Interchange-Reconstruction.aspx

I like both 1 and 1A, with 1A being the slight favorite. I agree with you regarding the alternate 3's. Those directional ramps for the Alternative 1's are kind of unique looking.

A similar flyover ramp was done by KYTC on New Circle (KY 4) at Versailles Road (US 60) in Lexington two years ago.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2019, 05:17:32 PM »

US 25 from Lexington to Ironworks Pike needs widening bad.

Seams to be so many wrecks in the Lexington/Richmond area and not any good alternatives if 64/75 have to be closed.

I am originally from Indiana and there was always good alternatives if any interstate was closed.

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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #43 on: December 28, 2019, 03:32:11 PM »

I was trying to find info on whether ot not the I-75 MP 69-55 widening is completed yet, and was pleasantly surprised to find out about 2 new widening projects further south that have already started.

MP 33-29 started in the spring, and will extend the 6 laning the farthest south thus far on I-75 in KY, to the northern Corbin exit
https://www.wtvq.com/2019/04/16/75-widening-project-laurel-co-begin-april-22/

MP 49-40 just started in November, and will fill the last gap that exists between two 6 lane segments
https://www.lex18.com/traffic/i-75-widening-project-in-laurel-county-begins-nov-4
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #44 on: January 02, 2020, 11:48:58 PM »

Oh my this thread is a great idea! Where do I even start... how about we widen...

All of them.  :nod:
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #45 on: January 03, 2020, 01:36:01 PM »

There is a proposal to widen the I-75/I-64 concurrency from 6 to 8 lanes:

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Widening-project-planned-for-I-75-and-I-64-split--564077851.html
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #46 on: January 04, 2020, 05:03:55 PM »

I can't get a current image on Google so I'm wondering if the US68/KY80 Land Between the Lakes bridges are being replaced with 4 lanes or just wider 2 lane bridges?
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2020, 05:39:02 PM »

I can't get a current image on Google so I'm wondering if the US 68/KY 80 Land Between the Lakes bridges are being replaced with 4 lanes or just wider 2 lane bridges?

FIFY.

And yes, the new bridges are four lanes with a shared use bike-hiking lane. The Kentucky Lake bridge has been open for a few years, and I think the Lake Barkley bridge is done now.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #48 on: January 06, 2020, 02:58:21 PM »

What does need to be finished is the London-to-Ashland corridor. KY 30 from Tyner to Levi, KY 11 from Levi to Beattyville, KY 715 from Zachariah to Pine Ridge, and KY 7 from north of West Liberty to Sandy Hook and a short section near Grayson Lake. Part of KY 7 in Elliott County is now under construction.

Major gravedig and arguably off topic, but I feel like writing about what I've found messing around with Google Maps in eastern Kentucky. 

I Googled London to Ashland, and this route came up as the second choice behind I-75, KY 627, and I-64. It's currently 28 minutes longer but 13 miles shorter. Not bad. The average speed is over 50mph compared to 62 on the Interstates+ route, which also really isn't bad. When the improvements that HB mentioned are done, the route might be of equal merit to the 75-627-64 route, despite that probably not being an explicit goal of the project.

Oh: According to Google, new KY 30 from near KY 847 to KY 11 at Levi is open. That's 5.4 miles.

I also checked Lexington to Wytheville, VA. The Interstates are the quickest way, but the second choice is KY 15 through Hazard, then US 23 and US 58 Alt. to I-81. the KY 15 route is about  20minutes longer, but 20 miles shorter, and of course avoids the tolls on the WV Turnpike. KY 15 looks squiggly on the map, but a lot of it has been improved over the years. The average speed on KY 15 from Jackson to Pound Gap is 49mph, compared to 55mph on the whole route, including 110 miles on Interstates and Mountain Parkway.

So, freeways, expressways and APD-type highways aren't everything. Not everything worth building looks good on a map.
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Re: Roads in Kentucky that need to be improved or widened
« Reply #49 on: January 06, 2020, 11:51:59 PM »

I-64 in Louisville every one argues it can't be done because of the tunnels. Well widen everything but the tunnels no reason why they can't do that. Kentucky is the state notoriously known for widening rural freeways while ignoring urban ones.
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