When the river level exceeds 40 feet at Evansville, floodwaters block the ability of deer to move through the river bottoms beneath the US 41 Twin Bridges and forces the deer to congregate in Audubon State Park. Once the herd reaches sufficient numbers, the deer feel compelled to cross US 41 through traffic between the park entrance at mile point 17.8 and the KY 414/Stratman Road/Wolf Hills Road intersection at mile point 18.5. KYTC personnel have placed a message board in this area to alert northbound traffic to his hazard.
This morning the Evansville gage was at 40.8 ft. The river forecast is for it to remain above 40 ft. for about the next week, so the hazard created by deer crossing the roadway in this area will remain with us until the river drops sufficiently to allow deer to return to their normal travel path.
KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET
MARCH 10, 2015
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews across Western Kentucky are on alert and prepared to respond to a winter storm that expected to sweep across the region tonight and into Monday. The National Weather Service at Paducah has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 6 p.m., today, through 6 p.m., Monday, with accumulations in the 6 inch range for most of the area.
Due to extreme cold temperatures accompanying this system, motorists should be fulling prepared for hazardous driving conditions for about the next 3 to 4 days. The cold temperatures will mean a flat tire or dead battery that might normally be an inconvenience can become a life-threatening situation very quickly. If you plan to travel, even short distances, make sure you are fully prepared for the extreme conditions. Wear clothing appropriate for the temperature and weather conditions.
If you have an extended commute and feel compelled to try to make it to work, please consider planning to stay at a site closer to your workplace. You should also consider carrying emergency food and water supplies, as well as taking extra clothes in case you are unable to make it home.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn is optimistic Interstate 69 can be extended up the Pennyrile Parkway from Madisonville to Henderson by the end of the year.
During McClearn’s recent presentation to the Madisonville Lions Club, members had questions about changes to exit numbers along the route. McClearn said I-69 will bring new numbers to all exits along the Pennyrile from Mortons Gap to Henderson.
“We plan to meet the requirements mapped out in an official agreement between KYTC and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to allow us to place I-69 signs along 41.8 miles of the Pennyrile, allowing it to officially become a part of the Interstate system,” McClearn said. “Once we have our list of projects completed or under contract, we can request approval to move ahead with the required signage and new exit numbers. We expect to gain that approval this summer.”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict southbound traffic to one lane on the US 41 Twin Bridges between Henderson and Evansville on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Southbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting about 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday, to allow maintenance work on the handrail along the bridge deck.
All southbound traffic will move to the right-hand or driving lane in this work zone. This southbound lane restriction is expected to be in place until approximately 3:00 p.m., CST, Tuesday. Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.
KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET
JANUARY 23, 2015
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict northbound traffic to one lane on the US 41 Twin Bridges between Henderson and Evansville on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
Northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting about 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday, to allow maintenance work on a utility catwalk beneath the bridge deck. All northbound traffic will move to the left-hand or passing lane in this work zone. This northbound lane restriction is expected to be in place until approximately 3:00 p.m., CST, Tuesday.
Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. This work is scheduled on a weather permitting basis.
KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET
JANUARY 17, 2015
With temperatures expected to drop into the teens and wind-chill factor below zero, something as simple as a flat tire, running out of gas, a dead battery or other mechanical issue can become a life-threatening situation. The drop in temperatures also means Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Safe Patrol personnel are expanding their hours of operation for the next day or two. Safe Patrol units cruise interstates and parkways across the region assisting motorists who may have breakdowns and other travel issues.
The expanded operating hours are aimed at providing an increased level of safety for travelers during the extreme cold, according to Safe Patrol Western Division Manager J.D. Lee.
“Our Safe Patrol operators will be expanding their hours today and tonight, as well as Thursday. Our operators will also be prepared to respond to emergencies quickly during their off-hours,” Lee said.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to place a southbound lane restriction on the US 41 Twin Bridges at Henderson on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The lane restriction for southbound traffic on the US 41 Twin Bridges starting at 9:00 a.m., CST, is to allow the repair of a large pothole in the driving surface of the passing lane. This southbound work zone will be shorter than traditional work zones on the Twins and is expected to be of fairly short duration, perhaps as short as a couple of hours.
Starting at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, all traffic will move to the right-hand or driving lane on the southbound bridge. Again, this work zone is expected to be in place for a couple of hours at most. Motorists should use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and personnel are along the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow.
As we approach the end of 2014, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding drivers to use caution behind the wheel to avoid becoming a statistic. Kentucky traffic fatality numbers are on tract to edge above the 2013 fatality count.
As of Christmas Eve, there had been 632 highway deaths in 2014. That compares to 628 for the same date last year. The end of year total for 2013 was 638, putting fatalities within 6 of going over last year's number with just a week to go until the new year. Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says a number of factors are likely responsible for the upturn.
"It may sound odd, but the lower price of gasoline is likely a player in the higher numbers," Todd said. "Cheaper gas means more people driving more miles, creating the opportunity for more crashes. When gas prices were higher folks were likely limiting their driving miles and that helped to drive down fatalities."