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First round of work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to future I-165 Spur starting in Ohio County and Daviess County No major traffic impact expected until July 23   HARTFORD, Ky. (July 12, 2018) – Work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to allow it to eventually become the Interstate 165 Spur will ramp up in coming weeks in Ohio County and Daviess County. Preliminary work – with minimal impact on passing traffic – is starting this week along right of way. Work will increase to full construction the week of July 23.   The work zone runs along the Natcher Parkway from milepoint 37.143 at the Ohio-Butler County line extending northward to the Natcher Parkway/U.S. 60 Interchange at milepoint 72.264 in Daviess County.    According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson, the main portion of the upgrade work will run from just south of the KY 69 Hartford Exit 50 Interchange and will extend northward to the U.S. 60 overpass at Owensboro, a distance of just over 22 miles.   “We’re pleased to be taking this first step required to upgrade the Natcher Parkway to Interstate spur status,” Henderson said. “This is the same process we’ve gone through to upgrade our parkways for Interstate 69. This multi-year effort will improve economic development opportunities for the region in the future.”   Work from the Natcher Parkway Exit 50 Interchange extending northward includes removing concrete from the old tollbooth area under the KY 69 overpass, new edge drains, repairing relief joints, asphalt resurfacing, and guardrail upgrades.     Scotty’s Contracting & Stone is the prime contractor on the $28.1 million project to upgrade this northern section of the Natcher Parkway. The target completion date is June 30, 2019.   Once construction activity increases around July 23rd, this work zone will have a 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence.   Reworking of the tollbooth style cloverleaf interchange at KY 69 is expected to be in the next round of upgrades starting sometime after 2020. The Hartford exit is among four interchanges that will have to be reworked between Bowling Green and Owensboro to meet current Interstate standards before I-165 Spur signs can go up to make the transition complete.   The work starting July 23rd mirrors a project started by KYTC District 3 along the southern section of the Natcher Parkway in the Bowling Green area this week.   The Natcher Parkway is restricted to one lane in both directions between Exit 6 at U.S. 31-W/Nashville Road and Exit 7 U.S. 68/Russellville Road in Warren County. Motorists will have to stop on the entrance ramps before entering the parkway at these locations.    Scotty’s Contracting & Stone LLC was also awarded a $12.8 million contract for the upgrades in Butler County and Warren County.    The entire 72-mile corridor of the Natcher Parkway is expected to be upgraded to I-165 Spur status between Bowling Green and Owensboro over the next five to 10 years.  The effort to upgrade the Natcher Parkway to I-165 gained approval of AASHTO- The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials in December of 2015.     ###

First round of work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to future I-165 Spur starting in Ohio County and Daviess County No major traffic impact expected until July 23 HARTFORD, Ky. (July 12, 2018) – Work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to allow it to eventually become the Interstate 165 Spur will ramp up in coming weeks in Ohio County and Daviess County. Preliminary work – with minimal impact on passing traffic – is starting this week along right of way. Work will increase to full construction the week of July 23. The work zone runs along the Natcher Parkway from milepoint 37.143 at the Ohio-Butler County line extending northward to the Natcher Parkway/U.S. 60 Interchange at milepoint 72.264 in Daviess County. According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson, the main portion of the upgrade work will run from just south of the KY 69 Hartford Exit 50 Interchange and will extend northward to the U.S. 60 overpass at Owensboro, a distance of just over 22 miles. “We’re pleased to be taking this first step required to upgrade the Natcher Parkway to Interstate spur status,” Henderson said. “This is the same process we’ve gone through to upgrade our parkways for Interstate 69. This multi-year effort will improve economic development opportunities for the region in the future.” Work from the Natcher Parkway Exit 50 Interchange extending northward includes removing concrete from the old tollbooth area under the KY 69 overpass, new edge drains, repairing relief joints, asphalt resurfacing, and guardrail upgrades. Scotty’s Contracting & Stone is the prime contractor on the $28.1 million project to upgrade this northern section of the Natcher Parkway. The target completion date is June 30, 2019. Once construction activity increases around July 23rd, this work zone will have a 55 mph speed limit with an enhanced enforcement presence. Reworking of the tollbooth style cloverleaf interchange at KY 69 is expected to be in the next round of upgrades starting sometime after 2020. The Hartford exit is among four interchanges that will have to be reworked between Bowling Green and Owensboro to meet current Interstate standards before I-165 Spur signs can go up to make the transition complete. The work starting July 23rd mirrors a project started by KYTC District 3 along the southern section of the Natcher Parkway in the Bowling Green area this week. The Natcher Parkway is restricted to one lane in both directions between Exit 6 at U.S. 31-W/Nashville Road and Exit 7 U.S. 68/Russellville Road in Warren County. Motorists will have to stop on the entrance ramps before entering the parkway at these locations. Scotty’s Contracting & Stone LLC was also awarded a $12.8 million contract for the upgrades in Butler County and Warren County. The entire 72-mile corridor of the Natcher Parkway is expected to be upgraded to I-165 Spur status between Bowling Green and Owensboro over the next five to 10 years. The effort to upgrade the Natcher Parkway to I-165 gained approval of AASHTO- The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials in December of 2015. ###

WMSK Staff

July 12th, 2018

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First round of work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to future I-165 Spur starting in Ohio County and Daviess County No major traffic impact expected until July 23 HARTFORD, Ky. (July 12, 2018) – Work to upgrade the William Natcher Parkway to allow it […]

Henderson Community College President Tabbed to be the Next KCTCS Chancellor

Henderson Community College President Tabbed to be the Next KCTCS Chancellor

WMSK Staff

July 12th, 2018

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Versailles, Ky. – Dr. Kristin Williams has been named chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) effective August 16. She is no stranger to the system. Williams currently is president of Henderson Community College, has served as interim president of Hazard Community […]

OFFICIALS AT TWO WESTERN KENTUCKY MINES CHARGED WITH CHEATING ON SAFETY AND LYING TO REGULATORS ABOUT BLACK LUNG-CAUSING RISKS TO MINERS

OFFICIALS AT TWO WESTERN KENTUCKY MINES CHARGED WITH CHEATING ON SAFETY AND LYING TO REGULATORS ABOUT BLACK LUNG-CAUSING RISKS TO MINERS

WMSK Staff

July 12th, 2018

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Those charged include Mine Superintendent and Multiple Safety Officials. OWENSBORO, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced that 8 former supervisory and safety officials at Armstrong Coal, formerly of Madisonville, KY, were charged by a Federal Grand Jury today with Conspiracy to Defraud […]

HCC Herron Center Site to Host Skills U and Workforce Development Classes

HCC Herron Center Site to Host Skills U and Workforce Development Classes

WMSK Staff

July 10th, 2018

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(Henderson, KY) – Henderson Community College announces a partnership between Union County Schools, the West Kentucky Educational Cooperative Skills U Program (adult education leading to the GED), and HCC to offer select classes at the HCC Herron Center through June 2019. College dual credit courses […]

Free Drivers Ed Being Offered to Kentucky Teens – KSP

Free Drivers Ed Being Offered to Kentucky Teens – KSP

WMSK Staff

July 10th, 2018

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Often times KSP Post-16 Public Information Officer Trooper Cory King says he’s asked by parents about driving classes for their teen. King says there hasn’t been a lot of talk about safe driving classes but he’s excited to announce that KY Safe Driver now offers […]

Emergency blood shortage: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

Emergency blood shortage: Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donors

WMSK Staff

July 9th, 2018

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Blood supply dwindles after donations lagged during Fourth of July holiday week LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 9, 2018) — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – […]

Methodist and Deaconess Hospitals Announce Affiliation Agreement Reached

Methodist and Deaconess Hospitals Announce Affiliation Agreement Reached

WMSK Staff

July 6th, 2018

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Together but separate – connected but apart. That’s how you could describe the new affiliation agreement between Henderson’s Methodist Hospital and Evansville’s Deaconess Hospital. The accord was announced in a release sent to employees Thursday and allows Methodist to remain independent with some support from […]

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

…EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…

WMSK Staff

July 5th, 2018

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The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which is in effect until 8 PM CDT this evening. The Heat Advisory is no longer in effect. * HEAT INDEX…Heat index readings are expected to be even more oppressive than they were […]

Franklin County Circuit Court strikes down public pension bill

Franklin County Circuit Court strikes down public pension bill

Bill Stephens

June 22nd, 2018

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FRANKFORT — State Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, says yesterday’s ruling by the Franklin County Circuit Court striking down Senate Bill 151, the public pension bill, was the right decision. The bill was found to be “unconstitutional and void.” Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd […]

Senator Ridley says Supreme Court’s decision is good for Kentucky

Senator Ridley says Supreme Court’s decision is good for Kentucky

WMSK Staff

June 22nd, 2018

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Court Ruled that states may require online retailers to collect taxes FRANKFORT – Today is a big day for Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow states to require online retailers to collect tax revenue owed to them. Senator […]

Drainage Work Planned for KY 758 RESCHEDULED

Drainage Work Planned for KY 758 RESCHEDULED

WMSK Staff

June 21st, 2018

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Due to rain delaying work today (Thursday, January 21, 2018), the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 758 in UNION County on Monday, June 25, 2018. KY 758 will be closed near the 8 mile marker to allow a cross drain […]

State releases county unemployment data for May 2018

State releases county unemployment data for May 2018

WMSK Staff

June 21st, 2018

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2018) – Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between May 2017 and May 2018, rose in Owen and Spencer counties and remained the same in Oldham County, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky […]

Wildlife submissions sought for Kentucky art exhibition

Wildlife submissions sought for Kentucky art exhibition

WMSK Staff

June 20th, 2018

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Ohio Valley Art League and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are taking submissions from artists for the 13th biennial Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition. A statement from the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet says nominations for […]

Closure on KY 758 in UNION County on THURSDAY, June 21st

Closure on KY 758 in UNION County on THURSDAY, June 21st

Bill Stephens

June 20th, 2018

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A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close a section of KY 758 in UNION County on Thursday, June 21, 2018. KY 758 will be closed near the 8 mile marker to allow a cross drain to be replaced. This closure site is […]

Ex-police officer convicted of arrest without probable cause

Ex-police officer convicted of arrest without probable cause

WMSK Staff

June 19th, 2018

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky police officer has been convicted of arresting a person without probable cause. The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release Monday that William Dukes Jr. was found guilty last week in federal court in Owensboro. The release […]