Olmstead Lock, Dam To Open After Decades Of Work

Aug 29, 2018
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After nearly 30 years of work the Army Corps of Engineers will partially open a new locks-and-dam system Thursday on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois.Ships and barges will be able to start using the Olmsted Locks and Dam in October. 

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In Kentucky, about half of all the infrastructure in place for water and sewers is past its design life. 

“There’s a lot of investment that’s needed” 

That’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary Bruce Scott speaking to the to the Senate standing committee on natural resources Monday. 

“We really can’t do anything we can’t have economic development, we can’t do the things we want to quality of life if we don’t have investments in those areas,” 

Today, Tom Martin continues his discussions with various stakeholders in the updating of Lexington's Five Year Comprehensive Plan.  Here's a portion of his conversation with Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance.

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When President Trump picked the Ohio Valley as the setting to promote his infrastructure plan, he also drew attention to an overlooked part of the nation’s transportation system: inland waterways.

Agriculture, energy, and manufacturing interests all depend heavily on the Ohio’s aging navigation system.  

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With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure improvements.

The Ohio Valley is home to aging highways, bridges, and dams, poor drinking water systems, and weak internet service for many rural residents.

President Donald Trump will be across the river from Kentucky Wednesday to promote his infrastructure plan.

And if Trump’s previous remarks are any indication, the plan could be heavily influenced by a Kentuckian who’s been dead for 165 years. 

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Sixth District Representative Andy Barr says he supports President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

In a conversation with WEKU’s John Hingsbergen, the congressman also expressed his support for the president’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch (GORE-such) to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lexington city officials appear headed toward establishing an ‘infrastructure fund’ to help funded downtown developments.

Tom Martin talks with Lexington attorney Jim Frazier, chair of the governing board of the new Downtown Lexington Management District.  Frazier also chairs the Lexington Parking Authority, so he has his eyes on much of what’s happening to improve Downtown Lexington’s attractiveness - not only as an interesting destination, but also as a place to live and work.