WSIP News 6-23-2017


KSP Investigates Murder in Pike Co

According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Pikeville Post, troopers are investigating the death of an unidentified person in the Belfry community of Pike Co. On June 21, 2017, Post 09 received a call from the Mingo Co Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in locating a subject that had been reported missing to their department. Troopers from KSP Post 09 and Mingo Co Deputies responded to a residence on Turkey Creek Road in Pike Co. A search warrant was obtained, and investigators with KSP Post 09 located an unidentified person buried in a shallow grave. The body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy and positive identification. Jennifer Blankenship, 31 of Turkey Creek, and Okey Hinkle, 28 of West Virginia, were arrested at the scene for outstanding warrants unrelated to this incident. Blankenship and Hinkle were later charged while lodged at the Pike Co Detention Center. Blankenship has been charged with Murder. Hinkle has been charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Kevin Newsome.

* UPDATE: Both suspects appeared in a Pike Co. courtroom Thursday. Blankenship is facing murder charges. She also entered a not guilty plea. The judge set her bond at $500,000. Officials say additional charges against her are pending. Hinkle has not been charged yet in regard to the murder case, but was found in contempt on the outstanding warrant he was arrested on. His bond was set at $250,000. He will have another hearing on Today (Friday, June 23) where the judge believes charges in the murder case will be filed.

Paintsville Man Arrested on Several Charges Out of Magoffin Co

A Paintsville man was recently arrested in Louisa on (2) 2015 warrants out of Magoffin Co. for allegedly stealing checks from the office at the Salyersville Dairy Queen and using four of the checks to buy or attempt to buy items from numerous stores. According to the Salyersville Independent, Thomas Wade Price, 30, of Paintsville, was arrested June 14 at the Louisa Walmart, on two Magoffin Co warrants. The first warrant, against Price is a charged is (1) theft by unlawful taking or disputing all others ($500 or more but under $10,000) and (2) criminal possession of a forged instrument (second degree). The charges allege that on October 18, 2015, Price, who then worked at Dairy Queen in Salyersville, went into the businesses office and took 12 checks on the account of Salyersville Foods, Inc., DBA Dairy Queen, drawn on the Salyersville National Bank. Price allegedly used three of the stolen checks the next day at Lowes (written for $613.74), Walmart (two checks, written for $300 and $500), and attempted to use one for $1,000 at Tractor Supply to buy a gift card, though the store would not accept the check.

In a separate warrant, Price is accused of pawning a Stihl leaf blower backpack he had allegedly stolen from the owner of Dairy Queen on October 10, 2015. The owners of the pawn shop in Paintsville provided a copy of the pawn receipt to law enforcement and the backpack at the pawn shop had the same monogramming the victim had described. Price currently remains lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on a $5,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 26 at 9:15 AM at the Magoffin Co Justice Center.

Two Arrested in Martin Co after Children Found in Home with Drugs

According to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s Office, Deputies arrested Cheryl Robare and Joshua Gable at a home on Eden Lane Wednesday. Reports say a three-year-old told officials that he watched his mother shoot-up drugs in her legs. Investigators say they found the children, drugs and items used to take drugs. Both Robare and Gable face Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Controlled Substance1st Deg, 1st offense (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess. Robara also faces a charge of Possession of Marijuana. Both are being held in the Big sandy Regional Detention Center.

Floyd Co. Man Charged with Abuse

A 19-year old Floyd Co. man has been arrested, charged with abuse. According to reports, Kevin Gayheart of Wayland has been charged with 2-counts of 1st degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years of age or under after the children told their mother Gayheart had abused them. Gayheart allegedly admitted to officers he had picked up one of the children and had shaken him two months ago. He went on to tell officials he had also whipped one of the children with a switch and smacked one. One of the children remains hospitalized.

Kentucky Power Customers Could See Rate Increase in 2018

Kentucky Power customers could see their bills increase as early as January of next year. Next week, the power company will file a request with the Kentucky Public Service Commission to have a regulatory base rate review. If approved, rates would likely increase for all customers. Officials with Kentucky Power said the increase is mainly because they have lost customers over the years and now the cost of providing services is shared with fewer people. "Since 2014, Kentucky Power has lost nearly 2,000 residential customers and about 450 industrial/commercial customers," said Kentucky Power Corporate Communications Manager, Allison Barker. They have to make up for the losses which means potentially increasing rates for current customers.

The estimated increase for the average customer using 1,247 kilowatt-hours per month, is 16.8% or an increase of 80 cents a day. Commercial or industrial customers will possibly see an increase of 8-15%. Kentucky Power officials said the increases will also allow them to offer more contributions to the home energy assistance program, economic development and workforce training. Which they believe will have a positive impact on the community and bring more jobs to the area. Barker said it could take the Kentucky Public Service Commission up to six months to review the request, however, changes could go into effect by January. If you have any questions about the potential increase, you are encouraged to call Kentucky Power at 1-800-572-1113. Citizens can also send a letter to the Kentucky Public Service Commission or reach out to Governor Matt Bevins' office.

Paintsville Tourism announces “New” Director

It was announced on Wednesday that the Paintsville’s Tourism Commission has named their new executive director. Josh Johnson was named the new tourism director at a special called meeting on Tuesday.



WSIP News 6-22-2017


Minutes from the Johnson Co Fiscal Court Meeting (6-21-17)

The Johnson Co. Fiscal Court met in special called meeting Monday, 6-21-2017 @ 4:30 PM in the meeting room of the Johnson Co. Courthouse in downtown Paintsville. The meeting began in normal fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, the approval of the minutes from the special called meeting of May 22, special called meeting of May 15 and regular meeting of May 8, 2017. The court also approval to pay the monthly bills as presented and approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the General Fund to the Jail Fund. Items approved on the night were:

* Approved the budget for FY 2017-2018 with a second reading and approval from the state.

* Approved an amendment to the budget that added money to the budget, ($3,025.75 from the civil defense rescue squad and $383,316.89 from the Johnson Co. Justice Center).

* Approved a submitted bid from Mtn. Enterprises for blacktop for the county road department.

* Approved a bid for generators for the Red Bush VFD and W.R. Castle Fire and Rescue from Whayne Supply.

* Approved a resolution to submit CDBG application for W.R. Castel Fire and Rescue for a station construction project.

* Approved the soil conservation districts budget plan of work, presented by Robert O’Bryan.

* The court also heard from Lara Pack, who is the Trails Town Committee Catalyst. She updated the court about all the work being done to get Paintsville designated as a Trails Town. She said this was a Win-Win situation for everyone and she said that other area towns are in support. If Paintsville can become a Trails Town, it could bring in millions of dollars in Tourism money to this county and surrounding counties.

* The court also heard from Gary McClure, Paintsville/Johnson Co. Emergency Mgmt. Director, who gave his monthly activity report. He said the other emergency warning siren had been installed at Foothills Communications and the sirens would be tested the first Monday of the month and that both sirens would sound at the same time.

* The court also heard from Apple Valley Sanitation’s request for a $1.50 a month rate increase in garbage pickups for Johnson Co. residents. AVS said the cost of landfills and a big increase in workman’s compensation was the reason for this increase. The Fiscal Court does not has a say in Apple Valley’s day to day operations, but they do have to approve or deny rate increases. Judge Daniel requested that the court have a special called meeting next Tuesday, June 27 @ 5 PM and a decision will be made at that time. With nothing further to discuss, the meeting adjourned.

Man Arrested for Running Naked along Highway

According to the Kentucky State Police, they report they arrested a man in Floyd Co. Tuesday they found, wearing nothing but vines. A trooper said he witnessed Joshua Conley running south on U.S. 23 in Floyd Co. The trooper exited his cruiser and tried to confront Conley, he (Conley) became aggressive and charged at the trooper. The Prestonsburg Police Dept. eventually showed up, along with other agencies to assist the KSP trooper. Conley faces several charges, including indecent exposure and resisting arrest. Other charges are pending.

Rowan Co. Officials Investigating String of Burglaries Targeting Homes for Sale

According to officials in Rowan Co, 3 people are accused of stealing everything from peanut butter to televisions across Rowan Co. that were burglarized. Officials say they know who is behind the string of unusual thefts. Sheriff Matt Sparks says his opened up an investigation and he said one of the angles they went about was looking for homes for sale on the internet, which seemed to be the main targeted homes. Investigators were able to connect burglaries in Rowan Co and Fleming Co. The total value of the items stolen in the burglaries totaled more than $6,000. Most of that has since been recovered. Deputies say about half of it was found at local pawn shops, while the rest was found at a home. They also say they recovered some stolen items that have not yet been claimed. Investigators are not releasing the names of the three suspects at this time. They say they are waiting to present the cases to a grand jury.

Annual Count finds 4,025 Homeless Kentuckians

Officials say annual counts have found 4,025 homeless people living in Kentucky. The Kentucky Housing Corporation released results on Tuesday of the statewide point-in-time count of people living on the streets, in emergency shelters or in other temporary housing. The agency coordinated a count in all communities other than Louisville and Lexington, where separate counts were conducted. The agency says its point-in-time count on January 25th found 1,940 homeless people. Meanwhile, the agency says Lexington reported counting 1,051 homeless and Louisville reported counting 1,034, for a total statewide of 4,025. Kentucky Housing Corporation Director Kathryn Peters said while it's encouraging to see the overall number of homeless decline, the reduction isn't significant. She says a majority of people reported being homeless for the first time.

American Metal Works in Paintsville to Create New Apprenticeship Program

American Metal Works made a big announcement on Wednesday morning in Paintsville.The company is operating in the new business incubator space on the Mayo Campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.American Metal Works is planning to launch a new apprenticeship program for people looking to earn formal on the job and classroom training along with a journeyman certificate.In addition to American Metal Works’ founders, Derrick Ramsey of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet was on hand for the announcement, along with BSCTC’s Workforce Solutions Director Kelli Hall Chaney.

PBH Medical Group to Host Open House

Paul B. Hall Medical Group is hosting an open house to welcome Board Certified General Surgeon, Mashonna Austin, M.D. to her new office at 604 James S. Trimble Blvd. in Paintsville Today (Thursday June 22, 2017) from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. During the open house, explore her new facility, meet the physician and staff, enjoy light refreshments, giveaways and free health screenings. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will conclude the day’s events. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please call 606-789-3072.

WSIP News 6-21-2017


Death Investigation Underway in Floyd Co

According to Law Enforcement in Floyd Co., officials conducted a death investigation in Floyd Co Monday night after they say someone found a body on Red Morg Branch Road in the Teaberry community. Floyd Co Sheriff John Hunt said a shooting took place near where the body was found. Kentucky State Police is investigating this incident. No other information has been provided at this time.

Victim Identified in a Deadly Pike Co Crash

Officials in Pike Co. have released the name of the victim involved in Monday night's crash in Pikeville. The victim was Walter E. Maynard, 54, from Williamson, West Virginia. Police say the crash happened Monday night at approximately 7:40 PM at the Buckley’s Creek intersection of U.S. 23 and U.S. 119. The northbound lane of U.S. 23 was temporarily shut down. Police say one person was extricated from his vehicle, and two other people were taken to the Pikeville Medical Center Emergency Room. Maynard would later die at the Hospital. The crash remains under investigation by the Pikeville Police Dept.

Body of an Elderly Man Found in Lawrence Co.

According to the Lawrence Co. Sheriff’s Dept. the body of an elderly man who had been reported missing since last Wednesday, June 14 was found Monday, about 6 miles from his home. The man was identified as William "Arnold" Perry, 72 of Louisa. Deputies say he was found deceased in his car. A passing motorist on Yellow Creek Road spotted the car in high weeds around 4:30 PM Monday. Perry died as a result of a car crash, deputies added. The Lawrence Co Sheriff's Department would like to Thank Everyone who helped in the search for Perry and they expressed condolences to Perry's family.

Man Sentenced in Boyd Co. on Sodomy Charges

An 18-year-old Ashland man accused of having sexual relations with a child has been sentenced in Boyd Circuit Court. According to the Ashland Daily, Kyle Sturgeon pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sodomy. He had faced the charge since his arrest in February of 2016 and has spent time in both the Boyd Co Regional Juvenile Detention Center and the Boyd Co Detention Center prior to his sentencing. Officials say the victim was 7 years old at the time of the incident and according to the victim’s mother, she told police about an “inappropriate encounter” involving her child and Sturgeon.

Police say the incident occurred in a wooded area near Hillcrest Apartments where Sturgeon and the victim lived. Sturgeon offered the victim and another child money to enter the woods, before exposing himself to the victim and performing the sexual act, that’s according to the information told to the police by the victim’s mother. Clothing belonging to Sturgeon with his DNA on it was recovered and used as evidence in the case. Sturgeon is jailed at the Boyd Co Detention Center and a hearing to decide how his 15-year sentence will be carried out is set for Aug. 17. A first-degree sodomy charge in Kentucky typically carries the weight of a 10 to 20 year sentence.

KSP Charges Fleming Co. Man with Child Exploitation Offenses

According to a news release from the KSP, on Monday, June 19, 2017, at approximately 6:00 PM, KSP arrested David L. Spencer, age 35 of Wallingford, and charged him with one count of Prohibited Use of Electronic Communication System to Procure a Minor/Police Officer for Sex (Class D Felony). Spencer was lodged in the Mason County Detention Center. The incident remains under investigation by Detective Brian Cooper KSP.

State Government News

* Kentucky's Democratic attorney general has sued the state's Republican governor for the fourth time. Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit in state court on Tuesday challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's recent executive order that abolished and replaced some state education boards. Beshear said Bevin's order ignored and rewrote laws passed by the state legislature that created the independent boards. Beshear has sued Bevin three times already. The first lawsuit challenged Bevin's order cutting the budgets of state colleges and universities. Beshear won that lawsuit at the state Supreme Court. The other two lawsuits challenged Bevin's order abolishing and replacing the boards of trustees at the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Those lawsuits are pending. A Bevin spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

PBH Medical Group to Host Open House

Paul B. Hall Medical Group is hosting an open house to welcome Board Certified General Surgeon, Mashonna Austin, M.D. to her new office at 604 James S. Trimble Blvd. in Paintsville Thursday June 22, 2017 from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. During the open house, explore her new facility, meet the physician and staff, enjoy light refreshments, giveaways and free health screenings. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will conclude the day’s events. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please call 606-789-3072.



WSIP News 6-20-2017


2-Vehicle Accident Monday Closed Rt. 80 in Floyd Co

According to Floyd Co. Officials, a 2 vehicle crash Monday afternoon closed all lanes of Rt. 80 in the Eastern community of Floyd Co. Officials say 3 people were transported by Ambulance to a local Hospital with unknown injuries and officials say the crash involved a vehicle from the Wayland Police Dept. There has been no official word on how the crash happened or the extent of those injured. All lanes (East and Westbound) of Rt. 80 was closed for about an hour. The KSP, KVE, Floyd Co. Sheriff’s Dept. all responded to the scene. No further information has been released at this time.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

A traffic stop for a minor offense led to a drug trafficking arrest in Lawrence Co this weekend. According to the Louisa Police Dept. one of their officers stopped a 2016 Hyundai driven by Willis Gene Horn, 26, of Inez, Sunday because Horn was not wearing a seatbelt. During the traffic stop, the officer says he discovered Horn was in possession of various drug paraphernalia, including scales, baggies and syringes. The officer called in a K-9 unit for assistance, and they say they found several baggies of meth in the car as well. Horn was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and several traffic offenses. He was booked in the Big Sandy Regional Dentition Center. The case will be presented to the Lawrence Co Grand Jury.

Magoffin Co. Man Arrested on Assault Charges

Police said a Magoffin Co beat someone with a baseball bat. WYMT reports that Police arrested Joshua Standifer Saturday in Salyersville. Standifer is facing a second degree assault case. The incident allegedly happened on May 20th. A man told police Standifer beat him with a baseball bat, causing several injuries, including a possible fractured arm.

Hazard Church Robbed

According to the Perry Co. Sheriff’s Dept. deputies are investigating a burglary at a Perry Co church. Reports say the robbery happened at the Church of the Living God on old Highway 80 in the Combs community around 10 AM Sunday morning. Deputies say the suspects forced their way into the church and stole items including 3 guitars, a prayer box, a picture of the Ten Commandments, a piano seat, Sunday school books and materials. If you have any information, you should call the Perry Co Sheriff’s Department at 606-439-4523. You can remain anonymous.

Pikeville Woman Arrested on Drug Charges after Dropping Handgun

According to officials in Pike Co. employees at a restaurant in Pikeville called in a complaint to Police about two intoxicated customers and stated that they had seen a gun fall from the backpack of one of them before the customer quickly picked it up. Upon making contact with the suspects, 26-year old Courtney Pack of Pikeville allegedly stated she had a gun and was found not to have a permit to carry the firearm. Once under arrest, Pack gave the officer a false name and address and later said she didn’t want to go to jail because she was wanted for drug court violations. Pack also had pills, a syringe and a spoon in her possession. Pack was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, identity theft, illegal possession of a legend drug and possession of a controlled substance. Pack’s bench warrant states that her drug court violation stemmed from charges she received on January 21st of driving under the influence and 2-counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Floyd Co Man Injured in Logging Accident

A Floyd Co man was injured late last week following a logging accident on Mud Creek in Floyd Co. According to officials in Floyd Co. the Mud Creek Fire and Rescue responded to the call and discovered that 37-year old Gary Tackett Jr. of Toler was cutting a tree on Rebel Hollow or what is more commonly known as Eddie Akers Branch when the tree kicked back knocking Tackett over an embankment. Initial reports indicated that the man suffered a broken leg, but no other injuries. Tackett was transported to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. No other information has been released and Tackett’s condition has not been updated.

Conn to Face Theft Charges when Caught

Another day, another new twist to the Eric C. Conn story. Prosecutors sat Eric C. Conn is now faces charges related to unlawfully taking a car. A warrant was issued in Floyd Co on Thursday, June 9. Prosecutors say the mother of Conn's daughter told them he took a car from her. Once caught Conn will face a theft charge. FBI agents would not confirm or deny whether they believe Conn may be in the vehicle. A $20,000 reward is being offered by the FBI for information that leads to Conn’s arrest.

UPIKE Launching Online Nursing Program

Big news for full time working nurses as the University of Pikeville (UPIKE) will begin offering RN-BSN coursework online. It marks the first time that UPIKE has offered a fully online program. University officials say the move follows a national trend providing adults with full-time work the flexibility to pursue an advanced degree in nursing. The program can be completed in three semesters pending the number of general education courses students need to complete. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the program and it is pending approval from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary information.


WSIP News 6-19-2017


Judge Rules Conn's Former Clients Entitled to Compensation

On Friday, Floyd Co Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris granted a class-action motion on behalf of Eric C. Conn's former clients, ruling that Conn's former clients are entitled to $31 million. According to attorney Ned Pillersdorf, $9 million will compensate for the attorney fees Conn collected and $22 million will compensate for lost benefits in the re-determination hearings by the Social Security Administration. The hearing happened on the same day the FBI held a news conference to discuss the developments in the search for Conn after he disappeared weeks ago. Conn pleaded guilty in March for his role in a disability scheme that defrauded the federal government of $550 million. Before he was sentenced, he cut off his ankle monitor and went into hiding. FBI officials said they believe Conn is still in the United States. They say tips have been coming in from the public and they still encourage the public to provide any information they have. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to Conn’s arrest. Officials say they might pursue charges against "additional co-conspirators," which could include relatives or associates of Conn, in connection with his disappearance and they add that anyone helping Conn could face charges. Agents are still trying to determine the origin of several emails and faxes allegedly sent to media outlets.

Rowan Co Woman Dead after Accident on I-64

According to the KSP in Morehead, a woman was killed following an accident on I-64 in Kentucky. Kentucky State Police said Megan Cooper, 26, of Morehead, died in the accident near mile marker 126 in Bath Co just outside of Owingsville Thursday evening. Troopers say Cooper was driving a car going eastbound when she crossed through the median and into the path of a semi-truck. Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bath Co Coroner’s Office. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the accident. The accident is being investigated by KSP.

Police Arrest Suspect in Connection to Ashland Robbery, Attempted Robbery

Kentucky State Police arrested a man in connection with a robbery and an attempted robbery in Ashland. Charles Hupp faces a first degree robbery and a second degree attempted robbery charge, among other things. He is accused of robbing one First National Bank with a gun and attempting to rob another one last week. No one suffered injuries in either incident.

State Government News

* Kentucky's Republican governor has made a slight change to an executive order, but it is unclear if it will be enough to avert a lawsuit from the state's Democratic attorney general. Earlier this month Gov. Matt Bevin abolished and replaced some state education boards that certify public school teachers and propose curriculum standards. Attorney General Andy Beshear said Bevin's order is illegal and threatened to sue the governor if he did not rescind the order in seven days. On Friday, Bevin issued a new executive order. The primary change is to require the State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children have a between 15 and 21 board members. The previous order required the board to have 15 members. A Beshear spokesman said they would review the order and make a decision next week.

Board OKs Tuition Increases at Most Kentucky Universities

The average cost of a four-year degree in Kentucky will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved tuition increases at all but two of the state's public universities. The Council on Postsecondary Education approved the increases during its board meeting on Friday. All but two schools asked for the maximum increase allowed. The University of Louisville did not raise tuition for any students. Kentucky State University's board of trustees has not met yet to ask for a tuition increase. The University of Kentucky had the largest dollar-amount increase, increasing tuition by $452 per year for in-state students. Western Kentucky University had the lowest dollar-amount increase at $290. State lawmakers cut funding for public colleges and universities by 4.5 percent in the most recent spending plan.

Healthy Summer Meals Reaching More Kentucky Children

Hunger prevents some Kentucky kids from enjoying the carefree days of summer, but the state is making progress to make food available for youngsters in need. According to the Food Research and Action Center's annual "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" report, Kentucky had the third-largest increase nationally in the number of children served by summer meal programs in July 2016. Reid Livingston, coordinator of the No Kid Hungry Kentucky campaign, said that means 32,000 kids received much-needed nutrition. "It's a big increase, something for us to really build on. It's a 13 percent increase over last summer," he said. "It takes our ranking from 49th to 47th in the country, but I think it's encouraging that we're increasing the number of kids that are receiving summer meals." Summer nutrition programs are available to lower-income kids who qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches during the school year. However, Livingston said that in Kentucky, just one out of 12 of these children access these summer meals. More than 200,000 children in the state are considered "food insecure," and Livingston said outreach efforts should be increased to ensure families are aware of the summer meal programs. He said the rural nature of Kentucky can pose a challenge.

"It's hard to get the food to the kids; it's hard to get the kids to come to the food," he said, "so we've really worked hard on what we call mobile units or mobile routes, where we take the food to the kids in trailer parks and in parts of the community that are hard to access." Summer meal sites include schools, churches and community centers. Livingston said many offer enrichment activities to help keep kids learning and better prepared to return to school in the fall. Food site information is available by texting "Food" to 877-877 or online at kykidseat.org. The report is online at frac.org.

Mountain Parkway Traffic Switch Planned this Week

Motorists traveling the Mountain Parkway west of Salyersville will follow a new traffic pattern starting this week as crews prepare for additional road construction. Two new ramps on the parkway also are scheduled to open. Travelers should be cautious and prepare for several lane switches next week near the KY 7 interchange (Exit 75) of the Mountain Parkway. Speed limits have been reduced in the area, and signs will be posted to alert travelers of the changes. Beginning as early as Monday, June 19, both lanes of traffic will be moved from the existing parkway to two new lanes to the south of the existing parkway. These lanes eventually will serve eastbound traffic when the project is completed. Diverted traffic will travel across a new bridge over KY 7 as well as a new bridge that spans the Licking River. The traffic switch will allow workers to construct the future westbound lanes of the parkway and remove and replace an old bridge that crosses KY 7.

Eastbound ramps to reopen

As a result of the traffic switch, eastbound travelers on the parkway will have renewed access to the KY 7 interchange. Eastbound ramps at the interchange closed earlier this month. Newly constructed ramps will open this week, allowing vehicles traveling eastbound on the parkway to exit at the KY 7 interchange. Vehicles on KY 7 will be able to access the parkway to travel east.