Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Editorials

February 11, 2014

A public service

Web portal provides data on Kentucky highway projects

ASHLAND — In a continuing effort to make it easier for individuals to receive information about highway projects, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a user-friendly Web portal that will enable anyone with Internet access to receive more information about highway projects in Kentucky than most of us would ever need or want.

With the click of a mouse, someone can find out how many electric vehicles are registered in Kentucky, how much was spent last year on highway projects in each county and where state-maintained bridges are located. Other details accessible through the portal will include traffic counts, highway accident data and organizational performance measures. The new Web portal is called Kentucky Transportation Cabinet DataMart.

The easiest way to access the portal is to search “Kentucky Transportation Cabinet” and then click on the highway sign marked “Data Mart,” or you can access it at datamart.business.transportation.ky.gov

By using the new portal, we learned there are 422 miles of state-maintained highways in Boyd County and 577.3 miles in neighboring Greenup County, which is much larger in area (354.43 sq.miles to 165 sq. miles) but Boyd has about 13,000 more residents.  There are 55 state-maintained bridges in Boyd County and 62 in Greenup County. There are 38,541 non-commercial vehicles registered in Boyd County compared to 30,887 in Greenup County. However, the number of commercial vehicles in Boyd is far more than  the number of Greenup County, 2,503 to 902.

In 2012, the latest year in which figures are available, there were 1,536 vehicle accidents on state highways in Boyd County, including 31 involving motorcycles.  In Greenup County, there were 689 accidents, including nine involving motorcycles. Deer were a factor in 90 vehicle accidents in Boyd County in 2012 compared to only 21 accidents in more rural Greenup County.

Just how valuable such information is will vary from person to person, but if you are a trivia buff, you will love this Web portal. However, the greatest value of the site may be the updates it provides on roadwork throughout the state. For those planning a trip, such information can be quite valuable.  

State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says the information has always been available to the public, but the cabinet has created a single portal through which to access it.

We commend the transportation cabinet for launching it. Even if the vast majority of Kentucky residents never access the portal, it still is a valuable service.

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