The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has recently made an archive of nearly a century of highway plans available on the Internet
The archive is accessible through an interactive map and contains plans for completed public road projects.
The plans can be a valuable resource for engineers, surveyors, land owners, genealogists and people interested in history. The new Web site allows access to the archives from anywhere, without traveling to district highway offices to comb microfilms.
“This service is a win-win for our customers and the cabinet,” said Transportation Secretary Joe Prather. “It saves time, manpower and supply costs. It’s an example of how the cabinet is using technology to be more efficient and effective public servants.”
The service is a culmination of a four-year effort to scan, index and spatially reference the old plans. The 18,000 archived projects consumed about a half-million plan sheets.
The archive can be searched using an interactive map and by text searches using city, county, route type, route number, mile points and other common location reference points.
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