603 KAR 5:240. Naming of roads and bridges

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/603/005/240.htm
Published: 2015

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      603 KAR 5:240.

Naming of roads and bridges.







FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 177.074 allows roads and bridges to be named

after an individual, historic event or any other name of historical

significance. This administrative regulation sets forth the steps to be

followed when petitioning the transportation secretary requesting a road or

bridge name. It further sets forth the standards for design and placement of

signs denoting the name of the road or bridge.


      Section 1. A

person, organization or governmental unit who is petitioning the transportation

cabinet to name a road segment or bridge shall submit the petition in writing.

The petition shall contain at least the following information:

      (1) Exact

identification and location of the road segment or bridge;

      (2) Specific

civic or historic significance of the proposed name;


Identification of the petitioner including spokesperson's name, address,

telephone number and position with organization or government unit; and

      (4) A statement

of whether the petitioner wishes to reimburse the transportation cabinet for

preparation and erection of the commemorative signs or wishes to prepare signs

and place them as approved by the department of highways.

      (5) Summary of

the results of a public comment hearing held on the petition by the petitioner

or a unit of local government.


      Section 2. If a

bridge is on a road segment which has been given a special name, the

transportation secretary shall not approve a different name for the bridge.

However, the commemorative signs on bridges which are in place on July 13, 1990

shall not be removed.


      Section 3. The

Department of Highways shall on limited access highways continue to identify

the crossroads by highway number. Only when the name of the road has come into

significant local use and when there is sufficient space on a sign may the name

also be included.


      Section 4. In

order for the Secretary of Transportation to be convinced of the civic or

historical significance of the person or events for which a petitioner wants a

road or bridge named, the secretary shall notify each jurisdictional unit of

local government of the petition. He shall request a resolution from each unit

of government indicating its support or nonsupport for the petition.


      Section 5. (1)

If the transportation secretary agrees to name a highway segment or bridge, he

shall offer to prepare and erect all signs and charge the petitioner only the

actual cost of the preparation and installation of the signs.

      (2) If the

transportation secretary agrees to name a highway segment or bridge and the

petitioner does not accept the offer from subsection (1) of this section, the

petitioner shall cooperate with the jurisdictional highway district office to

ensure that the signs are designed in good taste and safely erected, and in

accordance with the provisions of the "Manual On Uniform Traffic Control

Devices" adopted in 603 KAR 5:050.

      (3) Except under

unusual circumstances, there shall only be two (2) signs erected, one (1) at

each end of the road segment or bridge. (17 Ky.R. 691; Am. 1352; eff. 10-2-90.)