603 KAR 5:025. Fully-controlled access highways.
RELATES TO: KRS 177.220, 177.230, 177.300, 189.190, 189.340, 433.750, 433.753
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 174.080, 175.450(7), 177.230, 177.410(6), 189.231
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: This administrative regulation promulgates prescriptions and proscriptions deemed necessary for the safe, orderly regulation of traffic for all Kentucky Toll Roads, Interstate Highways and other Fully Controlled Access Highways.
Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Farm implement" means machinery, equipment or vehicle used exclusively in a farm operation and which is not required by KRS Chapter 186 to be registered.
(2) "Fully controlled access highway" means a highway which gives preference to through traffic and which shall have access only at selected public roads or streets, and which shall have no highway grade crossing or intersection.
(3) "Hitchhiking" means the solicitation of a ride in a motor vehicle.
(4) "Motor scooter" means a motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels with a motor which produces five (5) horsepower or less.
(5) "Toll road" means any turnpike project constructed under the provisions of KRS Chapter 175 or KRS 177.390 through 177.570 on which a toll is collected or was in the past collected by the Transportation Cabinet.
Section 2. Unidirectional Nature of Traffic Lanes and Ramps. (1) On multilane (four (4) or more lanes) divided toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways, no vehicle shall be operated or otherwise caused to move in a direction which is against the normal flow of traffic on any traffic lane, deceleration lane, acceleration lane, ramp, shoulder or other traveled way of the highway.
(2) On two (2) lane, two (2) way undivided toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways, no vehicle shall be operated or otherwise caused to move in a direction which is against the normal flow of traffic on any traffic lane where passing is prohibited by signs or markings or on any deceleration lane, acceleration lane, ramp, shoulder or other traveled way of such highway.
Section 3. Prohibition of U-turns and Left Turns. The making of a U-turn at any point on toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways is prohibited. Excepted from this provision are maintenance, emergency, and police vehicles. The making of a left turn on these roads, except where permitted by official signs, is prohibited.
Section 4. Prohibition of Standing, Stopping, or Parking on Shoulders. No vehicle shall be parked, stopped, or allowed to stand on the shoulders of any toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway, including ramps thereto, except that in the case of emergency, vehicles shall be permitted to stop on the shoulders to the right of the traveled way with all wheels and projecting parts of the vehicle, including the load, completely clear of the traveled way. Parking of any vehicle which is disabled on the shoulders of a toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway, including ramps thereto, for more than six (6) hours continuously is prohibited and vehicles violating this provision may be towed away at the cost of the owner.
Section 5. Waste and Rubbish. Littering of the right-of-way of any toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway with bottles, cans, paper, garbage, rubbish or other material of any kind or description is prohibited.
Section 6. Damaging of Shrubs or Plants. No unauthorized person shall cut, mutilate, or remove any trees, shrubs, or plants located within the right-of-way of any toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway.
Section 7. Limitations on Use. Use of toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways by the following is prohibited at all times:
(1) Bicycles or motor scooters;
(2) Vehicles drawn by animals;
(3) Animals led, ridden, or driven on hoof;
(4) Vehicles with improperly secured loads or loaded with animals not properly confined;
(5) Vehicles with metal treads and vehicles with caterpillar treads;
(6) Farm implements which are not being transported on a straight truck or truck trailer combination or a semitrailer;
(7) Construction equipment other than motor trucks, except by special permit; and
(8) Moped as defined in KRS 186.010(5).
Section 8. Prohibition of Hitchhiking. No person shall solicit a ride in a vehicle while on any portion of the right-of-way of a toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway.
Section 9. Passing and Following Vehicles; Traffic Lanes (Applicable only to two (2) lane, two (2) way undivided toll roads, interstate highways, and other fully controlled access highways).
(1) Vehicles overtaking other vehicles proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of them and shall not again drive to the right until reasonably clear of those vehicles. No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken.
(2) Drivers shall obey the instructions of all signs and markings placed to assign traffic lanes, to specify directions or to designate slow moving traffic lanes in all areas where climbing lanes have been added.
(3) The operator of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having regard for the speed of the vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway. The operator of any truck, bus, or heavy equipment unit shall not follow within 250 feet of another vehicle; this shall not prevent overtaking and passing, nor shall it apply to any lane designated for use of slow moving traffic.
Section 10. Prohibition of Vending on Shoulders and Right-of-way. No vehicle shall be parked, stopped, or allowed to stand on the shoulders or right-of-way of any toll road, interstate highway, or other fully controlled access highway, including ramps thereto for the purpose of displaying, selling or offering for sale any merchandise, wares, produce, services or other items. Nor shall any person be allowed to engage in the above activities on the above mentioned shoulders or right-of-ways. (HIWA-LIM ACC; 1 Ky.R. 152; eff. 12-11-74; Am. 6 Ky.R. 282; eff. 1-2-80; 14 Ky.R. 271; eff. 9-10-87; 17 Ky.R. 1832; eff. 1-6-91.)