Big Projects for NKY River Cities Part of Beshear's Highway Plan
Some long awaited road projects in Northern Kentucky's urban cities may finally be on the way.
Governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday sent to the Kentucky General Assembly a 2014-2020 Recommended Highway Plan that, if enacted, would provide nearly $7 billion of state and federal funding for transportation improvements across the Commonwealth, according to the governor's office.
In addition to a financing plan to continue the Brent Spence Bridge project, a plan that includes more than $1.7 billion toll revenue bonds, Beshear's plan also highlights many individual projects in Covington, Newport, and Kenton & Campbell Counties.
Some of the plans include a new exit ramp at Newport off of I-471, reconstruction of the intersection of Pike & Main Streets in Covington, the reconstruction of Hands Pike, and a multipurpose trail along several river cities.
These are some of the projects that Beshear recommends to be funded (some with matching funds from the federal government and other entities):
KENTON COUNTY (selected projects, not comprehensive)
(Project; Year(s); Amount)
Reconstruct KY 536 from Boone County line to KY 17 as a 4-lane urban section; 2019 & 2020; $22 million & $4.16 million
Extend second eastbound lane from Thomas More Parkway from Turkeyfoot Road to Crestview Blvd.; 2015 & 2016; $117,400, $40,000, $528,000
Pavement & sidewalk restoration along Sixth Street & Scott Blvd. to Russell Street & sidewalk improvements on Scott Blvd. from 4th Street to 6th Street; 2014; $1.382 million
Phase I multi-use path along Bromley-Crescent Springs Rd. from Anderson Road to Amsterdam Road; 2016 & 2017; $1.2 million & $3.08 million
Resurfacing of Russell Street from Sixth Street to Eighteenth Street; 2014; $142,000
Pedestrian bicycle trail through Ludlow, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue; 2015; $481,600
Install guardrail along KY 8 east of Amsterdam Rd. (KY 371); 2014; $42,105
Replace West Fifteenth Street Bridge; 2014 & 2015; $1.89 million
Remove & evaluate Eleventh Street Bridge; 2014 & 2015; $2.61 million
Install additional lane at Fourth Street intersecting with Philadelphia Street; 2014; $1.26 million
Eliminate traffic signal, realign intersection of Pike & Main Streets for free-flowing traffic; 2014; $760,000
Reconstruct Hands Pike from KY 17 to Crystal Lake Drive; 2014 & 2015; $11.3 million
Grind and resurface Madison Avenue from MLK Blvd. to 16th Street; 2014; $175,000
Resurface Main Street & Highwater Road in Bromley; 2014; $500,000
CAMPBELL COUNTY (select projects, not comprehensive)
Study & rehabilitate the I-471 Corridor; 2014; $1.4 million
Extend proposed Pond Creek Road from US 27 to AA Highway via portion of KY 10/KY 1997 Corridor (New KY 536); 2016 & 2017 & 2018; $40 million
KY 9 extension; 2014 & 2015; $2.9 million
Construct a sidewalk on south side of Memorial Parkway from Pavilion Parkway to Wilson Rd. over I-471; 2014 & 2015 & 2016; $622,000
Roadway rehabilitation on Carothers Road from Monmouth Street to right-turn lane at Newport Shopping Center; 2016 & 2017; $1.1 million
Installation of sidewalks and traffic control measures along 4th Street & Montmouth Street from Saratoga to Monmouth and 3rd & 8th Streets/Columbia to Putman & 9th; 2014; $250,000
Construct sidewalks and install crosswalks and roadway markers along Dayton Pike from 7th Street to Chateau Drive and along Belmont Rd. to Ervin Terrace; 2014; $161,200
Reconstruct KY 9 along a new route to north of 10th Street; 2015; $4.5 million
Reconstruct KY 9 along a new route from north of 10th Street to US 27 (York Street); 2016; $8.5 million
Construct new I-471 southbound exit ramp at KY 8; 2014; $2.7 million
Transportation improvements to AA Highway-I-275 Connector; 2014; $12.5 million (in two separate projects)
See the full list of proposed projects in Kenton, Campbell, and Boone Counties as well as statewide by clicking here.
Photo: 4th Street in Covington/RCN