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Millions for Road Projects Coming to Kenton, Campbell Counties

In the waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session, House Bill 237 received final passage awarding more than $5.2 billion for road projects across the Commonwealth. More than $43 million will go to Kenton County and more than $55 million is headed to Campbell County over the next two and a half fiscal years.

HB 237 passed the House late Tuesday night by a vote of 71-26 and passed the Senate 37-1.

Locally, State Representatives voting against the bill included Joe Fisher (R-Ft. Thomas), Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger), Sal Santoro (R-Florence), Arnold Simpson (D-Covington), Diane St. Onge (R-Lakeside Park), and Addia Wuchner (R-Florence).

Reps. Dennis Keene (D-Wilder) and Tom McKee (D-Cynthiana) voted in favor.

On the Senate side, only Ft. Thomas Republican Katie Stine opposed the bill.

Here is a list of projects to be funded and the amount awarded through the bill:

KENTON COUNTY

Brent Spence Bridge - $22,260,437 in fiscal year 2014 for continued design work and project development

Thomas More Parkway -  $157,400 in fiscal year 2015 and $528,000 in fiscal year 2016 for the extension of the second eastbound lane from from Turkeyfoot Road to Centerview Boulevard (this is a match of federal funds)

Sixth Street (Covington) - $1,382,948 for fiscal year 2014 for sidewalk restoration from Scott Boulevard to Russell Street and sidewalk improvements on Scott Boulevard from 4th to 6th Streets (this is a match of federal funds). The City of Covington is working toward improving the Sixth Street connector between Downtown and Mainstrase Village.

Multi-use path - $1.2 million in fiscal year 2016 for phase I of a multi-use path along Bromley-Crescent Springs Road from Anderson Road to Amsterdam Road (this is a match of federal funds)

Russell Street  - $142,890 in fiscal year 2014 for the resurfacing of Russell Street between Sixth and 18th Streets (this is a federal match)

Pedestrian/bike trail - $481,600 for fiscal year 2015 for work on a trail along the Ohio River through the cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, and Bellevue (this is a federal match)

Thomas More Parkway - $11,240 for fiscal year 2014 and $102,400 for fiscal year 2016 for the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Thomas More Parkway and South Loop Road including pedestrian signals (this is a federal match)

Dudley Road  - $1,207,100 for fiscal year 2014 for the resurfacing and stabilization of Dudley Road between the bus shelter at Dixie Highway to Winding Trails Drive (this is a federal match)

Dudley Road  - $50,960 for fiscal year 2014 for the installation of LED signals at intersections along Dudley Road and Thomas More Parkway (this is a federal match)

Route 8 - $42,105 for fiscal year 2014 for the installation of a guardrail along Route 8 (River Road) beginning 1.22 miles east of KY 371 (Amsterdam Road) and extending 0.31 miles

15th St. Bridge - $420,000 for fiscal year 2014 and $1,470,000 for fiscal year 2015 to replace the bridge and approaches over the CSX railroad tracks in Covington. The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic for several years but would be reopened to cars after it is rebuilt. The current bridge has been deemed structurally deficient

11th St. Bridge - $1,110,000 for fiscal year 2014 and $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2015 to evaluate the structurally deficient bridge. This bridge closed to vehicular traffic last year and will likely not be used by vehicles again. Possibilities include rebuilding it as a pedestrian-only bridge or removing the bridge and not reconnecting the different sides of 11th St.

Bridge on Pruett Rd. - $100,000 for fiscal year 2014 and $500,000 for fiscal year 2015 to replace the bridge on Pruitt Rd. over Decoursey Creek at the junction of Marshall Rd.

4th Street - $1,260,000 in fiscal year 2014 for congestion mitigation. An additional lane will be added for 4th Street in Covington at the intersection with Philadelphia Street. Work is taking place west of 4th to Crescent Street.

Pike & Main Streets intersection - $760,000 in fiscal year 2014 for the elimination of the traffic signal at this intersection to allow for free-flowing traffic

Pike & Main Streets reconstruction  - $1.7 million in fiscal year 2015 for the reconstruction of these streets

Hands Pike  - $5.25 million in fiscal year 2014 for the reconstruction of Hands Pile from 3L Highway to Crystal Lake Drive

Main Street & Highwater Road  - $500,000 in fiscal year 2014 for the resurfacing of these roads in Bromley

Winston Ave. reconstruction  - $750,000 in fiscal year 2016 for the reconstruction of Winston Ave. (KY 16) between 38th Street and Howard Litzler Drive in Latonia

Dixie Highway sidewalks  - $250,000 in fiscal year 2016 for sidewalk and curb construction on Dixie Highway from North Arlington to the Covington sidewalk system

Fowler Creek & Senour Rd. intersection  - $260,000 in fiscal year 2014 for the improvement of this intersection with the application of a high friction surface, sight distance, drainage structure improvement, ditching, signing and pavement markings

CAMPBELL CO. (urban cities & other select projects)

I-471  - $1,439,839 in fiscal year 2014 for study and rehabilitation of the I-471 corridor

I-471 - $2,700,000 in fiscal year 2014 for the construction of a new southbound off-ramp at KY 8

Route 9 - $730,000 in fiscal year 2014 and $2,170,000 in fiscal year 2015 for the extension of Route 9 in Newport

Route 9 (more) - $2,660,000 in fiscal year 2014 for reconstruction along a new route to KY 8 near the 4th Street Bridge

Route 9 (more) - $4.5 million in fiscal year 2015 to reconstruct Route 9 along a new route to north of 10th Street

Route 9 (more) - $8.5 million in fiscal year 2016 to reconstruct Route 9 along a new route from north of 10th Street to US 27 (York Street)

Memorial Parkway sidewalk  - $70,000 in fiscal year 2014, $25,000 in fiscal year 2015, and $527,000 in fiscal year 2016 for the construction of a sidewalk on the south side of Memorial Parkway from Pavilion Parkway to Wilson Rd. over I-471 in Newport (this is a federal match)

Carothers Road  - $104,874 in fiscal year 2016 for the rehabilitation of Carothers Road from Monmouth Street to the right turn lane into the Newport Shopping Center (this is a federal match)

Downtown Newport sidewalks  - $250,000 for fiscal year 2014 for the installation of sidewalks and traffic control measures along 4th & Monmouth Streets, from Saratoga to Monmouth, and 3rd Street and 8th Stree/Columbia to Putnam and 9th Street

Dayton Pike - $161,200 in fiscal year 2014 for the construction of sidewalks and installation of crosswalks and roadway markers along Dayton Pike from 7th Street to Chateau Drive and along Belmont Rd. to Ervin Terrace

Culvert extension - $3.6 million for fiscal year 2014 for a culvert extension carrying Taylor Creek under KY 8 and Riverboat Row in Newport

Lincoln Road - $1 million for fiscal year 2016 to repave and improve drainage on Lincoln Road in Bellevue between Ward Avenue and Wilson Ridge

Spot improvements - $1.2 million in fiscal year 2016 for minor repair and work in Newport

Spot improvements - $500,000 in fiscal year 2015 for minor repair and work in Dayton

Spot improvements - $500,000 in fiscal year 2015 for minor repair and work in Highland Heights

For more details on these projects as well as suburban and rural projects in Campbell County, see the full report from the Legislative Research Commission: Click Here (PDF)

Photo: 4th Street in Covington/RCN file