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Taylor Creek Culvert Along Riverboat Row to Undergo Repairs

An extensive culvert repair project in Newport is ready to begin that will build a much improved Taylor Creek culvert between Joe’s Crab Shack and Chart House restaurants. Taylor Creek runs through Bellevue and Newport, under KY 8 and feeds into the Ohio River.

“This structure has exhibited substantial deterioration of the last several years,” said Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 6, in Covington.  “Severe erosion around the outlet of the culvert has also occurred, requiring modifications to the culvert’s discharge location.  When the project is complete, it will stabilize and improve the river bank area, allowing opportunities to the City of Newport for future use of the area.”

(SEE PREVIOUSLY: Part of Riverboat Row to Close for Much of the Year -- Here's How to Access the Businesses)

Sunesis Construction Company, of West Chester, Ohio was awarded the contract on a low-bid of $3.8 million.

Beginning, Feb. 9, Riverboat Row will be closed to through vehicular traffic, bicycles and pedestrians between the Chart House Restaurant and Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant.   The intersection of Riverboat Row and Dave Cowans Drive (KY 8) will remain open at Riviera Drive, but traffic will not be able to enter to Riverboat Row.   Traffic will be able to access to Joe’s Crab Shack Restaurant and Comfort Suites Hotel, but not beyond those entrances.  Traffic access for the Chart House Restaurant will be provided through the Newport “Port of Entry.”

The contractor has 205 working days to complete the project, with an anticipation completion date of spring 2016.  Completion of the project is dependent on the fluctuating Ohio River levels.  Riverboat Row will be closed to through traffic for the majority of the project.  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will have signage in place to maintain access to all businesses. 

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet