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Dixie Highway to Get New Turn Lane at Beechwood

In an effort to alleviate traffic back-ups on Dixie Highway, a left turn lane may be added in the northbound direction at Beechwood Road.

The project would widen Dixie to the west by ten to twelve feet, said a representative from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) during a meeting of the Ft. Mitchell city council this week.

KYTC previously loked at a right turn lane but determined that it was outside of the scope of the $2.2 million project. City Administrator Sharmili Reddy told The River City News that the project would be paid for with a state road grant.

Most of the work would take place in the summer of 2019, when Beechwood Schools are out of session, KYTC said. 

In addition to a turn lane, the project would also include new storm sewer structures and a curb and gutter section. There would also be improvements to the sidewalks.

Mayor Jude Hehman said that there could be additional beautification efforts in that immediate area if council is interested in exploring that, but he was caught off guard Monday that the project would not start until 2019.

"This is a great opportunity for us to beautify along Dixie Highway," the mayor said.

KYTC said that it would work to expedite the project, if possible.

Because the work will take place in an historic neighborhood, it must have a minimal impact. There will be eleven feet between the new sidewalk and the new turn lane. The intersection will be closed for a week or two, with detours for drivers and pedestrians. The traffic signal that serves one homeowner nearby will remain, though the traffic signal plan for the entire intersection is still being developed.

In addition to the project, Dixie Highway will have nightly lane closures for a resurfacing project along much of the corridor.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

Photo: Dixie Highway at Beechwood Road (RCN)