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$67 Million Awarded to Improve I-71/75 Through Part of Boone County

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $67 million in federal grant funds to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to address needed improvements to I-71/75 in Boone County.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced the funds on Friday.

KYTC will use these resources to begin major improvements to approximately five miles of I-75/I-71 between Richwood and Florence in Boone County. Recent studies show that this important interstate corridor has seen a severe increase in traffic volumes – reaching levels three times more than it was designed to accommodate.

To alleviate the growing congestion, KYTC will use the federal grant funding to construct auxiliary lanes and a new type of interchange near Mt. Zion Road called a “double crossover diamond.” These new investments in Kentucky’s transportation system can help ease congestion, increase capacity, and improve safety.

“I was proud to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore to help secure this $67.5 million federal investment in the Commonwealth,” said McConnell, in a news release. “Once this project is completed, the improved interstate will better serve the entire region – not only by making travel safer and more efficient for passenger vehicles but also by supporting commercial freight transportation which is vital to thousands of workers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). As this part of our state continues to see new growth and economic development, I am pleased that this major interstate project can help us reach our full potential.” 

“This award for major reconstruction of these two I-75/71 interchanges and additional interstate lanes in Boone County will have a tremendously favorable impact on traffic congestion, safety and the movement of goods and services along this corridor,” said Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore. “These grant resources will support the significant economic development activity occurring here in Boone County and result in continuing job creation and private investment. We commend Transportation Secretary Chao for the use of federal resources that will pay dividends to local communities and extend our gratitude to Senator McConnell and Governor Bevin for their unwavering support of this critical infrastructure project.”

-Staff report

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