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Trails, Sidewalks, Buses & More: NKY Projects Win Grant Funding

Multiple projects in Northern Kentucky received federal and state grant funds through the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) on Thursday.

The projects in Kentucky include sidewalks, multi-use paths, and hybrid buses.

In all, OKI announced more than $41 million in awards for the eight counties it serves in the three states.

“Today’s awards are a meaningful investment in our multi- modal transportation network," said OKI board chair T.C. Rogers, a Butler County, Oh. commissioner. "These projects improve mobility and safety for drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. What’s more, they enhance quality of life.”

The funds were allocated to Ohio and Kentucky projects through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program and the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program.

“OKI supports a transportation network that integrates diverse modes, and these projects advance this mission,” said OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “For the communities we serve, these projects mean safer walks to school, less congested trips to work, and increased opportunity for active recreation. For the region we represent, these projects signify a more vibrant economy that retains talent while attracting residents and visitors alike.”

Federally-funded Kentucky projects:

Boone County-Conner Road Multi-Use Path

Grant:$1,012,500

Match: $1,012,500

Construct a 10-ft.-wide multi-use path from KY237 (North Bend Road) to KY 20 (Petersburg Road), a distance of 1.35 miles. Includes a sidewalk connection on KY 20 from Merrie Drive to Conner Road, a distance of 730 feet. This path section is a segment of the overall regional CVG Trail Loop.

Campbell County-Improved Access to NKU Mixed-Use Development

Grant: $861,704

Match: $369,302

The project is located near NKU's campus on KY SR 2238 (Louie B. Nunn Drive) and on US27. Includes transit super stop, turn lanes on Nunn, upgrade and reconstruction of old sidewalks and new pedestrian/bicycle path linking the NKU campus to the new development.

Covington-West Covington Riverfront Commons Shared Use Path

Grant: $714,530

Match: $178,632

Construct an 8-ft.-wide concrete multi-use path along the Ohio River using existing public right of way/city-owned property between River Road (city street) and the existing shared use path located on the north side of the floodwall, just west of the Brent Spence Bridge.

Dayton-Riverfront Commons, Dayton KY Eastern Trail

Grant: $810,665

Match: $202,666

This phase of the overall 11.5-mile multi-use trail is 1 mile between Berry Street and Fourth Avenue (KY 8).

Taylor Mill-Taylor Mill Sidewalk Project Phase 3

Grant: $846,424

Match: $211,606

Construction of a new sidewalk along the north/east side of Taylor Mill Road (KY 3716) between Saddlebrook Drive and Walnut Street. 

Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky-Replace 4 Diesel Buses with Hybrid-Electric Buses

Grant: $1,990,176

Match: $497,544

Replacement of four diesel Buses with Hybrid-Electric Buses.

Kentucky Transportation Alternatives (TA) funded projects:

Boone County-Burlington KY 18

Grant: $500,000

Match: $140,000

Sidewalks New sidewalks on the south side of KY18 from Ethan Drive to existing sidewalk east of Southpointe Drive and north side from Main Street to existing sidewalk west of Nicholas Street.

Boone County-Frogtown Connector Road Sidewalk

Grant: $500,000

Match: $200,000

New sidewalk on the west side of Frogtown Connector Road from the end of the existing sidewalk north of Calle Luna Lane.

Erlanger-Brightleaf & Narrows Road Sidewalk Completion

Grant: $188,475

Match: $47,119

New sidewalks on Brightleaf and Narrows Road from Turkeyfoot Road to Thorntree Road.

Florence-Center and Russell Street Sidewalk

Grant: $390,664

Match: $97,666

New sidewalk along the south side of Center Street from Shelby Street to Liberty Court and the north-east side of Russell Street.

Silver Grove-Silver Grove KY 8 Sidewalks

Grant: $186,163

Match: $46,541 

Phase 3 Multi-use path on the south side of KY 8 from the corner of KY 8 and Kay Wright Lane and the western entrance in Morschel Park.

-Staff report
Photo: Riverfront Commons in Covington