Taylor Mill Celebrates Completion of Kentucky 16 Project
The long-awaited renovation of the Kentucky 16 corridor is finally finished, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting was held inside the LaRosa's restaurant in Taylor Mill on Monday morning to celebrate the new road which was started in 2011.
"Today we celebrate the long awaited opening of Kentucky 16," said Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen. "This shows the legacy of Governor (Steve) Beshear's time in office, that his improvement of infrastructure has been significant. Since he has been in office, there has been $196 million in transportation projects in Kenton County alone. This 4.2 mile stretch in Taylor Mill, complete with curbs, gutters and sidewalks is one of the projects, and the cost of $79.2 million is a great investment in Taylor Mill and in Kentucky."
State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), who represents the southern Kenton County and was instrumental in helping to obtain the money for the project, agreed.
"Success has 1,000 fathers, but failure is an orphan," Thayer stated. "When I was elected in 2003 I first saw the plans for a new alignment of Ky 16. I knew that the numbers were too big, that we probably couldn't get $80 million in one fell swoop. But when we divided it into three projects we introduced it in the six year plan, which works on two years at a time. It really shows what we can create when we use our taxpayer dollars."
Taylor Mill Mayor Dan Bell related how so many people helped to make the project come together, and remembered how Senator Thayer had called him at 11:50 p.m. one night to excitedly tell him that they had the money.
"I didn't wait till I got home to tell him," said Thayer with a laugh. "I called him from the Senate floor!"
Mayor Bell said this has been a year of firsts: last November the Trifecta building, housing the LaRosa's, was officially opened in the Districts of Taylor Mill, and in March it was announced that the High Ridge Park subdivision will ad 60 new homes, and on May 9 Taylor Mill was selected as the 9th best city to live in by Cincinnati Magazine, and on May 27 the city was chosen as an All-Star city for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and finally, on June 19 Pride Park was voted Best Park in Northern Kentucky by Cincinnati Magazine.
"So all of these things combined provide Taylor Mill residents with a great place to live and raise their families," Bell said proudly. "And with this ribbon cutting ceremony, along with the great city services we offer, CALEA Accredited Police, Fire ALs services, and strong city maintenance, we will launch new economic development, and Taylor Mill will become a destination place."
The 4.2 mile stretch of road was divided into 3 sections. The north section, consisting of 1 mile, went from Blackstone Court to I-275; the southern section, comprising 1.2 miles, went from Klette Road to Sunbrite Drive; and the middle section, all 2 miles of it, stretched from Sunbrite Drive to Blackstone Court. Some of the road has five lanes, with a continuous turn lane, and curbs and seven foot sidewalks to encourage walking in the city.
The entire project cost $79.2 million.
"I think the people in Frankfort are starting to understand that we are an economic driver in Northern Kentucky," Bell stated. "They are starting to watch, because they are realizing whatever goes in Northern Kentucky, so goes the entire Commonwealth, as far as economy and jobs. It is important that we be vibrant here."
Story & photos by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Top photo: KYTC District 6 Chief Engineer Rob Hans, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen, Sen. Damon Thayer, and Mayor Dan Bell