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Traffic Pattern Changes Coming to Newport's KY 9 Project

Traffic changes are on the way to Newport where the Kentucky Route 9 expansion continues.

On Sunday, June 4, traffic will be switched in two locations of the project and new traffic patterns will be in place by Monday, June 5, at 6 a.m.

Fifth Street will be closed between the Veterans Memorial Bridge (4th Street Bridge over the Licking River between Covington and Newport) and Central Avenue. Fourth Street will become a two-way street between the bridge and Central Avenue. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Fourth Street from the Veterans Memorial Bridge and will turn on Central Avenue to get back to Fifth Street.

Additionally, traffic at Third and York Streets will be switched to the newly constructed pavement so that construction can be completed on the remainder of the forthcoming roundabout. Third Street will stay closed between Columbia Street and and York Street, and York will stay closed at Third Street.

There will be a temporary entrance constructed to access the west parking garage at Newport on the Levee.

Access to Riverboat Row and B.B. Riverboats via Columbia Street flood wall gate will remain open to traffic.

The expansion of KY Route 9 - also known as the Licking Pike Connector - was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2012 at a cost of $26 million with the intent to connect AA Highway (KY 9) to the Taylor-Southgate Bridge in Newport. The project will include two roundabouts - one at the base of the Veterans Memorial Bridge and another at the base of the Taylor-Southgate Bridge.

-Staff report

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