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How to Support Bellevue Businesses & Manage the Fairfield Construction Detour

The Brent Spence Bridge at I-71/75 in Covington is down to two lanes in both directions, the Kentucky Route 9 project has disrupted traffic patterns in Newport, and now comes another major interruption for motorists in the River Cities.

A Sanitation District 1 project on Taylor Avenue in Bellevue is moving north across Fairfield Avenue (Kentucky Route 8) and will force the main road through the city to be closed for several weeks.

Work starts Monday, July 10.

The sewer reconstruction project, which will separate sanitation and storm water pipes along Taylor, is expected to be completed by August 4.

Fairfield Avenue is home to a popular shopping district and the City of Bellevue and promotional group, In Vue are urging customers to show support for the merchants during a challenging period. "Your favorite businesses will need your support during what will prove to be a challenging time for the heart of Bellevue's Historic Shopping District," In Vue said in a promotional email. "We truly appreciate all those who have unwavering dedication to our town no matter the inconvenience and want to reward everyone for the extra effort to visit us."

Merchants are offerings a couple of ways to incentivize shopping in the district. On Friday, the regular First Friday shopping event is themed "Lucky Sevens" this month. From 5 to 9 p.m., for every $20 spent on Fairfield Avenue, shoppers will earn $5 in "Bellevue Bucks", the nickname for gift certificates valid at all participating businesses there. Those bucks can be redeemed during the construction period that starts on Monday. On Friday night, which is construction-free, shoppers can earn up to $100 in Bellevue Bucks.

Meanwhile, In Vue and the City of Bellevue are pushing "Endure the Detour" starting Monday with construction. For each purchase at a Fairfield Avenue business, shoppers will receive an entry to win one of two prizes, with each being $250 in Bellevue Bucks. Shoppers will receive one entry for each business that is patronized each day. There is no limit to the number of total entries.

As for the traffic impact, Fairfield Avenue will have restricted traffic starting on Monday, July 10 with the full closure taking place some time between July 12 and July 19. Traffic will be detoured around the surrounding blocks.

Semi-trucks will not use the detours because Fairfield Avenue is a state route. That means, SD1 will pause work to allow semi trucks to pass, with the help of flaggers on the site.

The City of Bellevue has created the following detour routes, which include temporary one-way streets:

For eastbound travelers: Fairfield Avenue to Lafayette Avenue to Poplar Street (one-way eastbound) to Washington Avenue and back to Fairfield.

For westbound travelers: Fairfield Avenue to Washington Avenue to Eden Avenue (one-way westbound) to Lafayette Avenue (one-way southbound) and back to Fairfield.

When the work is completed and traffic returns to normal, the work underground will have resulted in the elimination of a combined sewer, meaning that heavy rainfalls will not result in eliminating sewage into the Ohio River.

-Staff report