Northern Portion of KY 9 Project to Open Thursday with New Changes for Drivers

The northern section of the Kentucky Route 9 expansion project in Newport will open Thursday, December 21.

That means easier flowing traffic and some changes to the traffic pattern, too.

“This northern section was a big part of the overall Kentucky 9 expansion,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “The new improvements will offer better connectivity and enhance economic opportunities not only for the city of Newport but for the entire region.”

The northern section of the project is the second of three phases, and begins at Fifth Street and goes to the Taylor Southgate Bridge. There are two roundabouts, one at the end of the Fourth Street/Veterans Memorial Bridge, and another at the end of the Taylor Southgate Bridge near Newport on the Levee.

With Thursday’s opening of KY 9’s northern section, drivers should beware of the following:

  • The two-way on Monmouth Street, between Third and Fourth Street will revert back to a one-way on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
  • Motorists traveling westbound on Fourth Street will turn left at the light at Central Avenue for one block and then turn right on Fifth Street to enter the new roundabout and continue on Kentucky 8 into Covington.
  • Motorists coming from the Taylor Southgate Bridge or westbound Kentucky 8 will have two options: To use Columbia Street to go to BB Riverboats, the Riverchase Apartments, or the Hampton Inn & Suites, take the right lane to access; To continue to Covington, take the middle lane to access the roundabout.
  • Parking and access lanes are on both sides of the new roadway starting at each roundabout.

Although the road is open to traffic, work will still continue on the curb and gutter and along the right of way until all the tasks are complete.

The first section of the new alignment between 12th and Ninth Street was completed in the fall of last year. Construction to the middle section recently began in October and will have very little impact to traffic. 

Once that section is completed in December 2018, the new 1.4 mile-long road will have two lanes in each direction with sidewalks, bike lanes, and limited on-street parking. 

The total cost for all three sections on this corridor project – including design, utilities, right of way and construction – is $45 million.

The new route aims to safely move traffic on Kentucky 9 through Newport, improve regional connectivity, and increase utilization of the Taylor Southgate Bridge.

-Staff report