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Improvements Coming to Johnson Street, RiverCenter Boulevard

The nearly $875,000 reconstruction of Johnson Street and Rivercenter Boulevard could begin as early as August, providing a more visible and safer connection for pedestrians who want to get from hotels on the west side of the riverfront to attractions a few blocks east, the City of Covington announced.
An order accepting the bid of Florence-based Riegler Blacktop Inc. as the contractor on the long-awaited project was approved Tuesday night by the Covington city commission.
The project will include full reconstruction of the road's surface between its intersection with Third Street and a point about 1,000-feet north and east just shy of where the road's surface becomes brick pavers, near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, said Covington Public Works Director Rick Davis.
The reconstructed road will transform from four lanes to three to accommodate a wider sidewalk on the south side, where the existing sidewalk is unusually narrow. The north side lacks a sidewalk. The project will also include new lighting and new storm drains to handle run-off from any future redevelopment of the nearby IRS site, Davis said.
"Number one, that pavement has been failing for some time," Davis said. "Number two, the narrow sidewalk there now is neither safe nor inviting for pedestrians. That's a problem, because this is an important corridor that connects the hotels to the west with the convention center, the restaurants in the RiverCenter complex, as well as the Roebling Suspension Bridge that leads back and forth from Reds games."
The goal, he said, is to create a functional and appealing roadway, sidewalks, and streetscape "that contribute to Covington's economic development and vitality."
Covington will use several federal sources to pay for the reconstruction. The project had previously been approved by the city commission and has been in the planning and design stage since 2016.
-Staff report
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