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Downtown Covington Street Project Scaled Back, but Begins Soon

The long-awaited improvement to the streetscape along Sixth Street and Scott Boulevard in downtown Covington is finally set to be underway.

The Covington city commission approved a contract with Adleta Inc. valued at up to $1.37 million for the restoration project.

The work includes the portions of Scott between Fourth and Sixth streets, and Sixth between Scott and Madison Avenue.

The project will include new sidewalks, underground utilities, new accessible sidewalk ramps, decorative lampposts, new brick pavement, trees, and trash cans.

"This has been in the discussion phase for as long as I've been with the city," Public Works Director Rick Davis said. "It feels good to stop talking about this stuff and actually get it done."

The work will complement similar projects that changed the streetscape on Scott to the north and on Madison north of Eighth Street, Davis said.

The project emanated from the 2012 Covington Center City Action Plan which called for improving the "walkability" of downtown, better connecting business districts in Covington, and making the public realm more "inviting."

A previous attempt in 2017 to find a contractor resulted in a price tag that the city deemed to be too expensive. The project has since been scaled back. It previously included Sixth Street between Madison Avenue to the entry of Mainstrasse Village. That section is now part of a possible future phase.

The construction and material will be funded by federal transportation grants earmarked specifically for such improvements, Davis said. The latest design work for the project was completed by GRW - an engineering, architectural, and geospatial consulting firm - earlier this year.

Work should be finished by summer 2020. The city will meet with individual businesses affected by underground utility work, and any impact on traffic will be minor and short, Davis said.

-Staff report

Photo: Portion of 6th Street near Mother of God Church, which is no longer part of the current project (RCN file)