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Bellevue, Florence, Erlanger Projects Receive Federal Funds

Five Northern Kentucky transportation projects are among the twenty-three receiving nearly $63 million in federal funds awarded through the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Council of Regional Governments (OKI).

“Unanimously, the OKI board has delivered a nearly $63 million infrastructure package that will enhance a number of areas throughout our eight-county region,” said OKI board president and Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “Today’s awards are a major investment in our multi-modal transportation network. These projects will improve mobility and safety for drivers, transit riders, cyclists, and pedestrians. Overall, they will raise the quality of life for our citizens.”

The funds were allocated to Ohio and Kentucky projects through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program and the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program.

STBG funding will assist 13 Ohio projects and five Kentucky projects, many designed to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality and enhance safety at various areas and cities throughout the region.

Kentucky projects include adding sidewalks and other upgrades along Commonwealth Avenue in Erlanger ($923,000 award, $231,000 match); signal technology upgrades to Mall Road, US 42, and Ewing Boulevard corridors in Florence ($2.9 million award, $738,000 match); and bike and pedestrian improvements in Bellevue on Donnermeyer Drive between Riviera Drive and Berry Avenue ($792,000 award, $198,000 match).

Other projects include the addition of turn lanes at Aviation Boulevard in Boone County ($1.16 million award, $290,000 match), and five new TANK buses ($1.7 million award, $446,000 match).

“OKI supports a transportation network that integrates diverse modes, and these projects advance this mission,” said OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “For the communities we serve, these projects mean safer walks to school, less congested trips to work and increased connection to one another. For the region we represent, these projects signify a more vibrant economy that retains talent while attracting residents and visitors alike.”

In Bellevue, plans call for improvement to the roadway, the consolidation of access points, the addition of bike lanes, and replacement of sidewalks between Riviera and Berry.

In Erlanger, the project will upgrade Commonwealth Avenue (KY 236) by adding sidewalks, new curbing, signs, and streetscape elements.

At Aviation Boulevard, plans include the construction of left and right turn lanes on KY 20 eastbound and westbound to ease traffic congestion for the trucks and employees accessing the industrial park. Project will also add a crosswalk and new TANK Bus stop.

In Florence, the project would upgrade signals along the Mall Road, US 42, and Ewing Boulevard corridors. The signal system upgrade will include a central based signal system, upgraded controllers at twenty-four intersections, adaptive signal control, emergency vehicle preemption, CCTV cameras, and a fiber optic communication network.

-Staff report

Photo: Donnermeyer Drive in Bellevue (RCN file)