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Fort Mitchell Calls for Extension of Truck Restrictions on I-75 Southbound

The City of Fort Mitchell called on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to extend a truck lane restriction on I-75 southbound from Kyles Lane overpass to Buttermilk Pike.

At last week's city council meeting, the resolution was adopted unanimously.

An emergency was declared in October through an executive order by Mayor Jude Hehman after multiple commercial vehicles damaged the median barrier in that stretch of interstate highway.

The order called for immediate emergency repairs.

"Whereas, this stretch of the interstate continues to pose a significant life safety issue as commercial motor vehicle crashes continue to occur especially during a rain event," the new resolution read. "Since the work completed with the Skidabrader in November 2019 there have been 7 commercial vehicle accidents and 2 cars that struck the temporary wall."

The resolution notes that KYTC "is working on a speedy response to the safety issues", but states that extension of the truck lane restriction would temporarily improve the safety of this section of highway until all the issues are more permanently addressed.

During the council meeting last week, held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, Mayor Hehman said that a proposal is out for the $8.5 million repair needed along the highway.

Some repair work is expected to take place at some point over the next thirty days, Hehman told council. "Although barrels are going to go back up, I am actually excited because it should slow that traffic down," he said.

The truck lane restrictions keep commercial trucks out of the left passing lane, commonly referred to as a fast lane.

The city is also contemplating what may happen with its annual July 4th parade, one of the region's largest Independence Day celebrations. The COVID-19 pandemic has already forced the cancellation of local cities' Memorial Day parades originally scheduled for later this month.

City Administrator Sharmili Reddy was also present for her final city council meeting. She is set to become the new executive director of Planning & Development Services of Kenton County.

Police Chief Andrew Schierberg will serve as city administrator in the interim until a permanent hire is made.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher 

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