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Kenton County Awarded $9.6 Million for East-West Corridor Improvements

Kenton County was awarded more than $9.6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program.

The funds, announced by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), are to be used to improve an east-west link across Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties with a focus on the KY 536 corridor from U.S. 25 to KY 17, which provides a connection between I-75 and Independence.

The project involves intersection improvements, a roundabout conversion, and other upgrades, according to the announcement.

KY 536 is currently plagued by narrow lanes and sharp turns.

“Continued investment into Northern Kentucky’s infrastructure will support the region’s economic growth and its bright future,” said McConnell. “Receiving a highly-competitive BUILD grant is a testament to strong local leadership, and I’ve been proud to work with Judge Kris Knochelmann and his team to help protect local families and workers on the roads. As Senate Majority Leader, I’ll continue drawing national attention to Kentucky’s priorities and helping our Commonwealth punch above its weight.”

“I’m very appreciative of Senator McConnell’s assistance with and support for Kenton County’s BUILD grant application,” said Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “He has been a steadfast supporter of projects in Northern Kentucky, and this one in particular will directly benefit the cities of Independence and Taylor Mill, as well as the other cities across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties that need better east-west transportation options. Kentucky is very fortunate to have Senator McConnell in leadership in Washington, D.C., so that our voice can be heard and projects like the KY-536 reconstruction can happen.” 

In 2018, Senator McConnell helped Boone County secure a $67.5 million competitive DOT grant to upgrade I-71/I-75, including near the KY-536 interchange.

-Staff report

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