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Public Meeting to Discuss Future of 4th St./Veterans Bridge

A virtual public meeting is scheduled to discuss the future of the Fourth Street/Veterans Bridge which spans the Licking River between Covington and Newport.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced Wednesday that the "KY 8 Licking River Bridge Project Public/Consulting Party Meeting" is set for Tuesday, April 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. via the video meeting platform Zoom. (Click here for the meeting link.)

KYTC said that a key objective of the meeting is to provide an overview of the project while also explaining the required federal process related to historic resources like the bridge, which connects to an historic district in Covington, the Licking Riverside neighborhood.

The bridge is carrying what KYTC called a growing number of vehicles, as well as pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The state is currently studying various options for improving this aging structure that carries more than twice its intended daily capacity via 4th St.

Projects under consideration by KYTC follow the Project Development Process, which consists of five phases: planning; preliminary engineering & environmental evaluation; design; right-of-way & utility coordination; and construction.

The KY 8 Licking River Bridge Project is in the preliminary engineering & environmental evaluation stage of this process.

As part of the current stage of project development, the project team will:

  • Update the previously completed planning study
  • Further examine existing conditions
  • Define the purpose and needs for the project
  • Develop and evaluate project alternatives
  • Complete environmental studies according to federally-guided protocols
  • Conduct public outreach

Once these tasks are complete, the project will move into the design phase, where a set of comprehensive plans and detailed project cost estimates will be developed.

Additional public involvement opportunities will be held as the project development process progresses.

-Staff report

Photo: 4th Street/Veterans Bridge as seen from the Licking River (RCN file)

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