KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) reconstruction in Boone County to begin
$26.1 million project will improve traffic flow and accommodate growth Covington, KY.
(Nov. 30, 2016) – The first KY 536 segment across Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties is about to receive improvements. Construction crews will soon begin expansion on the KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) in Boone County expansion – a $26.1 million project designed to improve traffic flow and increase safety in the growing community of Union.
Approximately three miles long, the project will widen the current two-lane KY 536 to five lanes from the I-71/75 southbound entrance/exit ramps westward to US 42. Continuing west from US 42 to Hathaway Road, the five lanes will shift to two lanes at Old Union Road. In the vicinity of US 42, KY 536 improvements will be on a new alignment, tying into Hathaway Road approximately 2000 feet west of Old Union Road. This project includes two roundabouts: one will be constructed at the Old Union Road and new KY 536 and the second will be west of Golden Pond Drive. In addition, multi-use paths will frame both sides of KY 536. Between the two roundabouts, sidewalks will be constructed instead of the multi-use paths.
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6, in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new KY 536 and US 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues advancing design for improvements to the other KY 536 segments through Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.”
The WL Harper Co., along with Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron, KY was awarded the low-bid contract for this project.
On December 6, construction crews will begin clearing trees and conducting excavation along the corridor. Major work will begin this spring and will continue until the project’s anticipated completion date of fall 2018.
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Kentucky awarded $67.5 million to transform Northern Kentucky interchanges INFRA grant funds safety, mobility improvements in Boone County
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 08, 2018) – One of the Commonwealth's most heavily traveled freight corridors will be revitalized thanks to a $67.5 million INFRA grant awarded to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) for I-71/I-75 interchange improvements in Boone County. Kentucky's project is one of 26 projects issued the grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation to address critical issues facing the nation's aging infrastructure.
"State funds are critical in competing for federal grants," said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Greg Thomas. "The collective financial stake of $83.4 million from traditional state and federal funds, as well as local and private funds, made this grant request a strong contender. I would like to thank Gov. Bevin for his support of this project and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her continued partnership in moving Kentucky's infrastructure forward. I also thank U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep.Thomas Massie for their roles in supporting the project. We are eager to make progress on these critical improvements that promote the Cabinet's safety mission, support job growth and enhance the quality of life for residents in the region."
The project will improve mobility for those who live and work in the area by converting both the existing KY 338 diamond interchange and the existing KY 536 diamond interchange to double crossover diamond interchanges and by reconstructing the existing U.S. 25 and KY 338 intersection to a single-point urban interchange. Safety improvements and traffic delays will be addressed by eliminating two at-grade rail crossings and constructing an overpass railroad bridge for the Norfolk Southern line.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell contacted the U.S. Department of Transportation to support his constituent's competitive federal grant application. "I was proud to work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore to help secure this $67.5 million federal investment in the Commonwealth" said Senator McConnell. "Once this project is completed, the improved interstate will better serve the entire region – not only by making travel safer and more efficient for passenger vehicles but also by supporting commercial freight transportation which is vital to thousands of workers at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). As this part of our state continues to see new growth and economic development, I am pleased that this major interstate project can help us reach our full potential."
U.S. Senator Rand Paul added: "After meeting with local leaders and community members about moving this project forward, I was happy to support their efforts to secure the necessary federal funding. As a longtime advocate for spending money on projects here at home rather than abroad, I am thrilled that Kentucky will benefit from the critical infrastructure improvements made possible by this grant, and look forward to continuing my efforts to bring our money home for projects here in this country."
The total future estimated cost of the project is $150.9 million. In addition to the INFRA grant, a combination of traditional state and federal funds, as well as local Boone County Fiscal Court funds and private funds, will pay for the remainder of the project.
"This award for major reconstruction of these two I-75/71 interchanges and additional interstate lanes in Boone County will have a tremendously favorable impact on traffic congestion, safety and the movement of goods and services along this corridor," said Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore. "These grant resources will support the significant economic development activity occurring here in Boone County and result in continuing job creation and private investment. We commend Transportation Secretary Chao for the use of federal resources that will pay dividends to local communities and extend our gratitude to Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, Representative Massie and Governor Bevin for their unwavering support of this critical infrastructure project."
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