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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Construction on new connector road around NKU campus begins
New road will improve safety, decrease congestion
COVINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2016) –    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 office will begin work on a new connector road between KY 2345 (Johns Hill Road) and KY 2238 (Three Mile Road).
The new connector road will be adjacent to Northern Kentucky University.   The 1.7 mile road will extend from Johns Hill Road, through Northern Kentucky University’s out lot parking areas and behind the residence halls, across Campbell Drive to Sunset Drive on Three Mile Road.  There will be two roundabouts, one at each end.  The roadway will have one lane in each direction with a center turn lane and sidewalks.
“This project will improve the safety and decrease traffic congestion in and around the NKU campus.” said Rob Hans, District 6 Chief District Engineer. “This connector will move much of the traffic to the perimeter of the campus away from the central area.”
Bray Construction Service, Inc. of Alexandria, KY was awarded the low-bid contract of $10.6 million for this project.
Crews will begin construction in early February.  The work will take place in several phases, which will require various lane closures, lane shifts and detours. The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.  

Motorists and pedestrians should pay attention to all construction and traffic signage, and be prepared for alternate traffic routes.  Northern Kentucky University will relay impacts to the faculty, staff and students throughout the construction project.  

Construction activities and updates will be posted on http://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictSix/Pages/default.aspx

Campbell County

1/28/201611/30/20172Connector Road around NKU campus
Second section of KY 9 expansion to begin construction
$8.7 million project will provide improved regional connectivity
Covington, KY. (Feb. 9, 2016) – Construction crews will soon begin work on the northern section of the KY 9 expansion project in Newport – a $8.7 million project designed to improve and enhance regional connectivity. 
This project, the second of three phases, begins northern portion of the new corridor from 5th Street to the Taylor Southgate Bridge.  The project includes two roundabouts, one at the end of the 4th Street/Veteran’s Bridge and the other at the end of the Taylor Southgate Bridge, near Newport on the Levee.  
“This project is the next section of the realignment and widening of the KY 9 corridor in Newport,” said Rob Hans, Chief District Engineer for Department of Highways District 6, in Covington.   “When the entire corridor is complete, it will provide improved access to Newport as well as the Taylor Southgate Bridge.”
Prus Construction Company, of Cincinnati, OH was awarded the low-bid contract of $8.7 million for this project.
This construction project will have an impact to several annual events such as the Flying Pig Marathon, Thanksgiving Day Race and other fun runs as well as pedestrian and vehicle traffic.  The public is advised to stay tuned for updated information. 
Construction on the first section of the new alignment between 12th and 9th Streets is currently in progress and will be completed this fall.
When complete, the new road will have two lanes in each direction with sidewalks, bike lanes and limited on-street parking.   The final phase, the middle portion tying all sections together, is expected to begin in 2017.
Once all phases are complete, the route will safely move traffic on KY 9 through Newport and improve regional connectivity.    
For additional updates and information, please visit http://transportation.ky.gov/DistrictSix/Pages/default.aspx or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
2/19/201610/31/20173KY 9 Northern Section

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."

Project improvements

  • Replacement of the existing conventional diamond I-71/I-75 interchanges at KY 338 (Richwood Road) and KY 536 (Mt. Zion Road) with double crossover diamond (DCD) interchanges. These improvements eliminate bottlenecks and improve safety;

  • Reconstruction of the intersection of U.S. 25 and KY 338 just east of the I-71/I-75 interchange with KY 338 to construct a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI), eliminating two at-grade rail crossings;
  • Construction of northbound and southbound auxiliary lanes along I-71/I-75 north of the KY 536 interchange (MP 178.039 to MP 180.06); and
  • Enhancements including minor widening along KY 536 and KY 338 to accommodate turn lanes, intersection improvements, access management and non-motorized transportation improvements.

    Construction for portions of the project will begin in 2019. The estimated completion for the entire project is the winter of 2021.

    Editor's Note: For a map of the I-71/I-75 Interchanges Project, click here.


Contact Information for Elected Officials' Press Offices:

  • Governor Matt Bevin – Nicole Burton (502-564-2611 / Nicole.Burton@ky.gov)
  • Senator Mitch McConnell – Robert Steurer (202-224-8288 / Robert_Steurer@mcconnell.senate.gov)                                      
  • Senator Rand Paul – Kelsey Cooper (202-224-4343 / Press@paul.senate.gov)

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