NKY Cities Receives Grant from Regional Council of Governments
Several towns in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties have received grants from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, also known as OKI, for regional transportation projects.
The agency awarded a total of $11.19 million across the three counties; it awarded $69 million in funding across the three states.
“$69 million is the largest amount OKI has ever awarded in a single year,” CEO Mark Policinski said. “This is largely due to the increase in formula funds provided by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. Never have these investments been so crucial to our economy, our security and our future.
The Town of Bellevue in Campbell County received grants for two different sidewalk projects.
The city received $1.8 million to install approximately 2,000 feet of sidewalk on Covert Run Pike from Bellevue Reserves (formerly the trailer park) to the sidewalk near the 300 block near Taylor Avenue. The project also includes the installation of drainage and the resurfacing of the road.
The second project — installing a sidewalk on the south side of Frank Benke Way and in front of the Eagles on the north side, in front of Bellevue Beach Park — received $435,994. Plans for the project also include widening the street and adding disabled ramps if needed.
Both grants require a match of 20% from the city or approximately $405,000.
Bellevue Mayor Charlie Cleves sits on OKI’s board of directors and helps determine where funds are allocated.
The Town of Newport in Campbell County received $595,474 for sidewalk improvements.
Improvements will be made on both sides of Monmouth Street and on the south side of 3rd Street. The project will remove the existing brick pavers and replace them with stamped concrete.
Newport will match 20% of the grant or $132,000.
The Town of Silver Grove in Campbell County received a $310,642 grant for a KY 8 sidewalk project.
The project includes the extension of the sidewalk to the eastern edge of the city near Melbourne. This project has three phases. Once all steps are completed, residents will have a pedestrian connection to access parks, government services, restaurants, etc.
There will be a 20% grant from Silver Grove, or $70,173.
The City of Covington, Kenton County, received a $934,917 grant for Madison Avenue signal improvements.
The project plans to rebuild the signals at Madison Avenue and 6th Street and Madison Avenue, and Pike Street. It also calls for interconnecting the city’s traffic lights along Madison Avenue between 6th Street and Robbins Street, with possible interconnection with KYTC-owned signals at 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th Streets.
Covington would match 20% or $187,554 for this project.
The town of Crestview Hills in Kenton County received $144,072 in funding for a Dixie Freeway sidewalk project.
The project includes a new sidewalk along the south side of the Dixie Freeway from Carran Drive to Whitehouse Drive.
Crestview Hills would match 20% of the funds or $32,000.
The town of Elsmere in Kenton County received $276,992 in funds for new sidewalks near Howell Elementary.
Plans for the project call for a new sidewalk and an update to a non-ADA compliant sidewalk along Edwards Road from Central Row Road to the existing sidewalk.
Elsmere will match 20% of the funds or $64,000.
The town of Villa Hills in Kenton County received $3.8 million in funding for sidewalk and drainage improvements at the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Collins Road.
Plans include converting the existing three-way stop to a fully signalized intersection. It also foresees new turning lanes, protected pedestrian crossing signals and a new sidewalk along Collins Road and Amsterdam Road will be put in place as well as storm water improvements.
Villa Hills will match 20% of the funds for this project, or $853,000.
Boone County Tax Court
Boone County received $564,831 in funds for a sidewalk project in the Cherry Hills Subdivision.
This project calls for the replacement of all sidewalks on the Cherry Hills Subdivision and includes ADA curb ramps and driveway aprons.
The local counterpart for this project is 50% or $500,000.
Boone County, Kentucky 237
Boone County received $647,035 in funds to make changes to KY 237.
The project includes the construction of right turn lanes at several intersections along KY 237, Conrad Lane, Cougar Path, Limaburg Road, Barbara Drive and Coral Drive.
The local counterpart for this project is 50% or $575,000.
The Town of Walton in Boone County received additional funding of $205,711 for the High Street Pedestrian Bridge.
Plans include an aluminum truss bridge with associated foundations, access stairs and ADA elevators to restore the old crosswalk on the Norfolk Southern Railroad line. The project also includes the replacement of a sidewalk between the existing pedestrian facilities along Main Street and High Street.
Walton had already received $220,000 for this project.
The city will match 20% or $93,026.
Northern Kentucky Transportation Authority
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky, known locally as TANK, received $1.5 million in grants for new buses.
Plans include the purchase of 18 demand response buses for use in the regional mobility program.
The local counterpart for this project is 20% or $329,858.