Setting The Stage

KENTON COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PLAN

2003 Kenton County Transportation Plan

A transportation plan for Kenton County was adopted by the OKI Board in March 2003. The plan was intended to meet Kenton County’s transportation needs to year 2030, however a decade has passed since this plan was adopted and much has changed. Population growth south of KY 16, land use shifts, a worldwide economic recession, and growing elderly population are just a few of the changes that have created new challenges to the way people and goods travel in Kenton County. Due to these and many other factors, a fresh look at Kenton County’s current and future transportation needs has been recognized by county leaders and will be addressed by this new plan


2003 Kenton County Transportation Plan

 

2003 Plan Project Status

Study Area

The study area for this new plan will include all the different ways people and goods travel throughout the entire county. Consideration will be given to north/south and east/west connections that may fall just outside the county’s borders in neighboring Boone and Campbell counties. These connections include a large portion of the I-71/75 corridor and its critical interchanges to the west, as well as the four Licking River bridges which provide eastern ties to I-471 and US 27. Linkages to these adjacent roadways are vital to Kenton County’s ability to connect not only to Northern Kentucky, but the entire Midwest, US and Canadian/Mexican markets.


View The Study Area

Goals and Objectives

A transportation plan for Kenton County was adopted by the OKI Board in March 2003. The plan was intended to meet Kenton County’s transportation needs to year 2030, however a decade has passed since this plan was adopted and much has changed. Population growth south of KY 16, land use shifts, a worldwide economic recession, and growing elderly population are just a few of the changes that have created new challenges to the way people and goods travel in Kenton County. Due to these and many other factors, a fresh look at Kenton County’s current and future transportation needs has been recognized by county leaders and will be addressed by this new plan


OKI Regional Transportation Plan

Current Kenton County TIP Projects

OKI Strategic Regional Policy Plan

NKAPC Direction 2030: Kenton County Comprehensive Plan

Emphasis will be placed on transportation efforts that support global competitiveness, productivity (job creation/retention) and efficiency (time and cost savings).
Thorough examination will work to reduce the risk of crashes that cause injuries and fatalities of all types (car, bicycle, pedestrian, etc.).
Attention will be placed on the importance of sustainable prevention, detection, response and recovery efforts to protect Kenton County transportation systems’ critical infrastructure from human and natural disasters.
Weight will be set on enhancing and expanding the effectiveness of the transportation system by promoting multimodal options that address the needs of all.
Efforts will encourage fuel conservation, vehicle emissions reduction, improvements in human health, and consistency with local land use policies.
Value will be set on creating a functional transportation system that allows people and goods to travel efficiently between their desired destinations.
Awareness will be made of the ongoing importance of an organized process for managing transportation system performance and traffic operations.

Executive Summary

The Kenton County Transportation Plan Executive Summary is now available, you can view the Summary and all 66 of it's transportation recommendations here.

Project Maps

Staff has concluded data collection and research to determine existing and future transportation conditions and is beginning to move into the analysis and recommendations phase of the plan. The following maps have been used by staff to help identify areas of highest transportation concern across Kenton County. These maps have been refined over the past several months from input received from the Advisory Team, various agency staff and the public.

John Doe

TIP MAP

TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) - We want to be aware of what projects are already funded (whole or partially) and moving forward towards implementation. Staff is considering these improvements as we look at transportation data to make sure we don’t duplicate efforts and make recommendations for improvements that are already scheduled or underway.

Jane Helf

FUNCTIONAL CLASSIFICATION MAP

This plan will focus on these heavier-used, functionally-classified roads and not local, neighborhood streets. Since we’re planning for the entire county, we have to focus on the larger transportation system. This map also shows in grey the Urbanized Area in which OKI federal funding can be invested. The needs of the non-urbanized area and southern, more rural sections of the county are not being ignored. However, these areas and roadways will require separate, but different funding sources and approaches.

Joshua Insanus

SAFETY MAP

Critical Rate Factor (CRF): is the quotient of the crash rate for a roadway spot or segment divided by the critical crash rate for similar roadway spots or segments based on the roadway type, number of lanes, and median type. The critical crash rate is the sum of the average crash rate for a given roadway type plus a factor which measures the exposure (vehicle miles of travel) to possible crashes. A critical crash rate factor greater than one is indicative of the statistical probability that crashes are not occurring randomly at the spot or in that segment. CRF is a good indicator of safety because it normalizes the data with data from similar roads and provides a statistical basis for our analysis.

John Doe

OTHER SAFETY CONCERNS MAP

Roads Less than 20 feet in Width: Many of these county roads are not functionally classified, but there is a need to review and determine how to maintain them.

High Risk Rural Roads: The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Federal Highway Administration coordinated to provide funds to counties for signing curves. Our NKY counties were selected as the pilot project for this program. Kenton County Public Works selected the SIX purple roadways for sign installation.

Jane Helf

TRAFFIC VOLUME

Annual average daily traffic (AADT) measures the total volume of vehicle traffic of a road for a year divided by 365 days. AADT is a useful and simple measurement of how busy the road is.

Joshua Insanus

CONGESTION MAP

Peak period congestion is measured using the travel time index. Travel time index is ratio between reference speed (the 85th percentile of all speeds (24-hour) This takes into account stop and go for signalized intersections and actual observed speed. Red represents locations with 50% slower speeds vs. reference speed. The data records are from 2011 – for both AM-morning and PM-afternoon commuting peak periods.

John Doe

FUTURE LAND USE DEMANDS MAP

Members of Northern Kentucky Areas Planning Commission (NKAPC) and OKI planning, engineering, building and transportation departments have identified demographic trends around a series of maps housing density changes from 1990 to 2010, current employment density, projected changes in household and employment 2005 to 2040, special needs population groups and proximity to transit, disabled, aging, lower income, parcels in Kenton county with no structures present, funded transportation projects and existing land use and topographic constraints. Seventeen road segments were found to be potentially impacted by future land use demands.

Jane Helf

BICYCLING ASSESSMENT

This map shows the OKI Bike Route Map for Kenton County which was last updated in 2009. The blue lines note preferred routes for bicycling; yellow mean use with caution; and, red are not recommended for bike travel. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and many of local Northern Kentucky communities have recognized the accommodation of bicyclists as a desirable goal. KYTC has been taking action, so that bicycling considerations are part of the environmental assessment and design phases of all projects, including new construction, widening, highway improvements, and resurfacing.

Joshua Insanus

SURVEY MAP

The Plan sought input from the public through an online survey. For over two months, the survey was open online and paper copies were provided to community groups. 432 surveys were received. Staff is currently reading through all the responses to make sure all concerns are being considered as the transportation recommendations are being drafted.
  • Driving: 225
  • Bike: 93
  • Walking: 61
  • Transit: 40
  • Freight: 13

OUTREACH

KENTON COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Kenton County Transportation Plan Advisory Team Members

Staff held individual meetings in August and September 2013 with each of the Advisory Team members and their agencies to gather input on transportation needs.

• Andrew Aiello, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

• Judge Steve Arlinghaus, Kenton County Fiscal Court

• Councilmember Nancy Atkinson, City of Edgewood

• Mayor Dan Bell, City of Taylor Mill

• Councilmember Thomas Cahill, City of Erlanger

• Mayor Sherry Carran, City of Covington

• Paul Darpel, Kenton County Planning Commission

• Rob Hans, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

• Mayor Marty Lenhof, City of Elsmere

• Mayor Mike Martin, City of Villa Hills

• Larry Maxey, Resident

• Jason Ramler, Kentucky Bicycle & Bikeway Commissioner

• Councilmember Christopher Reinersman, City of Independence

• David Spaulding, Esq., Northern Kentucky Water District

• Councilmember Bernie Wessels, City of Fort Wright

• Mayor Chris Wiest, City of Fort Mitchell


Advisory Team October 9, 2013 Meeting

Staff held individual meetings in August and September 2013 with each of the Advisory Team members and their agencies to gather input on transportation needs.

Minutes

Overview Presentation

TANK Presentation

Advisory Team Member Email Updates

Staff’s use of electronic communication tools such as Constant Contact keeps Advisory Members informed and engaged in the Plan’s development. These tools also assist in keeping this year-long effort very efficient.

September 9, 2013

November 6, 2013

March 26, 2014 Advisory Team Minutes

 

Fall Online Survey

To help identify existing transportation needs throughout the county, an online survey was made available on this webpage. Staff used social media tools to inform the public about the survey, including a video and webcast to enlist the help of community organizations and agencies to spread the word about the project.

Survey Video

October 11, 2013 Webcast

Community Partners

  • Greater Covington Neighborhood
  • Covington River City News
  • NKU Communications and Marketing Dept
  • Senior Services of NKY
  • Northern Kentucky Action Commission
  • City of Park Hills
  • City of Covington
  • Kenton County Parks/Rec

 

November Outreach to Kenton County Public School Bus Drivers

Staff held individual meetings in August and September 2013 with each of the Advisory Team members and their agencies to gather input on transportation needs.

November 8, 2013 Email Message

Bus Drivers’ Transportation Concerns

November 21, 2013 Meeting with South Kenton Citizens Group Minutes

Staff held individual meetings in August and September 2013 with each of the Advisory Team members and their agencies to gather input on transportation needs.

Meeting Summary

Get Involved

See the timeline below for a listing of upcoming events related to this project.



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  • rbancroft@oki.org
  • (513) 621-6300
  • OKI Regional Council of Governments
    720 E. Pete Rose Way
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202