Strikes Balance between Existing and Future Needs Employing Multi-modal Solutions
Cincinnati, Ohio – The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board of Directors today approved the OKI Kenton County Transportation Plan, setting the strategies needed to create a seamless, integrated, multi-modal transportation system that efficiently, economically and reliably moves people and goods throughout the county.
“This important study recognizes the dramatic changes in Kenton County over the past decade and, more critically, provides dozens of recommendations to address the impacts of those changes,” said Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus, First Vice President of OKI and Advisory Team Chair for the plan.
Arlinghaus continued, “Participation by the plan’s Advisory Team members and the public was invaluable in helping us make this a collaborative and comprehensive effort. I commend and thank those that provided input about what they think are the county’s most critical existing and future transportation issues.”
“Focusing on bettering our roads, transit, freight accessibility, bike and pedestrian paths will continue to increase the quality of life and economic well-being of all Kenton County residents,” said Covington Mayor and OKI Board Member, Sherry Carran.
“A strong network of east-west and north-south corridors is critical to Kenton County,” said Taylor Mill Mayor and OKI Board Member, Dan Bell. “This plan recognizes the need to invest in improving roads like KY 536, KY 1501, and KY 16 for improved connectivity or else we risk complete gridlock and economic peril.”
“Independence has been the fastest growing city in Kenton County over the past decade and the forecast is for this trend to only continue,” stated Independence Councilman and OKI Board Member, Chris Reinersmann. “The plan seeks to strike a balance between existing and future transportation demand to improve access and safety to key residential, employment, and commercial destinations throughout the county.”
From the 65 recommendations, the plan identifies 22 high priorities that have the most immediate need and best address the plan’s primary issues of congestion, safety, land use development, socio-economic support, and multi-modal connectivity. Included in the top priorities is KY 536 widening and alignment improvements from Boone County to KY 17 and scoping study for the segment from KY 17 to the Licking River, U.S. 25 (Dixie Highway) Transit Corridor, which would introduce high-frequency, enhanced bus transit to Northern Kentucky communities and construction of a new KY 8 (Fourth Street Bridge) to accommodate all traffic modes (motorized vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and transit bus).
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) is committed to improving safe transit and transportation options across the region through collaboration, strategic planning and economic development. Each year, OKI invests approximately $40 million in federal funding for projects throughout the region. Its 117 members represent government, business and community groups from nearly 200 communities in the eight-county, three-state region. For more information, please visit www.oki.org.
You can view the Executive Summary Here
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Todd B. Portune
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