OKI Awards More Than $41 Million to Transportation Projects Across the Region

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Cincinnati, Ohio – Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President and Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers announced today the award of more than $41 million to be distributed to 24 transportation projects in the region.

“With unanimous support, the board of OKI has delivered a $41 million infrastructure package that will strengthen the eight-county region,” said Rogers. “Today’s awards are a meaningful investment in our multi- modal transportation network. These projects improve mobility and safety for drivers, transit riders, cyclistsand pedestrians. What’s more, they enhance quality of life.”

The funds were allocated to Ohio and Kentucky projects through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program and the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program.

The STBG funding will assist 12 projects, ranging from roadway reconstruction to multi-use trail connections to clean-energy bus procurement. Among the Ohio projects is the replacement of the deteriorating King Avenue Bridge over the Little Miami River in Warren County, a new roundabout near Liberty Center in Butler County, as well as the Western Hills Viaduct Replacement Project. Kentucky projects include the addition of four hybrid-electric buses to TANK’s fleet; improved road, transit and path access to Northern Kentucky University; along with extensions to Riverfront Commons and the Conner Road Path near CVG.

The TA funding benefits 12 bike and pedestrian projects. These funds will enable sidewalk rehabilitation throughout the region and the expansion of Cincinnati Red Bike. Awarded multi-use connectors include the Miami 2 Miami Trail and Oxford Area Trails in Butler County, as well as a path along KY 8 in Silver Grove, Campbell County.

“OKI supports a transportation network that integrates diverse modes, and these projects advance this mission,” said OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “For the communities we serve, these projects mean safer walks toschool, less congested trips to work, and increased opportunity for active recreation. For the region we represent, these projects signify a more vibrant economy that retains talent while attracting residents andvisitors alike.”

OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and economic development potential of the Tri-State.


Frogtown Connector

New sidewalk on the west side of Frogtown Connector Road from the end of the existing sidewalk north of Calle Luna Lane.

Amount Funded: $500,000


Burlington Sidewalks

New sidewalks on the south side of KY18 from Ethan Drive to existing sidewalk east of Southpointe Drive and north side from Main Street to existing sidewalk west of Nicholas Street.

Amount Funded: $500,000


Smith Road Connector Trail

Multi-use path connecting the roundabout at Smith and Beckett Road to the existing trail on Smith Road, just west of Princeton-Glendale Road.

Amount Funded: $435,055


Conner Road Multi-Use Path

Construct a 10’ wide multi-use path from KY237 (North Bend Road) to KY 20 (Petersburg Road), a distance of 1.35 miles. Includes a sidewalk connection on KY 20 from Merrie Drive to Conner Road, a distance of 730 feet. This path section is a segment of the overall regional CVG Trail Loop.

Amount Funded: $1,012,500


West Covington Riverfront Commons – Shared Use Path

Construct an 8’ wide concrete multi-use path along the Ohio River using existing public right of way/city-owned property between River Road (city street) and the existing shared use path located on the north side of the floodwall, just west of the Brent Spence Bridge.

Amount Funded: $714,530


Improved Access to NKU Mixed-Use Development

The project is located near NKU's campus on KY SR 2238 (Louie B. Nunn Drive) and on US-27. Includes transit super stop, turn lanes on Nunn, upgrade and reconstruction of old sidewalks and new pedestrian/bicycle path linking the NKU campus to the new development.

Amount Funded: $861,704


SR 129/Liberty Way Modification Phase 2

Construction of new ramps from the eastern terminus of SR 129 to local road network at Cox Road. New roundabout at Cox Road. Removal of nearby SR 129 connections to Liberty Way, eliminating weaving issues.

Amount Funded: $5,961,500


King Avenue Bridge over Little Miami River

New 48-foot wide (two-lane), structure with shoulders and 11’ wide dedicated pedestrian/bike way with barrier separation. Improved horizontal alignment and new vertical profile that will moderate the existing steep vertical grades on the King Avenue approach. New tunnel crossing of LMT under Grandin Road and relocated parking area for the trail.

Amount Funded: $6,000,000


Central Avenue Reconstruction

Between Verity Parkway and University Blvd. Reconstruction with upgraded pavement, curb, storm sewer and pedestrian lighting. Includes left turn lanes, street calming and bike racks.

Amount Funded: $4,185,340


East Crescentville Road Improvements

Between Transportation Way and Centerdale Road. Install new traffic signal and ped signal at the East Crescentville/ Chesterdale intersection with left turn lane, interconnect/coordination with existing International Blvd signal, TWLTL throughout, replace pavement with properly sized storm sewer. .

Amount Funded: $3,793,230