Safety, Access and Population Growth Spur Scoping Study of Key East-West State Highway
April 10, 2014 – The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has approved plans for a scoping study of a section of Kentucky Route 536, a key east-west route that connects Rabbit Hash to Alexandria via Florence and Independence in Northern Kentucky.
“Northern Kentucky residents have told us that improving the 536 corridor is important to them and we are listening,” said Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus, first vice president of OKI. “Restoring this state highway in a way that improves safety, while unlocking appropriate commercial development, is key for residents of this region and the small businesses that want to serve them.”
OKI will study a 6.5 mile section of KY 536 from KY 17 in Kenton County to the Licking River in Campbell County, which has challenging topographic conditions and environmental elements. The scoping study is designed to identify roadway alternatives, cost estimates and commercial concerns. OKI estimates the comprehensive study will cost $300,000. It is being funded using OKI local and federal planning dollars.
“We recognize 536 is a vital link that connects all Northern Kentucky,” said Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery. “The section OKI will study has one of the highest critical crash rates in the region. We are working to make this corridor safe for all travelers and make improvements to help our local businesses thrive.”
The scoping study is part of OKI’s 2014 transportation priorities and improving KY 536 is one of the top priorities of KYTC District 6. The study is scheduled to be completed in June 2015.
“Reconstructing this corridor is critical to improving access to I-75,” said Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore. “In addition to helping us make needed safety improvements, this study will guide us in giving travelers a more viable option to access major highways, relieving congested roads.”
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.
Contact: Mark Policinski or Bob Koehler (513) 621-6300