The Dixie Fix Plan (Dixie Highway Corridor Access Management Redevelopment Plan) is a long-range planning approach to relieve traffic congestion problems and provide better access to Dixie Highway. It was conducted to identify transportation planning and design solutions to address one of the most heavily traveled and congested arterials in Kenton County.
Dixie’s transportation problems including forty-four signalized intersections and scores of curb cuts along the eight-mile corridor that permit continuous, full vehicular access. Dixie provides direct access to a variety of business and institutional facilities for nine cities in Kenton County and one city in Boone County.
In addition, it serves as a connector for personal, commuter, and commercial traffic on a local and regional basis. Due to its parallel alignment and close proximity to I-71/75, Dixie Highway is commonly used as an alternate route during interstate incidents or during peak hour interstate congestion. 44 traffic signals and over 400 access points (driveways), combined with narrow four-lane segments that lack turn lanes, contributes to travel delays and high accident rates.
The Plan has two major components:
- A prioritized list of 36 projects taken from a total of 168 short- and long-term site-specific access management recommendations, and
- Each chapter outlines different yet critical guidelines that serve as implementation standards such as future right-of-way widths, transit stop improvements, expanded bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and increased streetscape/design measures.
In addition to these recommended improvements, The Dixie Fix Plan provides a draft Ordinance, draft Memorandum of Understanding, and the discussion of numerous potential funding sources as references for use in advancing immediate implementation.
The Dixie Fix Plan, financed cooperatively by the Federal Highway Administration, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and units of local and county government in the OKI region, began in August 2005 and was concluded on June 30, 2006.
The project was administered by OKI in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, now PDS. The Dixie Fix Plan was adopted by OKI’s Executive Committee on August 10, 2006.