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Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas: The northern section of KY 9 in Newport to open December 21

The northern section of the KY 9 expansion project in Newport will be open Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21 – just in time for Christmas.

This project, the second of three phases, begins at 5th Street to the Taylor Southgate Bridge. The project includes two roundabouts: one at the end of the 4th Street/Veteran’s Bridge and the other at the end of the Taylor Southgate Bridge, near Newport on the Levee.

“This northern section was a big part of the overall KY 9 expansion,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “The new improvements will offer better connectivity and enhance economic opportunities not only for the city of Newport but for the entire region.”

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With Thursday’s opening of KY 9’s northern section, motorists should beware of the following:

-    The two-way on Monmouth Street, between 3rd and 4th Street will revert back to a one-way on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
-    Motorists travelling on 4th Street westbound will turn left at the light onto Central Avenue for one block then turn right on 5th Street to enter the new roundabout and continue on KY 8 into Covington.
-    Motorists coming from the Taylor Southgate Bridge or KY 8 westbound will have two options:
1. To use Columbia Street to go to BB Riverboats, the Riverchase Apartments or the Hampton Inn & Suites, take the right lane to access.
2. To continue to Covington, take the middle lane to access the roundabout.
-    Parking and access lanes are on both sides of the new roadway starting at each roundabout.

Although the road is open to traffic, work will still continue on the curb and gutter and along the right of way until all the tasks are complete.

The first section of the new alignment between 12th and 9th Street was completed in the fall of 2016. Construction to the middle section recently began in October and will have very little impact to traffic. Once that section is completed in December 2018, the new 1.4 mile-long road will have two lanes in each direction with sidewalks, bike lanes and limited on-street parking. The total cost for all three sections on this corridor project – including design, utilities, right of way and construction – is $45 million.

The new route will safely move traffic on KY 9 through Newport, improve regional connectivity and increase utilization of the Taylor Southgate Bridge, which are the KY 9 expansion project’s greatest benefits to motorists.


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