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Friday, September 14, 2018

Transportation Officials Want to Limit Traffic on Route 8 in Fort Thomas, Campbell County

The Kentucky Transportation Department has announced that portions of Route 8 are being redesignated.

Route 8 stretches across Campbell County, but the portions that could be redesignated includes sections in Fort Thomas, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton.

This would give KYTC the option of reducing the speed limit and lowering weight load limits as conditions dictate to encourage local use only.

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In 2016, City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill, reported that KYTC officials were studying the future of Route 8, and were considering every possibility from closure to a total rebuild.

"Obviously Route 8 has had issues with slippage for a long period of time," said Dill in 2016.

"Twenty-seven different locations between Tower Hill and River Road have been repaired on either side of the road. It’s a large project potential and they are going to have to make some decisions on what they are going to do there."

Repairs are made on an ongoing, almost annual basis as water runs under the road and shifts it. The road is always high on the list as it relates to deer-related crashes in Fort Thomas and serious accidents, some of which have resulted in fatalities.

“We are making changes to encourage through traffic to seek an alternate route,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6. “Reducing the daily traffic on this section of Mary Ingles Highway from River Road in Fort Thomas to Dodd Drive in Dayton will provide safer passage for the local citizens who use this roadway.”

The adjusted routing of KY 8 is as follows:
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New Route 8:
• Run concurrently with US 27 from 3rd Street in Newport to Industrial Road in Cold Spring.
• Former KY 1998 (Industrial Road) from US 27 to the existing KY 8/Industrial Road intersection.

Former Route 8:

• US 27 (Monmouth Street) in Newport to Dodd Drive in Dayton becomes KY 8X.
• Dodd Drive to KY 445 (River Road) in Ft. Thomas becomes the new route KY 6335, a state maintained road with local access road.
• KY 445 (River Road) to current KY 1998 (Industrial Road) will be re-designated as part of KY 445.

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