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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Scary Accident on Route-8 in Fort Thomas Sends One to Hospital with Serious Injuries

A 78-year old man from Flemingsburg, Kentucky sustained serious injuries after his car hit black ice  on Route-8 in Fort Thomas and slid off the road just before 9:00 a.m., before crashing into railroad tracks below the road.

Fort Thomas Police Lt. Brent Moening said that emergency responders from Fort Thomas were on scene and the man was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

Lt. Moening said that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was treating the roadway with salt and CSX was also on scene to evaluate the condition of the rail tracks that were struck by the car.

FTM file. 

The crash occurred near Aquaramp Marina in Fort Thomas between Tower Hill Road and River Road.

Around the same time another vehicle on Taylor Avenue in Bellevue slid off the roadway after also hitting black ice. That driver was okay.

Route-8 has been the scene of several fatalities due to vehicle crashes over the years. The two-lane road that connects Dayton, Fort Thomas to the river-adjacent cities in Campbell County has been in a constant state of repair due to the road shifting.

Large crevices in the road due to slippage make way for an undulating terrain amid a backdrop of roadside memorials and knocked over road signs and signals.

February 2019. FTM file. 

At least three roadside memorials are visible on the stretch of road between Tower Hill Road and River Road for people who have died on Route-8. FTM file. 
The road sits at the bottom of a steep hill and above the Ohio River.

In 2016, it was reported that Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Officials were studying the future of Route-8, from closure to a total rebuild.

In 2018, KYTC officials recommended a portion of Route-8 to be redesignated, which would give KYTC the option of reducing the speed limit and lowering weight load limits as conditions dictate to encourage local use only.

“We are making changes to encourage through traffic to seek an alternate route,” said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for KYTC District 6 in 2018. “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 Route-8 is as follows:

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.

February 2019. 

February 2019. 

1 comment:

  1. Rt.8 is the absolute worst that I've ever seen it right now. And that's not because of the water. It's in such disrepair. You have to be extra cautious when driving it because you can do some serious harm to your vehicle if you hit some of those breaks in the pavement....or even worse, wreck your vehicle.