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Friday, October 11, 2019

Construction Site to Close Sidewalk Temporarily on N. Fort Thomas and Highland Avenue

A portion of the sidewalk is closed for construction along North Fort Thomas and Highland.

 By Robin Gee, City Council Beat Editor

The construction site for the development slated for Fort Thomas’ Central Business District will begin soon and that means a temporary sidewalk closure on N. Fort Thomas Avenue and Woodland Place.

Fencing was being erected today to cordon off the site, which runs from 25 N. Fort Thomas Avenue to the intersection of North Fort Thomas and Highland, then down Highland Avenue to Woodland Place.

City Administrative Officer, Ron Dill, said that the project will begin on-site activity next week and demolition will begin later this month.

"In preparation for this construction project, it will be necessary to close portions of public sidewalk fronting this project. Specifically, fencing will be erected that will prohibit sidewalk access on North Fort Thomas Avenue, Highland Avenue and Woodland Place along the frontage of this site," he said.

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Dill said the city and schools will work towards educating pedestrians to cross sooner at controlled intersections.

"Pedestrians should plan street crossings in advance of approaching this area and signs will be erected to alert of the detour of sidewalk access. These closures are necessary to provide pedestrian safety from the construction activities on-site. This condition will exist through the majority of the construction cycle lasting into late next year."

Superintendent of Fort Thomas Independent Schools, Dr. Karen Cheser, said that she is working with district leadership to communicate how this might affect pickup and drop-off routines.

"We are working with our principals with each school to ensure the safest route to and from our schools," said Dr. Cheser. "Safety is our highest priority and we will make sure our students, parents and community know what to expect."

Fort Thomas Police Lt. Will Hunt noted that the Fort Thomas Police Department will analyze the situation in real time.

"We want everyone to be as safe as possible. Our department will continue to monitor how to most effectively navigate construction in this area so that pedestrians and vehicular traffic can move together seemlessly," said Lt. Hunt.

"We want to make sure that pedestrians and drivers know what to expect and recognize their responsibilities to ensure everyone is safe. It will take a little more time to understand traffic patterns, but we all need to be vigilant when it comes to safety."

Hunt listed the following notes:

  • The sidewalk is closed. That means that side of the street is off-limits to pedestrians, including the curb edge or walking in the street.
  • Please use crosswalks to cross on N. Fort Thomas Avenue, Highland Avenue and at the intersection of those two streets.
  • The area beyond the fence line is private property, so please do not encroach beyond the fences.  


1 comment:

  1. I always loved that area, whenever we came down to Fort Thomas to visit my son and family, and friends. I hope they keep that historic flavor and not flub it up with some new, contemporary, modern (in my opnion) disjointed design. Should let my son design it!