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‘Great day for Southbank:’ OKI awards $7.17m for Riverfront Commons, other improvements

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with corrected figures and details on the projects.


Newport and Dayton are included in Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Government grants announced Thursday — for a total of $7,172,960 for three projects.

The grants include:

Newport-South Monmouth: $3,212,560
From the intersection of Carothers Road and US 27 to the Newport/Southgate city limits. Create consistent and continuous sidewalks; consolidating curb cuts; improved street lighting; improvements to bus stops; removing utility poles form the right of way; increasing bicycle safety through corridor.

Newport-South Monmouth underpass: $3,074,400
Project addresses deficiencies of the US 27 underpass by removing obsolete stars and walkway at SW corner of 11th and US 27 an at the SW corner of 15th and US 27; improved street lighting, widened sidewalk to 10 feet, improved both NB and SB bus stops near US 27 and Carothers Road.

Dayton-Riverfront Commons: $886,000
15 foot wide concrete pedestrian/bicycle and conduit for future lighting. Part of the Riverfront Commons project from Dayton to Ludlow

“This is a great day for Southbank and our cities,” said Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners.

Moreland credits Bob Yoder for writing the two Newport grants and Henley Macintosh for writing the Dayton grant. Yoder is economic development director for the city of Silver Grove and Macintosh is a retired educator living in Fort Thomas.

“Without their efforts Southbank would not have been successful,” Moreland said.

OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committee to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and the economic development potential of the Tri-State.

OKI board president Kevin Lynch announced Thursday the awarding of more than $77 million distributed to 42 transportation projects in the region.

The Funds were allocated through three federal programs, including the Surface Transportation Program for NKY.

SNK funding will support 15 projects in Northern Kentucky, including TANK bus replacements, continued work on Riverfront Commons and streetscape work in downtown Covington.

“Today’s awards will improve public, vehicular and pedestrian safety thoughout the eight counties in or region,” said Lynch. “These projects bolster economic vitality, and they take us one step closer toward realizing our goal of creating an efficient, integrated and multimodal regional transportation system.”

Staff report

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