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OKI Council of Governments awards $41 million for 24 transportation projects in region, includes NKY

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has awarded support to TANK, access to Northern Kentucky University, extensions to Riverfront Commons and Conner Road Path and paths along KY 8.

Board President and Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers announced the award of more than $41 million to be distributed to 24 transportation projects in the region.

“With unanimous support, the board of OKI has delivered a $41 million infrastructure package that will strengthen the eight-county region,” said Rogers. “Today’s awards are a meaningful investment in our multi-modal transportation network. These projects improve mobility and safety for drivers, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. What’s more, they enhance quality of life.”

Riverfront Commons

The funds were allocated to Ohio and Kentucky projects through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program and the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program.

The STBG funding will assist 12 projects, ranging from roadway reconstruction to multi-use trail connections to clean-energy bus procurement.

Among the Ohio projects is the replacement of the deteriorating King Avenue Bridge over the Little Miami River in Warren County, a new roundabout near Liberty Center in Butler County, as well as the Western Hills Viaduct Replacement Project.

Kentucky projects include the addition of four hybrid-electric buses to TANK’s fleet; improved road, transit and path access to Northern Kentucky University; along with extensions to Riverfront Commons and the Conner Road Path near CVG.

The TA funding benefits 12 bike and pedestrian projects. These funds will enable sidewalk rehabilitation throughout the region and the expansion of Cincinnati Red Bike. Awarded multi-use connectors include the Miami 2 Miami Trail and Oxford Area Trails in Butler County, as well as a path along KY 8 in Silver Grove, Campbell County.

“OKI supports a transportation network that integrates diverse modes, and these projects advance this mission,” said OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “For the communities we serve, these projects mean safer walks to school, less congested trips to work, and increased opportunity for active recreation. For the region we represent, these projects signify a more vibrant economy that retains talent while attracting residents and visitors alike.”

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

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