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Covington awarded $3.9M for riverfront development

Riverfront Commons pathway in Newport. (Via Southbank Partners) Riverfront Commons pathway in Newport. (Via Southbank Partners)

The city of Covington will see $3.9 million to develop riverfront properties for the shared-use trail, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday.

Gov. Beshear announced that more than $5 million is on its way to Northern Kentucky by the way of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to help improve the safety and air quality. 

Most of the funding will go to Covington and Dayton for the long-awaited Riverfront Commons Trail, as well as towards the new electric-diesel hybrid buses for the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK). 

“The Riverfront Commons Trail will benefit northern Kentucky’s river cities in important ways,” Gov. Beshear said. “It will make walking and biking a practical alternative to short car trips. That will mean less motor traffic on our streets, reduced emissions, cleaner air and better health.”

The trail is a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians that when completed will stretch more than 11 miles along the Ohio River and connect communities from Ludlow in the west to Fort Thomas in the east. 

“To have a healthy Commonwealth, we must have clean air and this funding helps us in working toward that goal,” Gov. Beshear said. “This step toward a healthier Kentucky has a direct link to our economic future because better health, especially for our workforce, has tangible positive impacts – fewer sick days, more production and a higher quality of life for our citizens.”

Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds are for innovative transportation projects or programs aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality, according to Gov. Beshear.

“On behalf of the city, I am grateful to Gov. Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet for approving Covington’s application for funding,” said Mayor Sherry Carran. “Riverfront Commons is a quality-of-life asset uniting neighborhoods and communities whose histories have been defined by their shared space along the Ohio River.”

Some details of the CMAQ awards:

  • Covington – $3.9 million for construction of a portion of 1,250-foot bicycle and pedestrian path along the river; construction of a bulkhead and grading; upper walk/bikeway along the base of the flood levee and at the base of Greenup Street, connecting to city sidewalks. Also, a connection under the Roebling Bridge, connection of the Madison Avenue overlook and fishing pier, and lighting.
  • Dayton - $530,387 for construction of approximately 1 mile of bicycle and pedestrian path, including a ramp over the floodwall. Trail will run west to east from near O’Fallon Avenue to near Berry Street.
  • Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky - $976,000 toward purchase of two hybrid electric/diesel transit buses.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) annually receives CMAQ funds for use in areas striving to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  

CMAQ funds are available to state and local government agencies as well as private entities through public-private partnerships. Nonprofit organizations may also apply in partnership with state or local government agencies.

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