COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The second phase of the Route 9 project has started.
The hope for the project is to improve and enhance regional connectivity. Demolition has stated on parts of the Victoria Square Apartments to make way for the new roadway.
For those who live on this side of the river this is welcoming news.
"I think it's good for the city. I'm hoping it will bring jobs and I think any new development is good if it's done right," said Kentucky resident Patrick Niemeyer.
"It's going to be a great boom to the cities that we serve especially Newport and Covington," said Jack Moreland.
Moreland is the president of Southbank Partners, an economic development organization in Kentucky. The non-profit serves six cities along the Ohio River on the Kentucky side.
"Newport has been very successful over the last few years. They had some 15 new jobs develop last year because of different growth sections in the part of town. We look for that same thing to happen once the route 9 connector is completed, Moreland said.
The Ovation project that will be residential and commercial property, the plans for the project is still in the works. Its location isn't far from Hampton Inn & Suites, which is still under construction. Both sites are alongside the new corridor.
On another area along the corridor, there is a large parcel available for development. It too sits along the new corridor.
"I really think there is not enough jobs for the people around here and I'll think it will help create them for the people in the city of Newport," Niemeyer said.
The new road will have two lanes in each direction with sidewalks, bike lanes and limited on-street parking.
The portion of the project is expected to be completed in September of 2017.