CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Traffic patterns are changing in Newport as a project to improve connectivity in northern Kentucky opens Thursday.
The second phase of the KY 9 expansion plan begins at 5th Street to the Taylor Southgate Bridge and includes two roundabouts: one at the end of the 4th Street/Veteran's Bridge and the other at the end of the Taylor Southgate Bridge, near Newport on the Levee.
Now that the roundabouts are open, transportation officials are asking motorists to be aware of several new traffic patterns:
- The two-way on Monmouth Street, between 3rd and 4th Street will revert back to a one-way on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
- Motorists traveling on 4th Street westbound will turn left at the light onto Central Avenue for one block then turn right on 5th Street to enter the new roundabout and continue on KY 8 into Covington.
- Motorists coming from the Taylor Southgate Bridge or KY 8 westbound will have two options:
- To use Columbia Street to go to BB Riverboats, the Riverchase Apartments or the Hampton Inn & Suites, take the right lane to access.
- To continue to Covington, take the middle lane to access the roundabout.
Parking and access lanes are on both sides of the new roadway starting at each roundabout.
Although the road is open to traffic, work will still continue on the curb and gutter and along the right of way until all the tasks are complete.
"The new improvements will offer better connectivity and enhance economic opportunities not only for the city of Newport but for the entire region," said Bob Yeager, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 6 in Covington.
The construction is also expected to increase access to the Taylor Southgate Bridge.