Beshear announces 12th Street widening project

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a breakthrough on a transportation project that has long been a high priority of business and community leaders in northern Kentucky - the widening of Covington's 12th Street corridor.

Twelfth Street, which offers a direct connection to Interstate 75, has gained in importance as a doorway to Covington. But the street is too narrow for the current volume of traffic.

The $24 million widening project calls for double traffic lanes and a parking lane on each side, plus a landscaped median. The project has been delayed while the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and CSX Transportation negotiated the design of a new bridge over CSX railroad tracks.

"I'm happy to announce that CSX and the cabinet have reached an agreement on that bridge design," Gov. Beshear said.

The Governor also said the Transportation Cabinet will place utilities underground rather than overhead. That will add roughly $600,000 to the cost of utility relocation, bringing total utility costs to $2,005,000, but "we understand the importance of the aesthetics of this corridor," he said.

The cabinet also will install streetlights purchased by the city of Covington, he said. The cabinet expects to be able to let a contract for construction by March.