COVINGTON, Ky. (KT) – A proposal for an outer loop around Northern Kentucky, which was first floated in the 1990s, is being revived.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a new website to gather public comment regarding new transportation options for those who travel throughout Northern Kentucky.
The Northern Kentucky Outer Loop Study will examine potential alternatives for new transportation connections in the southern portions of Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, as well as the northern portions of Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Pendleton and Bracken counties, specifically potential east-west alternatives that connect I-71 and the AA Highway (KY 9).
“The public will play a critical role in the KYTC study process by reviewing our early information on potential roadway concepts and providing us with feedback,” said Bob Yeager, Chief District Engineer for KYTC, District 6, which covers northern Kentucky. “Our team is currently studying potential improvements that would create additional transportation options and stimulate economic development within our region, but we need the public to weigh in as we move throughout our study process.”
There are six potential corridors as shown on the accompanying map.
Alternative 1 is the shortest and would stretch approximately 20.5 miles, from the existing I-71/75 interchange in Boone County, to the AA Highway near milepost 2.6 in Campbell County.
The longest is Alternative 6, which would run 48.4 miles, from I-71 near the Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County, through Owen, Grant and Pendleton counties, to the AA Highway, near the Pendleton-Bracken County line.
A new road project typically advances through the following phases: planning, preliminary engineering and environmental evaluation, design, right of way and utility coordination, and finally construction.