Thursday, October 21, 2004

Industrial Road to get upgrade


Leftover Ky.-Cincinnati bridge money helps fund $15M effort

By Patrick Crowley
Enquirer staff writer

FLORENCE - Federal money once earmarked for an Ohio River bridge between Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati will be spent to upgrade Northern Kentucky's major industrial corridor.

Kentucky U.S. Jim Bunning delivered $10 million of that money Wednesday to county and city officials in Boone and Kenton County. It will be used for a two-year reconstruction project of Industrial Road, which cuts through two counties, three cities and serves 200 companies and more than 14,000 employees.

Bids on the project will be let in April and will include the construction of new lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks and bike paths on Industrial Road from U.S. 42 to Turkeyfoot Road, said engineer Jay Bayer of Bayer Becker, the Covington firm designing the project.

Bunning, a Southgate Republican running for re-election, said he was able to tap a fund of $62 million that several years ago was allocated for construction of an Ohio River bridge. The project fizzled after Ohio and Cincinnati officials could not agree on a location for the bridge.

Most of the money was then spent on other projects, including ramps for Interstate 471 and the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and a new Ohio River bridge in Maysville.The final $10 million will be spent on the $15 million Industrial Road project.

"We can get it done over here" in Kentucky, Bunning said. "We were able to make it work ... because of co-operation on all levels."

Two million dollars will come from local governments, the Boone and Kenton county fiscal courts and the cities of Florence, Elsmere and Independence. The state will provide $3 million.

Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore said the project would do more than just improve traffic flow on Industrial Road. It will also help attract new companies to the massive Northern Kentucky Industrial Park.

Moore said some of the buildings on and near Industrial Road are empty and dated. The project will help "revitalize" the area, he said.

Florence Mayor Diane Whalen called the project "the ultimate in co-operation" between federal, state, county and city governments.

E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com




ELECTION 2004
Kerry to tote shotgun today
OU student gets Kerry to back off assertion
Two run, one without signs
Health rumors 'disgusting' -- Bunning
In the old days, the race was cheaper - and easier
Westwood rides high, but Groob calls foul
Bush twins tell Miami about Mom and Dad
Boehner's opponent can't get debate date
Glendale makes levy case
5th vote brings out worst in many
Election lawsuits stack up
Election 2004 page

TOP STORIES
Cincy K-9s won't star on TV special
Teachers relieved, but still concerned about health care
Freedom's cost: Meth video
Official: No need to panic about flu
Missouri crash kills local man

IN THE TRISTATE
No one admits picking city school task force
Deerfield shopping center rejected
Fire union, city still at odds
Local Guardsman removed bombs in Iraq
Judges ruled free to speak
Liberty Twp. trustees approve park gate
Business breaks worry Loveland schools
Norwood council reduction on ballot
Medical state now the key in highway shootings case
Man shot by police was drunk, on drugs
Kings teachers say their work is deserving
Solicitor residency up to voters in Silverton
Construction of Kings stadium expected to begin within weeks
Donations to repair monument to Lincoln
Zimpher wants to tell the world about UC
Local news briefs
Neighbors briefs
Public safety briefs

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Bronson: Elder slaying offers insight into failures
Good Things Happening

KENTUCKY STORIES
Theft of football tribute 'pathetic'
Vaccine short statewide
Panel clears health adviser
Road rage explored in talk
N. Ky. news briefs
Industrial Road to get upgrade