Dixie Highway Sidewalks at I-75 Bridge
The sidewalks on Dixie Highway at the bridge over I-75 will be closed for repairs on Monday, December 21, 2020. Work will continue at least into Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Sidewalks will be fully opened to pedestrians as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Ridge Road, West Orchard Road, & Coleman Avenue
The City has contracted with Riegler Blacktop for construction work on West Orchard Road, Ridge Road, and Coleman Avenue. The project includes new storm sewer, water main and water service replacement, and complete road reconstruction on Ridge Road and West Orchard Road. Coleman Avenue will have the top 3-4 inches of asphalt replaced along with any needed sidewalk replacements. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve some of our oldest city streets.
UPDATE: October 2020 – Storm Sewer and Waterline work were completed as planned. West Orchard should have all sidewalk and sod restored by the second or third week in October. A conflict with the gas main on Ridge Road has caused the street reconstruction to be delayed for several months. We expect the gas work to be complete in the first week of October and the road work to be started as soon as possible after the gas work.
Highland Avenue, Oak Street, & Anthony Lane – COMPLETE
Concrete Street Repairs – Deauville Court, Ana Jo Lane, Grace Avenue, & Cook Book Lane
Sections of these streets will be replaced / repaired with new concrete. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of October.
Beechwood Road Sidewalk Near Railroad Crossing
The City has identified a need to construct the missing link of sidewalk between Mercury Avenue (on the Grandview Tavern side) and across from the entrance to Fort Mitchell Place Condominiums. Previous grant applications were not successful, but the city will continue to apply for grants as they become available. This short project is surprisingly complex with design challenges. The overall concept includes a 5-feet wide sidewalk with ADA compliant curb ramps, curb and gutter enhancements, and other improvements including relocating the existing guardrail and improving the existing retaining walls.
Bromley-Crescent Springs Road
Section one of the Bromley-Crescent Springs Road project is currently in the design stage. After collecting community input, the preferred alternative was selected by the City of Fort Mitchell, City of Crescent Springs, and Kenton County Fiscal Court in the Fall of 2015; however, due to major geotechnical constraints, the initial estimate for the preferred alignment was found to be over the allotted grant budget. Working with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), Kenton County Fiscal Court asked GRW Engineering to develop an alternative which meets the original scope and budget for the project.
Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann presented an update on the Bromley-Crescent Springs Road Project during the April 2, 2018 City Council Meeting.
UPDATE: The project was bid out in September 2020. Construction could take up to 24 months to complete.
Five-Year Road Plan
The City has a five-year street plan which is used to comprehensively analyze infrastructure replacement needs and uses the funds collected from the road tax to objectively address those needs. Every two years street conditions are reassessed and the list is re-evaluated. The street plan is used for planning purposes and may change after the two-year evaluation based on road conditions and needs at the time.
Resurfacing projects consist of removing and replacing the top 2 inches of asphalt to give a new riding surface. These projects are typically completed in a 2-4 week time frame.
Reconstruction projects are more extensive and include removing existing pavement and constructing brand new curbs, asphalt, and so on…these projects are typically completed in a 2-3 month time frame.
- Highland Avenue Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs (Dixie Highway to Longmeadow) – COMPLETE
- Oak Street Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs – COMPLETE
- Anthony Lane Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs – COMPLETE
- Ridge Road Reconstruction (St. Johns Road to End)
- West Orchard Road Reconstruction (Dixie Highway to Iris Road)
- Coleman Avenue Resurfacing (All)
- Watch Hill Road Reconstruction (All)
- Ana Jo Lane Partial Reconstruction (Sections as needed)
- Grace Avenue Partial Reconstruction (Sections as needed)
- Deauville Court (Entrance Repair)
- Cook Book Lane Partial Reconstruction (Sections as needed)
- Requardt Lane Reconstruction (All)
- Virginia Avenue Resurfacing (All)
- Cornell Avenue Reconstruction (#7 to Superior Drive)
2022-23 & 2023-24
The priority of these streets has not been set yet:
- Beechwood Road (Grandview Drive to R/R Crossing)
- Cherrywood Drive (Fortside Circle to Diane Lane)
- Harvard Drive (All)
- Huckleberry Hill (Dixie Highway to End)
- Plantation Drive (Orphanage Road to End)
- St. Johns Road Resurfacing (Ridge Road to End)
Other Street Needs/Studies
Royal Drive – Reconstruction needed. Awaiting possible realignment of the street with redevelopment of the Drawbridge Inn property
Dixie Highway Master Plan
CLICK HERE to review the final plan
CLICK HERE to view presentation from the 4/2/18 City Council Meeting (starts at min 16; ends at min 36)
In 2016, a Certified Arborist identified many of the trees along Dixie Highway were not a good species to have in the long-term. It was recommended the City take a proactive approach by implementing a planned and phased tree removal and replacement project over a 5 – 7 year time frame. In 2017, the City’s Tree Board was charged with the task of developing a master plan to address this issue. They partnered with MKSK and over a period of four months, worked diligently to develop recommendations for the corridor. A draft of the plan was presented to City Council at their April 2, 2018 meeting and final action was taken on the plan on May 7th. The goal of the Master Tree Plan:
- Provide protection and to make sure the removal of all trees are conducted with proper considerations and adequate replacement program
- Provide and maintain healthy street trees
- Expand and improve upon the established Urban Forestry of the City
Edenderry Implementation Plan
CLICK HERE to review the plan
Edenderry Drive is a public right-of-way in Fort Mitchell and is the primary entrance to the Waterford Homeowners Association neighborhood. It is currently lined with 61 white ash and Callery pear trees. These trees are declining and dying due to the effects of emerald ash borer and previous storm damage. Without proactive intervention, the neighborhood risks losing all of these trees in the next 3 – 5 years. The Waterford Homeowners Association (WHOA) has therefore decided to be proactive and systematically remove and replace the street trees over the next three years. This project is in coordination and cooperation with the City and the Fort Mitchell Tree Board. The goal of the Edenderry Drive Tree Removal and Replacement Implementation Plan:
- Follow the intent of Dixie Highway Trolley Line Master Tree Planting Plan to create a sae and sustainalepulic urban forest in the City of Fort Mitchell
- Adhere to the tree planting guidelines presented in the Plan so replacement trees are properly installed and cared for according to current industry standards
- Select replacement tree species from a palette of more desirable species, requiring less maintenance and providing multiple benefits, specifically a shady, overarching canopy for Edenderry Drive, storm water mitigation, and wildlife habitat – an aesthetic beauty which will compliment the quality of the neighborhood
- Create a public-private partnership so the resources of both the WHOA and the City are used efficiently and effectively