ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATES

Ridge Road, West Orchard Road, & Coleman Avenue

The City of Fort Mitchell has contracted with Riegler Blacktop for construction work on West Orchard Road, Ridge Road, and Coleman Avenue. Lonkard Construction is performing watermain replacement work as Riegler’s sub-contractor. 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. This is a major construction project and we expect the work to last into August and September. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to improve some of our oldest city streets.

Storm sewer work has begun on West Orchard Road. Despite some utility conflicts at the beginning, construction is again underway. Water main replacement is also underway on Ridge Road. Water main work on West Orchard Road will commence after Ridge Road is complete, most likely occurring the week of June 15th.

Highland Avenue, Oak Street, & Anthony Lane

UPDATED:

Michels Construction is in the final stages of the Highland Avenue road construction project. Weather permitting, asphalt milling will take place on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4 followed by surface paving on Wednesday, August 5 and Thursday, August 6. The major work will then be complete with only a few minor tasks to finish, including edge seal the week of August 10, small concrete corrections over the next 2-3 weeks, and topsoil/seed/straw at the end of August.

The curb and sidewalk, asphalt milling, and asphalt are all complete on Oak Street and Anthony Lane.

  • Michels Construction will be crossing Highland Avenue on June 18 with storm sewer leading to the rear property of the city.
  •  Storm sewer work is scheduled to be completed by June 19 or June 22.
  •  Curb replacement began June 18 on Highland Avenue near Longmeadow Lane (all of the “rolled” curb on Highland Avenue near the intersection with Longmeadow Lane is being replaced with “box” curb and gutter, matching the rest of Highland Avenue).
  •  The concrete crew will install new curb and sidewalk where it has been removed for the storm sewer installation. They will then shift to the spot curb and sidewalk repairs on the rest of the project.
  •  A few deep asphalt repairs will be made after the concrete work is finished. Highland Avenue, Oak Street, and Anthony Lane will have the entire surface milled and overlaid with fresh asphalt.
  •  The new section of asphalt will be a little thicker in the center of the street, providing greater longevity to the repair and helping shed rainwater more efficiently to the gutter.
  •  All work is scheduled to be completed by early August.

The City of Fort Mitchell has contracted with Paul Michels & Sons to perform work on these three streets. Some concrete curb and gutter and sidewalk will be replaced/repaired on all three streets. Storm sewer will be added on Highland Avenue (from Longmeadow Lane to #334 Highland Avenue) and a separate section will be added near Oak Street. All three streets will be resurfaced. Work is expected to be completed by the first week of August.

Grandview Drive 

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. The bid date was tentatively scheduled to be in December 2019 and construction expected to start in 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.

2020-21

  • Highland Avenue Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs (Dixie Highway to Longmeadow)
  • Oak Street Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs
  • Anthony Lane Resurfacing & Concrete Repairs
  • 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)
  • Cookbook Lane Partial Reconstruction (Sections as needed)

 2021-22

  • 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