Governor Steve Beshear today joined officials and residents of Taylor Mill and Kenton County in ceremonially breaking ground for a long-awaited widening and realignment of heavily traveled KY 16 -- Taylor Mill Road.
"For the thousands of motorists who travel through here, and the hundreds of students who attend school here, this project will result in a safer, less congested Taylor Mill Road," Gov. Beshear said.
The project covers 4.2 miles, from Interstate 275 to Klette Road. Construction is in progress on two sections -- on the north end near I-275 and the south end near Klette Road. Construction on two middle sections is expected to be let to contract in the fall.
The improved corridor will have two lanes in each direction with center turn lanes at intersections. A raised grass median will complement the roadway to provide for safety and aesthetics. The road also will have curbs, gutters and 7-foot-wide sidewalks. The alignments and safety of the intersections of Senour Road and Hands Pike will be improved.
To date, design, right of way, utilities and current construction of the Taylor Mill Road project is $55.2 million. Construction of the remainder, which will be accomplished in two projects, is estimated at $22 million.
Taylor Mill Road carries more than 30,000 vehicles a day. Four schools -- Scott High, Woodland Middle, Calvary Christian and Taylor Mill Elementary -- are located along the corridor. Once completed, the improvements will have increased capacity and eliminated some dangerous curves.
L-M Asphalt Partners Ltd., of Lexington, and Lawrence Construction and Leasing Inc., of Walton, are the contractors on the two sections under construction.