Carothers Road project in Newport not quite done, $1.4 million upgrade expected to wrap up next fall

Grant money from OKI council foots the bill

NEWPORT, Ky. -- Drivers who thought Carothers Road in Newport was finished in 2014, beware: There's more work to be done in the spring to complete the project.

The last approximately 1,000 feet heading west to Monmouth Street from near the Firestone Complete Auto Care at 61 Carothers Road will be streetscaped, said Tom Fromme, city administrator.

The project is being paid for in part by an earlier federal grant through the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) and is expected to cost $1.4 million, said Fromme.

What it means is that sidewalks and curbing along that stretch of road will be replaced and improved; many spots are broken or crumbling, said Beth Fennell, city commissioner.

The project will take utilities underground to match with the east end of the road near Newport Pavilion, said Fennell.

EGC Construction out of Newport is doing the engineering, which should be complete in April, said Fennell. EGC is the same company that worked on the east end of Carothers Road.

Construction should start in the spring or early summer and be complete by fall, said Fromme. It shouldn't affect traffic near Newport Pavilion unless they head west.

The east end of Carothers Road was completed in 2014. That project raised a deep dip in the road and improved access in and out of Newport Pavilion. The work, which cost $1.9 million, was also part of a federal grant through OKI.

Unrelated to the grant, more work will happen along Monmouth Street next spring, said Fromme, most notably upgrading the street lamps to LED through Duke Energy.

Sidewalks along Monmouth will also be repaired where needed, and a fresh coat of paint will refresh poles, benches and trash cans along the street in the spring, he said.

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