$600,000 grant helping construct sidewalk between Fort Thomas, Dayton

FORT THOMAS, Ky. -- A $600,000 grant is helping this Northern Kentucky city get its pedestrians safely to and from their destinations.

Sidewalks on North Fort Thomas Avenue end at Covert Run Pike. From that point, pedestrians don't have dedicated sidewalks for about a mile and a half until they reach Seventh Avenue in Dayton.

City policy calls for sidewalk projects to be paid for with a combination of taxpayer dollars and grant money. While, people have asked for help along that stretch of roadway for years, administrators say their hands were tied until securing a large grant under the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Safe Routes to School program.

Christine Goehle has lived on North Fort Thomas Avenue since the late 1980s and says it's about time.

"We have so many people coming by on bikes, on foot, with their dogs, taking walks and using the area that I think a sidewalk will really enhance the whole neighborhood," Goehle said.

There is still a lot of engineering work that has to be done for construction to actually begin since there isn't a curb and gutter system to account for storm water drainage.

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