Project targets Hebron intersection traffic congestion 

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Boone County is receiving funds to help reduce traffic congestion at a busy intersection.

The county received a $660,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant award from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to add turn lanes and improve movement at the intersection, Boone County Assistant County Administrator/County Engineer Rob Franxman said. 

The funds will be focused on the intersection of Kentucky Route 237 and South Park Drive in Hebron, officials said. 

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program provides funds to states for transportation projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation website.

“This memorandum of agreement will provide $80,000 in CMAQ funds for the design phase of the project,” Franxman said. “Additional phases of funding will be authorized in the future to support the total $825,000 project, of which the county is responsible for a 20% match of the project cost.”

The county is required to pay for the project and then be reimbursed 80% of the $825,000 total project cost, Franxman said, adding the project is fully budgeted in the fiscal year 2024 spending plan.

“Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality dollars are federal dollars that some flow through OKI (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments) and some flow through KYTC (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet),” Boone County Judge/Executive Gary W. Moore said. “They’re for specific kinds of projects.”

The project’s start date depends on transportation cabinet authorizations, Franxman said.

“We would expect probably to award this to a consultant in the next three to four months,” Franxman said. “Once the consultant has it, we would expect an eight months to a year turnaround for the design itself – at which point we would hope to have funding authorized for utilities and construction.”

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