Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $14.4 Million for Highland Pike Extension in Kenton County

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Doug Hogan

Road extension paves the way for future development

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) are working to improve the highway network in Kenton County by awarding a construction contract totaling $14.4 million for the KY 1072 Highland Pike Extension project. 

The Highland Pike extension, a new connector road on the 188-acre campus of Fidelity Investments, will provide access to more than 100 acres that can be developed for economic growth.

“One of the major goals of this administration is to provide a sound infrastructure to benefit our communities with economic development opportunities,” said Governor Fletcher. “Projects such as the KY 1072 Highland Pike Extension are an indication of my continued dedication to move Kentucky forward.” 

Crews are ready to break ground and begin work on the project, which will provide a road to the east side of the CSX railroad.  The extension, approximately .72 miles long, will include two bridges crossing over the Banklick Creek and the CSX railroad.  There will also be a roundabout to provide improved access roads to connect with Crosby Road and Magellan Road.

“This is a very important project to provide a greater opportunity for economic development in that area,” said Sen. Jack Westwood (R-Crescent Springs). “I am especially pleased that part of the construction project will provide a safer and more convenient access to commuters who use the ‘Park and Ride’ facility near the TANK garage.”

“This enhancement will play a key role in the continued economic progress of Northern Kentucky,” said Rep. Tom Kerr (R-Taylor Mill).

“This is another example of Governor Fletcher placing a high priority on economic development because the Highland Ave. extension will enhance the whole area with business development,” said Rep. Jon Draud (R-Edgewood). “We are very appreciative of Governor Fletcher’s efforts.”

State Highway Commissioner Marc Williams added, “The professionals at the Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 office should be commended for their extraordinary efforts to fast track the design and right-of-way work on this project to get it successfully awarded.”

Hicon Construction LLC, Bardstown, was awarded the project. Hicon Construction is working jointly with Salsman Brothers and Lawrence Construction on this project.  Salsman Brothers will mainly be responsible for the two bridges that are being constructed for this project, and Lawrence Construction will be responsible for the earth moving.  

Economic development and industrial leaders throughout northern Kentucky say the administration’s commitment to this project is an important part of the region’s economic success.  Fidelity Investments recently committed to expanding its regional headquarters in Northern Kentucky.  The $120 million investment and 1,500 new jobs is the latest in a long line of recent corporate relocations and expansions in the region.

“In the last two years, we have seen remarkable economic growth and development in Northern Kentucky,” said Ralph Drees, Kenton County Judge Executive and Board Chairman for Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “Groups from the state and county levels, local municipalities, Tri-ED staff, corporate site selectors and real estate developers have all collaborated extremely well to create a positive, energetic business environment in this region. That spirit of cooperation is evident here with the state’s ability to deliver on its commitment to start the Highland Pike Extension on time. We look forward to a timely completion of this project.”

The project began this week and is contracted to be completed by October 31, 2007.