Department of Highways, District 6
Kentucky Transportation to begin 'Revive the Drive - NKY'

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 22, 2011  
Contact Information:  Nancy Wood
Public Information Officer
421 Buttermilk Pike
Covington, KY 41017

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to begin

‘Revive the Drive – NKY’


Rehabilitation projects on four interstate routes will require travelers to be alert, prepared


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is about to begin “Revive the Drive – NKY” carrying out pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstates 71, 75, 275, and 471. Travelers in the area – local as well as out-of-state – will need to be alert and prepared for the rest of 2011.


The projects include replacing or repairing old pavement in multiple locations, a ramp widening in Campbell County, and repainting nearly two dozen bridges in Kenton County.


Collectively, the projects will result in markedly improved driving conditions, added safety, and the routine maintenance that is crucial for the interstate infrastructure of Northern Kentucky. To assist travelers throughout an unavoidably protracted season of road work, the cabinet (KYTC) and Department of Highways District 6, in Covington, are launching an awareness campaign, “Revive the Drive - NKY.”


“While this Northern Kentucky interstate pavement project will benefit motorists and improve roadway pavement conditions, traffic congestion and backups will unfortunately occur,” said Rob Hans, chief district engineer of the Covington District. “We have been getting the word out to prepare local commuters and travelers so that they can plan accordingly.”


Several projects were recently awarded:


  • Repair of concrete pavement on I-275 from KY 9 (AA Highway) in Campbell County to US 25 (Dixie Highway) in Kenton County.  As part of this project, the I-275 EB Exit ramp to KY 9 in Wilder will be widened.  There will be two lanes for traffic heading to NB KY 9 and two lanes for traffic heading to SB KY 9.  The SB KY 9 will also be restriped to allow continuous flow of traffic from the ramp. The improvement will help alleviate exit traffic backing up on I-275. The project also includes adding median cable barriers on I-275. Cost of project: $15 million. John R. Jurgensen Company and Subsidiary, of Cincinnati, is the contractor. Expected completion: Dec. 1, 2011.  Thursday, March 24, 2011, traffic impacts will begin.


  • Repair and replacement of faulty and settling sections of concrete pavement on I-75/I-71 NB and SB from the Rivard Drive underpass, which is north of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell, to the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. Work will include joint repair work on several bridges. Cost of project: $14.2 million.  John R. Jurgensen Company and Subsidiary, of Cincinnati, is the contractor.  Expected completion: Dec. 1, 2011.  Monday, April 4, 2011, traffic impacts will begin.


  • Painting of all I-275 steel bridges in Kenton County. Eighteen bridges in all, including Dr. Poweleit Licking River Bridge, KY 16, KY 17, KY 1303, US 25, CNO and TP Railroad Bridge, Crescent Springs Road and I-75/I-275 interchange bridges. All will be blast-cleaned of old paint and triple-coated. Cost of project: $15.5 million. ATSALIS Brothers Painting Co., of Clinton Township, Mich., is the contractor. Expected completion: Nov. 15, 2012.  Monday, April 4, 2011, minimal traffic impacts will begin.


  • Asphalt resurfacing of I-75 in Boone County from Crittenden (Exit 166) north to Richwood Road (Exit 176) and SB from Turfway Road (Exit 182) to just north of Crittenden (Exit 166). Cost of project: $6.2 million. Bluegrass Paving Inc., of Florence, is the contractor.  Expected completion: Sept. 30, 2011.  Currently, beginning date of this project has not been determined.


Projects already in progress:


  • $35.8 million asphalt overlay on NB and SB I-71 in Boone and Gallatin counties. The 18-mile project area extends from the I-71/I-75 interchange to the vicinity of Sparta Exit 57 (77.7 – 59.7 mile marker). The project is addressing base failures (potholes and ruts), repairing three slide areas and installing guardrail at various locations.  Eaton Asphalt Paving Co. Inc., of Covington, is the prime contractor. Message boards are in place to warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph. Expected completion: Late fall 2011. Work already in progress.  Crews will be working during weekdays only.  No weekend work will take place.


  • $2.9 million concrete pavement repair on WB I-275 in Boone County.  Sections of pavement are being replaced between the Kenton County line/Turfway Road underpass and the airport interchange (Exit 4). Message boards are in place to warn motorists of the work zone and lane closures. Speed limit reduced to 55 mph; double fine zone enforced when workers are present and signs are posted. W. L. Harper Co., Hebron, is the prime contractor. Expected completion: June 15, 2011. Work already in progress.  Only night time work will be done on this section.  Crews will typically be working from 7 pm until 5 am during the week with some weekend work also occurring. 


Total of projects complete and projects in progress is $91 million. 


Projects coming soon:


  • Concrete pavement repairs on I-275 in Campbell County from KY 9 to the Ohio River – Work scheduled to begin summer 2011.


  • I-471 concrete pavement repairs – Currently scheduled for 2012.


Projects completed:


  • I-275 median cable barriers in Boone County, totaling 12.1 miles – $1.3 million.


Times and locations of construction activity will vary. Disruption of traffic flow is unavoidable. There are no “off hours” when it comes to road construction. 


Most work will take place on nights and weekends to avoid peak traffic hours, but there will still be lane closures.  “We are looking at every option for coordination of these projects to do the least amount of disruption to the traveling public,” Hans said.


To avoid interstate construction, motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.  Motorists who must travel the interstates should be prepared for long delays. 


Local commuters should consider carpooling or public transit.  Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will use its network of park-and-ride lots throughout Northern Kentucky to provide bus service to downtown Cincinnati. One full bus takes 40 cars off the road – a major help during construction periods. To find out more about TANK services go to


There will be several ways to get updated project information.


KYTC District 6 project info will be available on


District 6 and Insight Communications are working together.  Updated “Revive the Drive - NKY” information along with the weather reports will be provided daily on cn|2.


“Like” us on the KYTC District 6 Facebook page and get project information at


Another great feature will be provided on  You can personalize 511 with your travel information.  You can logon to the site before you leave to see how the “Revive the Drive – NKY” interstate projects affect your commute.  That way you will know before you go and can plan accordingly.