Thursday, April 19, 2012

OKI 2040 plan open houses come to urban core

The fourth in an eight-stop open house tour for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) 2040 Regional Transportation Plan comes to Hamilton County this evening from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

The plan, a long-range, comprehensive transportation planning document that examines existing and future needs for the eight-county OKI region, is updated every four years as required by federal law.

According to the plan's findings, the population of the region – which includes Boone, Butler, Campbell, Clermont, Dearborn, Hamilton, Kenton, and Warren counties – is projected to surpass the 2 million mark by 2015. By 2040, the number of households in the region will increase by approximately 25 percent, and nearly a quarter-million jobs will be added.

The open house will reveal the 120 projects recommended for inclusion in the update, including:
  • 87 road projects totaling $8.4 billion, which includes $2.7 billion for replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge;
  • 24 public transportation projects totaling $1.1 billion, including nearly $1 billion for the Eastern Corridor Oasis Line;
  • 4 intelligent transportation system projects totaling $63.8 million;
  • 2 freight projects totaling $16.2 million; and
  • 3 bicycle and pedestrian projects totaling $2.6 million.
Eighty-two percent of the combined project costs represent projects from the core urban counties of Hamilton and Kenton. OKI has final authority over all federal money spent on transportation in the region, roughly $40 million annually.

Future open houses will be held for Kenton County on April 23 at the Crestview Hills City Building, 50 Crestview Hills Mall Road; and for Campbell County on April 25 at the Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring.

A final public hearing on the draft update will be held June 11 before the OKI board, followed by the board's vote for or against adoption on June 21.

Previous reading on BC:
Registration open for annual meeting of OKI conservation council (3/28/11)
Public gets look at ongoing OKI freight plan (3/7/11)
OKI releases new, updated bicycle map for Northern Kentucky (7/20/10)