RECEIVES NEARLY $10 MILLION IN FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND PEDESTRIAN PATHS IN
NEWPORT AND DAYTON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 13, 2016
President, Southbank Partners
NEWPORT - Southbank Partners has received
nearly $10 million in grants from the OKI Regional Council of Governments that
will be used for street improvements and pedestrian paths in the Southbank
Partners cities of Newport and Dayton.
The City of Newport will receive $5.39
million to improve the area around the 11th Street Underpass over Monmouth
Street and $3.8 million for improvements on Monmouth Street south of the Underpass.
In addition, the City of Dayton received $646,760 for continued development of
Riverfront Commons, an 11-mile public
walk-and-bikeway path connecting Northern Kentucky's river cities that is the
brainchild of Southbank Partners.
All told, the two Southbank Partners
cities received $9.8 million The funds were allocated through the Surface
Transportation Program for Northern Kentucky (SNK).
President Jack Moreland said winning approval of the grants was a team effort.
He credited Southbank Partners grant writers Robert Yoder and Henley McInthosh
as well as former Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli Sr. - who now oversees the Newport's
Neighborhood Foundations housing authority - and his son, Newport City
Commissioner Tom Guidugli Jr., for maintaining focus on the Monmouth Street
projects. Guidugli Sr. began
pushing for the project more than a decade ago while serving as mayor. His son
has continued to advocate for funding for the street improvements and repairs,
which will signifcantly improve safety and traffic flows through the area.
"Like everything we
do at Southbank, this was a true team effort," Moreland said. "For
nearly two decades Southbank Partners has been a driving force in the
successful riverfront development and infrastructure improvement of our partner
cities. These projects will continue to improve the quality, safety and
convenience of life for those who live, visit and work in the Southbank
OKI is a council of local governments,
business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative
strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and the economic
development potential of the Tri-State.
"These projects form a comprehensive
network that will improve the region's economy and quality of life," said
OKI CEO Mark Policinski. "They solve important roadway problems while also
funding transportation options like bike and pedestrian paths, which
communities consider a must-have rather than a nice-to-have. The environment,
economy and safety of our region will be advanced by these wise
About Southbank Partners, Inc.
Southbank Partners is a coalition
of government, business and community leaders in the Northern Kentucky Ohio
River cities of Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow and Fort Thomas.
For more information, visit www.SouthbankPartners.com.