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The KY 8 Licking River Bridge is a critical connection for commuters, freight, pedestrians, and bicyclists traveling between Covington and Newport. Built in 1936, the current bridge has exceeded its original design life.  With significant development occurring in Covington and Newport, a replacement bridge is necessary to support the growing needs of all travelers using the KY 8 Licking River Bridge crossing.

“This project represents our commitment to improving safety and connectivity for all road users now and well into the future in a region teeming with growth opportunities,” said Governor Andy Beshear.

The KY 8 Licking River Bridge - a vital connector for travelers between Covington and Newport

KY 8 Licking River Project Goals

Safe, Efficient Crossing for All

  • The primary goal for this project is to provide safe, efficient crossing of the Licking River to serve the community for decades to come, including safe access for pedestrians and bicyclists.

A Signature Design

  • After seeking public input, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) understands the desire for a replacement bridge with a signature design. KYTC is committed to upholding the trust of the public by delivering a structure that is not only functional, but also visually appealing.

Access During Construction

  • KYTC realizes the critical connection the bridge provides for pedestrians and bicyclists and is committed to ensuring their safety and access during construction. Impacts to vehicular traffic will also be minimized as the new bridge is built.

Responsible Stewardship of Funding

  • The Kentucky Highway Plan provides $68 million for the design and construction work to build the new bridge. KYTC is committed to utilizing this public funding responsibly.

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