Governor heralds new river trail
The remnants of Covington Landing stood behind Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday as he praised what he believes will be a new age for Covington's riverfront.
He presented a check for $3.9 million to Covington and $530,000 to Dayton to build large portions of the Riverfront Commons trail.
He also presented $976,000 to the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky for two electric hybrid buses and $250,000 for sidewalk repair in Silver Grove.
The Riverfront Commons money came from a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant.
The trail, when completed, will extend along the Ohio River from Fort Thomas to Ludlow.
“We believe it will accelerate Covington's already considerable momentum in the downtown and riverfront areas,” Beshear said.
Covington will use its portion to revamp the land in front of the floodwall. There will be improved access points from the city, a mini-serpentine wall, three levels of walking paths, canoe put-ins and public plazas, said Larisa Sims, assistant Covington city manager for development.
The city will contribute $2.76 million. It's looking for an additional $3.5 million, either from public or private sources, Sims said. The city expects to break ground in the spring.
“It's not a small deal, because we've got to excavate a lot of the fill dirt and bring fill dirt in,” Sims said.