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Current Brent Spence expansion plan fatally flawed

This diagram from the 2013 Brent Spence Bridge Project Options Analysis shows the width of the proposed new project. (EDITOR’S NOTE: The following op-ed was signed by the five members of the Covington Board of Commissioners.)  COVINGTON, Ky. – While we all recognize that the Brent Spence Bridge needs improvement, regional leaders who advocate for the current expansion plan on th...

Forestry survey kicks off writing of tree strategy

Legend has it that the legendary Kentucky statesman Henry Clay had a hand in this massive and ancient ginkgo tree being planted near Behringer-Crawford Museum in Devou Park. City to write 20-year master plan for urban canopy  COVINGTON, Ky. – Unlike … say … marigolds (which take only about eight weeks to go from seed to flower) trees take decades if not longer to mature. S...

11th Street to get new pedestrian bridge

The 11th Street bridge has been closed to vehicles for eight years, even as the companion span for pedestrians just to the north has remained open.  Deteriorated vehicle span over RR tracks demolished soon  COVINGTON, Ky. – Work to build a new pedestrian bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at 11th Street will begin this month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced today. &n...

Devou delivery: 750 rainbows

Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources technician Adam Cecil releases 750 rainbow trout into Prisoners Lake. (For more pictures, see the City’s Facebook page @covingtonkygov)  State’s FINs program stocks Prisoners Lake with trout  COVINGTON, Ky. – With a turn of a pipe’s cap on the back of a truck’s cold-water tank, fishing options in Covington...

Façade work to start on ‘YMCA building’

The top photo shows the “radiator grille” that once covered 614 Madison Ave. The bottom photo shows the two buildings – 641 Madison and 19 E. Pike St., which wraps around it on two sides – as they looked last fall. The middle photo is a conceptual rendering from WorK Architecture + Design that shows a restored turret. Transformation to create hotel suites, bourbon ‘ex...

City cuts storm water fee 10%

Takeover of MS4 rainwater quality program to bring changes   COVINGTON, Ky. – The City of Covington’s takeover of a limited part of storm water management in the city will change three things about the small monthly fee assessed residents for that management:   Residents will pay 10 percent less than they currently do. Residents will be billed once a year instea...

City funds 7 neighborhood projects

The mosaic sign in MainStrasse Village will be repaired. (photo by Jake Ryle, WCPO) Beautification ideas include banners, benches, trees, and flowers COVINGTON, Ky. – Seven more neighborhood groups will receive funding from the City of Covington for small improvement projects ranging from park benches to solar lampposts to a trash can shaped for pizza boxes.   The funding – totali...

Snow & Ice Team back at it

Backhoe operator Lonnie Johnson dumps a load of salt into a Kenworth dump truck driven by fleet mechanic Doug Meyung and driver Danny Peters. Public Works crews plowing, salting streets through the night COVINGTON, Ky. – Bright lights, blowing snow, lots of noise, and carefully choreographed action. That was the scene late into Monday night at the City of Covington’s salt dome on Bor...

213 trees, 592 lbs. of lights

Ben Broomall, a groundsworker in the Devou Park/Forestry Division, turns Christmas trees into mulch near the Ohio River floodwall. Holiday recycling programs save landfill space  COVINGTON, Ky. – Efforts to recycle and repurpose holiday-related waste in Covington this season gathered in over a quarter-ton of burned-out light strings and a veritable forest of dried-out evergreens.  ...

Pretty paper

Can this be recycled?: Yes, no, sometimes   (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is another in a series of recycling tips from the City of Covington's Neighborhood Services Department, Solid Waste & Recycling Division.)   COVINGTON, Ky. – ... in which Rumpke Waste & Recycling helps us shed light (in rather specific fashion, we point out) on every recycler’s haunting question: &l...
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