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Parking meters add evening, Saturday hours

Changes protect on-street spots for small businesses COVINGTON, Ky. – Seeking to preserve on-street parking for the small businesses who need it to survive, the City of Covington will begin enforcing parking meters on evenings and Saturdays. The long-overdue change brings Covington in line with surrounding cities and is partly in response to complaints from business owners about spots ...

Construction trailers, design RFP signal progress on IRS site

COVINGTON, Ky. – The long and complex process of transforming the vacant 23-acre IRS site into a reimagined neighborhood jumped forward this week on parallel tracks – one visible to the public and one all but behind the scenes. O’Rourke Wrecking Company moved construction trailers to the site as it plans to begin removing asbestos and underground fuel tanks next week, kicking ...

1½ tons of ‘dead’ holiday lights

Almost 100 trees also recycled during effort to save landfill space COVINGTON, Ky. – Nearly 100 discarded trees and almost 650 pounds of non-working lights from Covington were kept out of landfills this past holiday season – and when you include the “dead” strands of lights collected by the City’s partners across Northern Kentucky, that number expands fivefold. ...

No-tolls pledge a ‘win’ for City, region

Flanked by their chief transportation advisers, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, seated at left, and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear sign the Brent Spence Bridge project agreement. That’s Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks at far left, and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Sec. Jim Gray at far right. City praises Beshear, DeWine after joint Brent Spence announcement COVINGTON, ...

New signs mark historic Lewis & Clark trail

Floyd Ard, with Public Works’ Right-of-Way Division, installs a historic marker on East 4th Street. 4,900-mile route draws tourists to 16 states COVINGTON, Ky. – Three new street signs featuring the silhouettes of two buckskin-clad explorers signal Covington’s inclusion on a historic route that stretches almost 5,000 miles through 16 states and retraces one of the most famo...

Winter storm response: Over 30 hours & counting

Public Works crews working double shifts to clear streets COVINGTON, Ky. – Every driver and piece of equipment available ... As snowflakes continued to fall this morning on the second day of a particularly problematic winter storm, leaders at Covington’s Public Works Department said they will continue to throw everything they have toward the mission of clearing roads and making t...

Winter storm gonna be ‘ugly’

Daniel Chumley, left, and Doug Meyung mount a snow plow on a City of Covington Public Works truck. The two are mechanics in the Fleet Division. Rain, bitter cold to complicate road crews’ response COVINGTON, Ky. – It’s going to be “ugly.” As crews from Covington’s Public Works Department prepare for the coming winter storm, its leaders say drivers shoul...

O’Rourke Wrecking to demolish IRS site

City OKs contract, work to start next month COVINGTON, Ky. – Almost 55 years after it opened and 2½ years after it closed, the sprawling IRS data processing facility will soon cease to exist. The Covington Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night voted 5-0 to hire O’Rourke Wrecking Company of Cincinnati to demolish the sprawling one-story “Flat Top” complex, rip...

Brood X, Omicron & ‘City of the Year’

Yet another unique restaurant in The Cov, OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez, opened on West M.L. King Jr. Blvd. in June. Amid massive challenges, Covington moved forward in 2021 COVINGTON, Ky. – As an exclamation, the phrase “What a year!” can, alternately, ooze vibes both negative and positive. … so it was during 2021 in the City of Covington. The year that just pa...

Dog park demolition under way

City hopes to open facility this spring COVINGTON, Ky. – The construction of a neighborhood dog park on Covington’s west side officially got under way today. A Bobcat and dump truck operated by Public Works crews began removing pavement and short divider walls at an existing playground at Ninth and Philadelphia streets early this afternoon. The demolition is the first physical wo...
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