The public plays a critical role in the project development process, specifically providing feedback that helps inform decision making throughout the entire process.

We’ve recently completed our initial evaluation process and have updated the study corridors that will undergo further review.

NKY Outer Loop Study Project Goals:

• Provide economic development opportunities;
• Enhance regional mobility;
• Improve safety;
• Provide a cost-effective, constructible transportation solution;
• Provide the Kentucky portion of a future Cincinnati Eastern Bypass; and
• Remain sensitive to local resources.

Level One Evaluation Summary:
The following summarizes the results of the Level One evaluation process and details why the four alternatives were selected for more detailed Level Two evaluation.

Note: The Northern Kentucky Outer Loop Study is in the planning phase. Therefore, additional variations could be considered in the next phase (design). This study is focusing resources to further examine four potential options.

Alternative A: Performed best in the project goals for enhancing regional mobility and providing a cost-effective constructible solution. In addition, Alternative A showed one of largest potential increases in workforce accessibility, provided access to 18 existing industries, had the largest projected traffic volumes between I-71 and I-75, showed the greatest potential for crash reduction, and had the lowest construction cost estimate of $950 million.

Alternative B1: Performed fourth best overall in the measures of effectiveness. In addition, Alternative B1 showed one of largest potential increases in workforce accessibility, showed one of the largest increases in employment opportunities, passes through one Opportunity Zone and one Enhanced Incentive County, had the largest projected traffic volumes between US 27 and the AA Highway, and had a construction cost estimate of $1.23 billion.

Alternative D1: Performed best in the project goal for Economic Development. In addition, Alternative D1 showed one of largest potential increases in workforce accessibility, showed one of the largest increases in employment opportunities, provided access to 18 existing industries and 1,700 acres of shovel-ready sites, passed through two Opportunity Zones and one Enhanced Incentive County, and had the second largest projected traffic volumes between I-71 and I-75. This alternative did have the second highest construction cost estimate of $1.47 billion.

Alternative D2: Performed best in the project goal for Improve Safety and second best in the project goal for Economic Development. In addition, Alternative D2 provided access to 17 existing industries and 2,000 acres of shovel-ready sites, passed through two Opportunity Zones and one Enhanced Incentive County, and had the second largest projected traffic volumes between I-75 and US 27. This alternative did have the highest construction cost estimate of $1.54 billion.

The Project Team is now working on the Level Two evaluation. Those findings are expected to be shared with stakeholders and the public by mid-summer.

Comments and questions about the study can be shared with us at info@NKYOuterLoopStudy.org or mailed to:

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Program Management
ATTN: Northern Kentucky Outer Loop Study
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622