Hicks Pike Reconstruction Phase 1

Project Information

Facility: Hicks Pike (CR 1151)

Location: Man O War Boulevard to KY 338 (Richwood Road)

Project Type: Roadway Maintenance/Reconstruction

Priority Level: Tier 1

Project Description:

  • Reconstruct Hicks Pike from two to three lanes.
  • Consider an urban cross section with curb and gutter.
  • Include a multi-use path along one or both sides of the roadway.

Cost Estimate:

Design Utilities Right of Way Construction TOTAL
$660,000 $660,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $8,820,000

Benefits:

  • Improved roadway geometry will enhance the safety along Hicks Pike for current and future anticipated additional vehicles resulting from additional residential development in the area.
  • New sidewalks or multi-use paths will provide a connection to the bicycle and pedestrian facilities that are included in the KY 338 (Richwood Road) and US 42 recommended widening projects and the amenities along these routes. The multi-use paths are consistent with Boone County’s overall goal to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity.  Click HERE for a map of multi-use paths in Boone County.

Challenges:

  • This phase of the Hicks Pike reconstruction project will require reconstruction of the bridge over Mud Lick Creek.
  • The project will need to be coordinated with the Boone County Planning Commission to accommodate anticipated future development in this area.
  • Additional right-of-way will be required to implement this recommendation.

Existing Conditions

Functional Classification: Local

Existing ADT: 2,730 vehicles per day

2040 Forecasted ADT: 3,400 vehicles per day

Congestion:

  • The residential development planned along this roadway is expected to use Hicks Pike as a primary connection to I-71/75.
  • Traffic demand along roadways and at cross streets is expected to increase as residential development expands in this area.

Land Use/Socio-Economic/Environmental:

  • By year 2040, population to the south of Hicks Pike is expected to grow by 4,500 homes.
  • Also by year 2040, population to the west of US 42, near Hicks Pike is expected to grow by over 3,000 homes.

Safety: 

  • The existing cross section consists of 10 foot lanes with no shoulders. The deficient lane width and absence of shoulders create a safety concern for current and future increased traffic volumes.

Multi-Modal:

  • There are no dedicated bicycle or pedestrian facilities along this roadway. Residential development is likely increase the pedestrian and bicycle demand in this area.
  • There is a multi-use path included in the recommendation to widen KY 338 from Hicks Pike to the I-71/75 interchange improvement.  There is no existing pedestrian or bicycle provisions to connect pedestrian traffic to these planned facilities.