KY 3503/Empire Drive Sidewalk

Project Information

Facility: Empire Drive (KY 3503 and KY 2847)

Location: KY 1829 (Industrial Road) to US 25 (Dixie Highway)

Project Type: Bike/Ped

Priority Level: Tier 2

Project Description:

  • Construct a sidewalk along the east and south sides of the roadway.

Cost Estimate:

Design Utilities Right of Way Construction TOTAL
$100,000 $190,000 $160,000 $770,000 $1,220,000


  • This project will provide a continuous sidewalk to connect TANK bus stops with businesses along Empire Drive.
  • This project supports Boone County’s goal of improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and safety throughout the county.  Click HERE for a map of multi-use paths in Boone County.


  • The sidewalk project will require additional right-of-way.
  • There are several overhead utilities that run along both sides of Empire Drive that may be impacted.
  • There are three at-grade Norfolk Southern railroad crossings along the route. Coordination with the railroad will be needed to implement this project.

Existing Conditions

Functional Classification: KY 3503 (Empire Drive): Major Collector | KY 2847 (Empire Drive): Local

Land Use/Socio-Economic/Environmental:

  • Empire Drive serves several industries along the corridor. Many employees that work at these facilities rely on TANK services for transportation to and from work.
  • By year 2040, employment along Empire Drive is expected to increase by approximately 500 jobs.


  • Within the five-year crash analysis period (2012-2016), there was one pedestrian-involved crash along Empire Drive.


  • There are 13 TANK stops along the route that serve TANK routes 1 and 28X.
  • There are no pedestrian facilities along Empire Drive that connect the TANK stops with businesses.  Employees that ride the bus or want to take a walk during work are limited to walking either in private parking lots, grass utility strips or along the roadway.