Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear announces ‘Transportation Alternative Program’ funding for Lindsey Wilson College

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 20, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

Program allows expanded transportation choices for citizens

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced $160,000 in federal funding for a project at Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County to expand transportation choices to citizens in that community.

The funding is through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). It will be used to construct sidewalks from the college to Jamestown Road and from the campus to the Lindsey Wilson College Sports Park. The money will also be used to place crosswalks on streets surrounding the college making travel safer for students and staff that walk and drive around the campus.

“Enhancing a community’s transportation choices also enhances the quality of life for its citizens,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are confident this project will provide positive benefits for residents.”

TAP is a federally funded reimbursement program administered by the Office of Local Programs in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

TAP assists communities in funding transportation improvements such as safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes, beautification, and other investments. Projects may be a mix of elements and accessible to the general public or targeted to a broad segment of the general public.

“The construction of safe sidewalks and pathways around Lindsey Wilson is good news,” said Sen. Max Wise, of Campbellsville. “These infrastructure improvements are critical for Kentucky, especially around college campuses with the high amount of pedestrian traffic.”

“Safety is of the upmost importance for those who live in and around Lindsay Wilson College, and it’s important we provide students, staff and visitors a safe path to and from the campus,” said Rep. John “Bam” Carney, of Campbellsville. “I’m pleased to have worked with the Governor’s office in helping to secure funding necessary to bring this project to fruition.”

TAP enables the local government to recoup as much as 80 percent of the cost of a project. The city of Columbia and Lindsey Wilson College will put $40,000 toward the cost of the project.