Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Announces Over $5 million in Congestion Mitigation Funds to the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 05, 2015  
Contact Information:  Terry Sebastian
Jennifer Brislin
502-564-2611
 


Funding to aid in completion of air quality improvement projects

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) officials today announced the award of $6,359,960 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government and City of Jeffersontown to improve safety and air quality in Kentucky’s most populous county.

CMAQ funding will be provided for:

  • Kentuckiana Air Education (KAIRE) program – $480,000. This program educates the public about the health effects of poor air quality, raises awareness of ozone season, and encourages behavior that will help local air quality.
     
  • UPS CNG Trucks and Fueling Station – $4,823,960. This public-private partnership between Louisville Metro Government and UPS will assist in the UPS transition from diesel-gasoline vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles at the UPS facility in Louisville. Funding will be used to help pay for CNG trucks and construction of a CNG fueling station.
     
  • City of Jeffersontown – $1,056,000. Funding is for construction of a paved bicycle-pedestrian path parallel to Watterson Trail between Stonybrook Drive and Mulberry Row Way, a distance of 0.83 miles. The city proposed it as part of a system that would afford those who use it an alternative to motor vehicles.

“To have a healthy Commonwealth, we must have clean air, which means reduced emissions,” Gov. Beshear said. “CMAQ funding helps us in working toward that goal.”

“A vibrant community and growing economy requires clean air and a clean environment,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We’re delighted that the KAIRE program is getting funding to continue educating the public about how air quality is tied to health, and we’re thrilled to be part of a partnership with UPS that reflects its commitment to diversify its fuel sources.”

“UPS is honored to be one of the recipients of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding from Governor Beshear and the KYTC,” said Lou Rivieccio, president of UPS’s Ohio Valley District. “Being awarded this funding recognizes and affirms UPS’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. We will continue to reinforce our efforts to be more efficient and reduce our environmental impact.”

Federal CMAQ funds are for innovative transportation projects or programs aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Kentucky annually receives CMAQ funds for use in areas striving to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Such areas are designated “nonattainment” or “maintenance” for the standards.

CMAQ funds are available to state and local government agencies as well as private entities through public-private partnerships. Nonprofit organizations may also apply in partnership with state or local government agencies.

KYTC solicits applications and makes awards annually for CMAQ funds. The cabinet’s Office of Local Programs administers all CMAQ funds and project applications.

CMAQ projects support Gov. Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidences and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.

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