Frankfort, KY: Sixteen Kentucky communities are receiving early holiday gifts from Governor Ernie Fletcher. The governor announced today the approval of 16 transportation-related projects totaling $ 3.7 million.
Today’s announcements mark the third and final round of projects chosen to be funded through the federal government’s Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, or TEA-21 program. Kentucky’s share of federal funds is administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
“These funding decisions demonstrate this administration’s firm commitment to using Transportation Enhancement funds to preserve our state's rich heritage while supporting economic development initiatives," said Governor Fletcher. "Working with the Transportation Cabinet, the Governor's Office for Local Development (GOLD) and the Kentucky Heritage Council, these projects will enable Kentucky's citizens and visitors to enjoy all that we as a Commonwealth have to offer."
The following is a brief synopsis of the projects that have been selected:
Ford Drive Beautification Project $8,000
City of Glasgow
This project includes the planting of trees and shrubs along Ford Drive. This effort will continue the progress that Glasgow has made in its revitalization initiatives. The project also will encourage new business development by improving the visual character of this area. Glasgow is a designated gold-level Renaissance Kentucky city.
Historic Burlington Sidewalk Improvements $352,062
Boone County Fiscal Court
This project provides a pedestrian system along the streets in and around the Burlington Historic District. It replaces 2,850 feet of existing, substandard and unsafe sidewalk, as well as adding 4,347 feet of new sidewalk. Street lighting and crosswalk improvements are included to provide safe street crossings. It also includes a pedestrian bridge over Allens Fork Creek along KY 338.
Dayton Towne Centre Phase II $49,880
City of Dayton
The Dayton Green Line Streetcar Turnaround is located in the heart of downtown Dayton. This project is an effort to preserve and display the history of the old street railway line that once dominated Dayton culture and commemorate the historic “turnaround” of the Bellevue-Dayton line.
Manchester B Project $30,000
City of Manchester
This project will restore a building to house the Clay County Historical Society who will operate a tourist information and welcome center and a history museum out of the newly-restored building. The building’s location is on Manchester’s primary access corridor, US 421.
Downtown Albany Pedestrian Improvement Project $512,000
City of Albany
This project will provide a more comfortable and safe environment for pedestrians. The following will be provided: removal of overhead electric lines and replacement with underground utilities; new brick accents on reconstructed sidewalks; new crosswalks to meet ADA accessibility guidelines; installation of outdoor furniture around the courthouse; removal of obstructive trees; the redesign of green space areas; and new lighting fixtures.
Estill County Courthouse $500,000
Estill County Fiscal Court
The Estill County Fiscal Court proposes the restoration and preservation of the Estill County Courthouse, a historic stone structure located at 130 Main Street in Irvine. This project will improve the visual experience for travelers and visitors as they drive along Main Street (KY 89) and River Drive (KY 52). Irvine is a designated silver-level Renaissance Kentucky community.
Goddard Covered Bridge Land Preservation $80,000
City of Flemingsburg
This project involves purchasing 5 acres of land surrounding the Goddard Covered Bridge in Fleming County. The Goddard Covered Bridge is one of the thirteen remaining covered wooden bridges in the state and is still open to traffic. The preservation of the land surrounding the bridge will ensure that there will always be space to provide for the premier tourism activity in Fleming County - the Annual Covered Bridge Festival, held every August. The festival has received the “Top 20 Events in the Southeastern United States” award for the past two years and is a boost to the local economy.
Continuous Walkway, Lakeview Park $84,750
Franklin County Fiscal Court
This project involves the construction of a continuous walkway connecting the existing walkway on US Highway 460 to the Frankfort City limits near the Indian Hills subdivision. This will create safe access to Lakeview Park for bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders using the park facilities and will also provide safe walk-up access to the park for visitors using the existing public ground transportation system.
Scott Street & Madison Avenue Streetscape Project $436,240
City of Covington
This project will provide funding for streetscape improvements in the city of Covington’s Renaissance District. The streetscape elements to be addresses include safety, pedestrian surfaces, vehicular and pedestrian interaction, lighting, signage, landscaping and street furniture.
London Sidewalks $500,000
City of London
This project will secure and establish safe pathways and sidewalks for pedestrians, especially those with physical limitations, along the downtown business district within the city of London. It includes public utility enhancements and the addition of ADA ramps and safe crosswalk markings, and the purchasing of trash receptacles, seating, bicycle racks, landscaping and lighting.
Hyden City Pedway Project $120,000
City of Hyden
This project will serve the residents of Hyden and Leslie County by providing them with safe and efficient access to the downtown area. The project consists of restoring dilapidated pedways along US 421/Main Street – an area that includes Hyden City Hall, the Leslie County Courthouse, the Leslie County Public Library, banks, businesses, Mary Breckenridge Hospital and Hazard Community College’s Leslie County Campus. It will encompass refinishing existing pedways with stone and improve lighting along the corridor.
Highway 68/80 Heritage Corridor $80,000
Metcalfe County Fiscal Court
The project will establish an east-west heritage corridor along the historic transportation route that will emphasize cultural, heritage and safety while bringing economic growth back to communities. Special emphasis will be placed on inventorying and developing thematic trails geared toward depots, covered bridges and other transportation sites along the route.
Restoration of the Old National Guard Armory $391,000
Nicholas County Fiscal Court
This project will restore and preserve the Old Armory located on KY Highway 36 in Carlisle. The Old Armory building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the operational center of the Nicholas County Ambulance Service and the USDA Extension Service.
Falmouth Central City Redevelopment Initiative $328,000
City of Falmouth
This project is the final phase of City of Falmouth’s Urban Renewal Streetscape Initiative and the project area includes a one block area of KY 22 (Main Street) from the corner of Shelby Street to Fourth Street. This area constitutes the heart of the city including the public library, city fire station, Pendleton County Courthouse, Kennett Tavern (the city building) and numerous businesses. The improvements include the replacement of all existing sidewalks, burial of all overhead utilities, removal of all coal shoots and the installation of new signage and period streetlights.
Bagdad Sidewalk Project $66,000
Shelby County Fiscal Court
This project will provide a 4,400-foot pedestrian walkway that will interconnect with sidewalks already in place in the business section of Bagdad. This project will provide safer pedestrian access by eliminating the need to walk in the roadways.
Historic District Sidewalk Replacement $194,000
City of Taylorsville and Spencer County Fiscal Court
This project involves the replacement of 41-year-old sidewalks, the removal of existing utility poles, relocation of electrical lines and the addition of street lighting, benches and landscaping in the heart of the Taylorsville Historic District. The completion of this project will eliminate safety concerns and further enhance visibility from the highway and improve the view of many historic properties that are aligned with Highway 44/Main Street.