Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher, Transportation Cabinet Announce New Round of Transportation Enhancement Projects

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Doug Hogan
502-564-3419
 


$1.7 million in new projects made possible through cabinet efficiencies

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sidewalk improvements, streetscapes, pedestrian paths and bike trail improvements highlight the latest round of Transportation Enhancement funds approved by Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).  The 16 projects total more than $1.7 million dollars and reinforce Governor Fletcher’s emphasis on investing in projects that promote healthy lifestyle activities and alternate modes of transportation.   

“These projects will help us fulfill our commitment to strong communities across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher.  “The projects encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of life in a number of Kentucky communities while at the same time preserving our history and improving our scenic beauty and the environment.”

The transportation-related projects are funded through the federal government’s Transportation Enhancement (TE) program.  Kentucky’s share of federal funds is administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded Kentucky an additional $33.9 million dollars in obligation authority.  The funding was redistributed to Kentucky based on how efficiently the administration allocated its federal funding during the past fiscal year.  As a result, Kentucky is now able to put additional funding into the Transportation Enhancement program.  

Communities and organizations across the state submitted more than $100 million in requests for TE projects earlier this year. 

“The TE program provides us with the opportunity to undertake innovative transportation-related projects that mean so much to local communities,” said Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert.

Complete information on the program is available online at http://www.tea21.ky.gov.  Below is a brief description of the projects that have been selected in this round of funding.

County Applicant Project Title Project Description Total TE Award
Boone City of Florence KY 18 and Interstate 71/75 Pedestrian Connection KY 18 and Interstate 71/75 Pedestrian Connection - construction of sidewalks along KY 18 and extending east 3,200' across I-71/75 to sidewalks at Tanners Lane $222,000.00
Estill City of Irvine Irvine Streetscape Irvine Streetscape - sidewalk beautification along KY 52 and KY 89. $21,000.00
Fleming City of Flemingsburg Flemingsburg Streetscape Improvements Flemingsburg Streetscape Improvements - sidewalk beautifications along Water Street, Main Street, Foxspring Avenue, Mt. Sterling Avenue, South Main Cross and Court Square $128,000.00
Gallatin City of Glencoe Glencoe Sidewalk Construction Project Phase II Glencoe Sidewalk Construction Project Phase II - replacement and repair of 810' of sidewalks along US 127 and KY 467 $39,000.00
Graves City of Mayfield Mayfield Safe Routes to Schools Project Mayfield Safe Routes to Schools Project -  new construction and improvement of existing sidewalks and bike routes, along with pedestrian education and training $80,000.00
Grayson City of Leitchfield Leitchfield Pedestrian Enhancement Leitchfield Pedestrian Enhancement Project - completion of approximately 3 mile stretch of sidewalks along KY 259 from the new Leitchfield bypass on the south side of the city to the bypass connection on the north side of the city. $90,000.00
Green City of Greensburg Gateway Beautification Project Gateway Beautification Project - sidewalk beautifications, along US 68 $380,000.00
Jefferson City of Brownsboro Farm Brownsboro Farm Pathway Brownsboro Farm Pathway - creation of 650' pedestrian path to provide access to City Park $20,400.00
Jessamine City of Wilmore Wilmore Downtown Green Project Wilmore Downtown Green Project - sidewalk beautifications, construction of a shared use path, and landscaping in and around the town square $79,000.00
Kenton City of Independence Renaissance Construction Project - Phase III Renaissance Construction Project - Phase III -  continued replacement of an additional 2830' of deteriorated sidewalks in historical downtown district $130,000.00
Lyon City of Eddyville Eddyville Sidewalk Improvement Project Eddyville Sidewalk Improvement Project - replacement/repair of 3,000' of sidewalks along W. Fairview Ave, W.Dale Ave, Dale Street, Main Street, Commerce Street and Knob Street $88,000.00
Marion City of Lebanon Lebanon Streetscape Improvements Lebanon Streetscape Improvements - sidewalk beautifications along KY 55 $144,000.00
Mason - Bracken City of Germantown Germantown Downtown Streetscape Project Germantown Streetscape Project - replacement of sidewalks and landscaping along with drainage improvements along Highway 10 $62,000.00
Pike City of Pikeville Pikeville Multi-Use Trail Pikeville Multi-Use Trail - upgrade of existing 1.3 mile cross country running trail to a multi-use facility with the creation of a 2-way asphalt bike lane with drainage improvements located at the Bob Amos Park $100,000.00
Shelby City of Shelbyville Smithfield Road Sidewalk Project Smithfield Road Sidewalk Project - construction of approximately 1,500' of sidewalks along KY 53 connecting existing sidewalks along US 60 and Sanford Lane $24,000.00
Warren City of Smiths Grove Smiths Grove Sidewalk Project Smiths Grove Sidewalk Project - construction of 11, 582' of sidewalks connecting several existing sidewalks improving pedestrian access and safety. $175,000.00

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