Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Awards $1,810,000 in Congestion Mitigation Funds to University of Louisville

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Miranda Thacker
502-564-3419
 


Funding will improve signage, expand services, provide pedestrian and bicycle facilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have awarded $1,810,000 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to the University of Louisville to improve safety and services around Belknap Campus.  The funding will provide for improved signage, purchase of an alternative fuel vehicle for shuttle services, and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

“Transportation infrastructure is a key component to building strong communities,” said Governor Fletcher.  “I am committed to improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians.  This is one way in which we fulfill that commitment – by providing a quality project that promotes healthy living, reduces traffic congestion and improves air quality.”

The project includes new signs with the university’s brand to help identify campus grounds and direct people more efficiently.  Two bicycle-pedestrian terminals will be constructed, with bike lockers, comfort stations, security, and information about shuttle schedules and the university.  Streetscaping and traffic calming measures to reduce speed and identify gateways to the university also are part of the project.  Shuttle services will be expanded with the purchase of an alternative fuel vehicle. 

“This funding will benefit the university and the community in many ways,” said university President James Ramsey.  “It will help us improve services and safety for our students and others in and around Belknap Campus.  By funding changes that will encourage bicycling and walking, and enabling us to purchase hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles for campus use, it also will help the university meet its commitment to protecting the environment.”

CMAQ is a federal program that funds transportation projects or programs that will reduce congestion and improve air quality.  Kentucky receives CMAQ funds for use in areas designated as “nonattainment” or “maintenance” for National Ambient Air Quality 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 a state or local government agency.

The Transportation Cabinet solicits applications and awards CMAQ funds annually. The Cabinet’s Office of Special Programs administers all CMAQ funds and projects.

For information on the CMAQ program and application, visit http://tea21.ky.gov/ and follow the link to CMAQ.


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