Department of Highways, District 10
Gov. Fletcher awards Transportation Enhancement grant of $141,524 in Hazard

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 12, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. Elkins
Public Information Officer
District 10

FRANKFORT, KY –(July 11, 2005)—Representatives of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s office and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today awarded a Transportation Enhancement grant totaling more than $140,000 to officials in the City of Hazard.

The grant is for a Downtown Renaissance Streetscape project in Hazard.

"By awarding these funds to the City of Hazard, we are fulfilling the Fletcher administration’s primary mission which is to improve economic development and the quality of life for the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Bill Nighbert, acting Transportation secretary.

A $141,524 grant will help fund the construction of a sidewalk along East Main Street near the site of a proposed new bridge across the North Fork of the Kentucky River and making other improvements in the area, as well as assist in implementing crosswalk improvements and upgrading parking signage throughout downtown.

"I want to recognize and give special thanks to the local officials in Hazard, especially Mayor Bill Gorman, for their dedication and commitment to this project. There is no question that these preservation projects help the program’s goal of strengthening the cultural and aesthetic aspects of Kentucky’s intermodal transportation system," said Cory Meadows, executive director of the Transportation Enhancement Program.

The Transportation Enhancement program was created by federal legislation in 1991 to offer states funding opportunities to expand transportation choices and increase recreational access. Communities may also use TE funds to contribute toward the revitalization of local and regional economies by restoring historic buildings, renovating streetscapes or providing transportation museums and visitors centers.