Department of Highways, District 5
Governor Fletcher & Transportation Cabinet Award Funding for Bike & Pedestrian Facilities
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced today that $515,200 in reimbursable federal funds will be provided to Louisville-Metro Government. The money will be used for the planning and construction of bike and pedestrian facilities in Olmsted Parks.
“This project is another example of my administration's commitment to improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians," said Governor Fletcher. "When completed, this trail will connect neighborhoods, parks, schools, workplaces and existing multi-use trails. The facility will also provide a healthy environment and improve our air quality.”
The federal CMAQ (Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality) funds will be used to complete a 2.7 mile multi-use trail along two Olmsted Parkways. The segment will be built along part of Southwestern and Algonquin Parkways from Shawnee Park to Cane Run Road/Wilson Avenue. Ultimate build-out of the project over several yeas will be a 10-mile trail connecting Algonquin, Southwestern, Southern and Eastern Parkways. At Shawnee Park, the 2.7 mile segment will connect with Olmsted Park trails and trails along Beargrass Creek.
“This project will help our environment by encouraging more commuters to use alternative transportation modes,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Bike racks, signs, lighting, landscaping and production and distribution of maps showing the multi-use trails are also important components of this project.”
Louisville-Metro Government will be responsible for the $128,000 local match. The agreement has been forwarded to Louisville-Metro. The KYTC has previously authorized more than $370,000 in federal funds for this project.