Department of Highways, District 6
Transportation Enhancement Check Presented to the City of Independence
Gov. Fletcher awards Transportation Enhancement
Funds totaling $159,814 to the City of Independence
FRANKFORT, KY –(August 18, 2005)—Representatives of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s office and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today awarded a check from Transportation Enhancement funds totaling $159,814 to the City of Independence.
The funding is for Phase II of the Renaissance Construction project in Independence.
“By awarding these funds to the City of Independence, 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.
The Transportation Enhancement funds will be used in the construction of five foot wide sidewalks that are parallel with KY 17 from Summit View Middle and Elementary Schools southward approximately two miles to Kenton Elementary School. This project will enhance the downtown area by providing a safe thoroughfare to local churches, schools and businesses in the community.
“I want to recognize and give special thanks to the local officials in Independence, especially Mayor Chris Moriconi and the Independence City Council, 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 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.
Mayor Chris Moriconi,left, is shaking hands with Cory Meadow, Executive Director of the Transportation Enhancement Program. Members of the Independence City Council, as well as Senator Damen Thayer (standing behind the check), Judge Executive Ralph Drees, John Salyers with Jim Bunning's Office, John Stanton with the Governor's Office, Adam Howard with Mitch McConnell's office and Senator Jack Westwood (clapping hands) were on hand for the check presentation.
Mayor Chris Moriconi