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Transportation Cabinet awards $16.6M for community improvements, includes $1.5M for four NKY projects

Governor Matt Bevin and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced a $16.6 million investment to fund 42 transformative community projects statewide through the Commonwealth’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

The funding includes more than $1.5 million to support four Northern Kentucky projects.

Funding 80 percent of the total project costs, the awards support safe connections and accessibility primarily through sidewalk improvements for the general pedestrian, children and disabled populations.

“We are grateful for this significant federal TAP investment to benefit communities,” said Gov. Bevin. “Funds from this program enable local communities to implement important transportation projects that increase connectivity for diverse populations, such as non-driving and disabled Kentuckians.”

TAP is a federal reimbursement program administered through the Office of Local Programs in the KYTC’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.

Funding assists communities pursuing transportation improvements, such as completing bicycle and pedestrian pathways, constructing ADA-compliant ramps and sidewalks, and improving connections to schools, recreation and businesses.

The disbursement includes $416,000 for a $520,000 multi-use path on KY 537 in Boone County that will include signal upgrades and crosswalks.

The City of Bellevue will receive $100,000 for the Grandview Elementary Sidewalk project, which the Cabinet stated is greatly needed (provided photo).

Two Campbell County projects are also included in the funding, one in Bellevue and another in Dayton.

In Bellevue, $100,000 will be committed to a $125,000 Grandview Elementary Sidewalk project, which the Cabinet stated is “greatly needed to serve local children/families.”

In Dayton, $260,720 will go toward funding of the next phase of the Dayton Pike Sidewalk Connector project. the bike/pedestrian project is shovel-ready and will cost $325,900 to complete.

The Cabinet has committed $800,000 toward a $1 million project in Grant County to make sidewalks in Williamstown Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Twenty percent of the overall project funding comes from local matches. This recent cycle brings the total investment 2019 funding to date to $21 million for 56 projects spanning the entire state.

“Improving safety, increasing access and investing in efficient modes of transportation is at the heart of what we do, and this program helps deliver projects that will impact citizens every day,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “We’re pleased to support needed improvements that keep Kentuckians connected and on the move.”

Funding for TAP is authorized as a dedicated portion of the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding program under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which authorizes federal transportation funding from Fiscal Year 2016-2020.

To see a complete project list, click here.

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