FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear presented over $2 million Tuesday in several awards to Logan and Todd counties to improve infrastructure and accessibility in those communities.
According to a release by Beshear’s office, the funds totaled $2,025,385, which will go toward upgrades for pedestrians and cyclists, road resurfacing projects, rehabilitating a senior center and Elkton-Todd County Park.
“Today’s funding prioritizes the wellbeing of all Kentuckians,” said Beshear. “These awards are helping us build a better Kentucky by improving sidewalks, roads and parks and supporting our senior citizens.”
The funding will be used for the following projects:
- $424,000 from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program will be used for replacing sidewalks in the City of Russellville on both sides of Second St., according to the release. New sidewalks will connect the city’s underserved east side neighborhood to the Russellville city square, government buildings and about 40 downtown establishments.
Russellville Mayor Mike Stratton stated residents currently need to walk on grass or in the roadway to reach the downtown area if they lack transportation and that the city appreciates Beshear’s consideration of their application for the sidewalk project.
- In addition, $52,385 in discretionary transportation funding will go to Russellville for resurfacing and repairing hazardous conditions on a quarter-mile of Earl Davis Drive, according to the release.
Stratton stated the area receives 75 to 90 semi-truck loads each day, which has led to “numerous severe base failures,” which made the possibility of a total road failure a concern.
Beshear’s office stated the City of Russellville is responsible for administering the work and will be reimbursed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
- $625,000 in funding from the Cleaner Water Program will go to the Easter Logan Water District to add more than 41,000 feet of waterline, according to the governor’s release. The release further stated this change will help service “at least 25 unserved Kentuckians.”
- $276,000 in TAP funding will go to the City of Auburn for building seven-tenths of a mile of new sidewalk on Wrenwood Drive, offering a way to connect the newly renovated park, developing neighborhoods and senior citizen communities to downtown and Sugar Maple Square, according to Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes.
“Auburn has a substantial number of residents who walk for exercise and also a number who walk out of necessity. The new sidewalk will tie into and continue an existing sidewalk network and allow for more distance to be covered by pedestrians and bicycle riders. We thank Gov. Beshear for his support of this project to improve the quality of life in the City of Auburn,” said Hughes.
- $750,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding will go to Todd County to rehabilitate the Todd County Senior Center.
The center, which was constructed in 1997, is in need of upgrades. The release stated improvements will include new HVAC units, correcting plumbing issues, new flooring and ceiling tiles, installing energy-efficient lighting and repairing the roof, gutters and downspouts. The main entry door will also be made accessible. In addition, office space will be established for the Pennyrile Allied Community Services, which staffs and operates the center, according to the release. The front porch area will also be enclosed for center activities.
The governor’s office stated the improvements to the facility will ensure that the center will provide essential services to the senior citizens in a cleaner and safer environment. The center will also continue to provide home-delivered meals, which are vital to the well-being of many senior citizens.
- $123,000 in the form of a Land & Water Conservation Fund award will go to the City of Elkton for removing old playground equipment and installing new, safer playground equipment, according to the release. In addition, new metal light poles and LED lights will be installed at a ball field in the park.
- Finally, $400,000 in TAP funding will go to to the City of Elkton for a sidewalk replacement and drainage project on West Main Street. The project involves removing old, deteriorated sidewalk, burying utilities, installing new sidewalk, curbs and gutters. The city also will enlarge a storm sewer culvert to alleviate chronic street flooding.
According to the release, the funding awards come a month after the announcement of the Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative receiving a total of $13,827,320 to expand high-speed internet. Overall, the project cost is $27,906,340, including the required matching funds, and this will expand access to high-speed internet to 5,598 currently unserved households and businesses located in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd and Trigg counties.