Governor Beshear announces ´Transportation Alternatives Program' funding for Glasgow
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Program allows cities to expand transportation choices for citizens
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2014) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced $776,815 in federal funding for a project in Glasgow in Barren County to expand transportation choices to citizens in that community.
The funding, through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), will be used for the Glasgow shared-use path and residential sidewalk in the Carnation Drive neighborhood.
“Enhancing a community’s transportation choices also enhances the quality of life for its citizens,” Gov. Beshear said. “We are confident this project will provide positive benefits for residents.”
Sidewalks will connect the Carnation Drive neighborhood to East Main Street, which has sidewalks. Once connected to East Main Street, residents of the Carnation Drive neighborhood will be able to walk or bike to access municipal buildings, grocery stores, state sufficiency offices, parks, health clinics and several businesses of Glasgow that provide essential goods and services. In addition, a pedestrian bridge is proposed to link the neighborhood to the South Fork Creek Path. The bridge would span the South Fork Creek and provide the neighborhood with a direct connection to the west previously unobtainable due to the wide span of the creek.
TAP is a federally funded reimbursement program administered by the Office of Local Programs in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.
“Providing access to improved pathways and sidewalks encourages our citizens to choose a healthy and active lifestyle,” said state Sen. David Givens, of Greensburg. “I look forwarding to seeing this project become a reality in Glasgow.”
“This project will really help those living on Carnation Drive or an adjacent street, so I want to thank Gov. Beshear, the Transportation Cabinet and our local officials for working together to make this possible,” said state Rep. Johnny Bell, of Glasgow. “This will make it safer for those walking or biking, and it should ease traffic congestion as well.”
TAP assists communities in funding transportation improvements such as safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities, scenic routes, beautification and other investments. Projects may be a mix of elements and accessible to the general public or targeted to a broad segment of the general public.
TAP enables the local government to recoup as much as 80 percent of the cost of a project. The city of Glasgow will put $194,204 of its local funding toward the cost of the project.
TAP projects support Gov. Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow
in February as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidents and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.