Governor Announces Federal Funding for Campus Sidewalk Project

Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced $557,945 in federal funding for a project at Eastern Kentucky University to expand transportation choices to citizens in that community.

The funding is through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Monies will be used for the Kit Carson Drive to Hall Drive sidewalk connector project.

The project will construct a new sidewalk along the east side of Lancaster Road, allowing students to walk rather than drive to campus. This new section of sidewalk will also allow for safe travel and easier access to multiple retail and essential service providers for Richmond city residents and EKU students.

“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.”

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.

“As both EKU and our community as a whole continue to grow, it is critical that we make every effort to provide students and citizens with alternatives to driving,” said state Sen. Jared Carpenter, of Berea. “This project will benefit EKU students and nearby residents by decreasing traffic and providing safe sidewalks for travel. I look forward to watching this project become a reality.”

“I’m confident this grant and the improvements it will bring about are going to help students at EKU, as well as members of the local community, stay safe and provide some great new healthier transportation options,” said state Rep. Rita Smart, of Richmond. “More students walking to campus mean less congestion on our local roads – something that can only improve our community. I want to thank Gov. Beshear for helping make this happen.”

“This project is an important part of our ongoing efforts to create a more pedestrian-friendly campus and enhance public safety,” said EKU President Dr. Michael Benson. “I appreciate the support of our local legislators and of Gov. Beshear as we continue to work together to give our students the best possible experience, one that benefits both their own health and the environment.”

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. EKU will put $139,486 of its local funding toward the cost of the sidewalk connector project.

Published on July 03, 2014

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