City of Murray gets $500K to help fund sidewalk project
MURRAY, Ky. (KBSI) – The city of Murray received a ceremonial check of $500,000 presented by Gov. Andy Beshear from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to go help fund a sidewalk project along 16th Street in Murray.
The money will go toward the design, right of way and relocation of utilities for the project. The funding comes from the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which the KYTC administers.
The plan is to install a sidewalk that is six feet wide with built-in storm drainage. The project begins near the intersection of Coach Estates Drive and KY Route 1550 (Wiswell Road), then tracks along KY 822 (16th Street) to KY 821 (Sycamore Street), where it connects with existing sidewalks.
Mayor Bob Rogers said that south 16th Street has a lot of pedestrians and the grant will make the street much safer.
Total cost of the project is estimated at $2.75 million. $1.84 million of that is for construction. The City of Murray is investing $550,442, as the required local match.
The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federally funded reimbursement program administered through KYTC’s Office of Local Programs. Funding supports non-motorized forms of transportation to improve connectivity, accessibility, safety and equity in communities. Transportation projects commonly include bicycle and pedestrian pathways, ADA compliance, Safe Routes to School and wildlife mitigation. The program covers 80% of the project cost.