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Kentucky Agency Distributes $24.9M for Congestion Mitigation, Transportation Alternatives

Parul Dubey on June 20, 2017 - in Financial, News

Gov. Matt Bevin approved $24.9 million in local awards from two federal programs administered through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – one for congestion mitigation and air quality projects and the other for projects that provide transportation alternatives to traditional on-road motor vehicle travel.

“These funds allow investments to be made in local infrastructure that increases connectivity and serves diverse populations, such as the non-driving and disabled communities,” Bevin said.

This year, the KYTC awarded $11.9 million in CMAQ funds to 10 projects in various cities, and disbursed transportation alternative or TAP funding to 34 new projects in 28 counties. In addition, it said four ongoing TAP projects received additional funding.

The projects in this year’s award cycle ranged from new sidewalks and walk/bike paths to purchases of new hybrid electric diesel buses that will replace traditional diesel buses.

“These funds support many Cabinet priorities such as improved safety, increased access and more efficient modes of transportation,” said KYTC Secretary Greg Thomas. “We’re pleased so many counties across the state will be able to make needed improvements to enhance the quality of life for Kentuckians.”

Both the TAP and CMAQ funding is out of the Highway Trust Fund, and authorized under the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Both programs cover up to 80 percent of a project’s cost with local sponsors providing the rest.

A full list of the awards by county is available here.

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