Funds to be used for a new trail and paving projects for city, county roads
OWENSBORO, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2012) – Gov. Steve Beshear joined state and local officials today to announce more than $550,000 in state funds for Owensboro and Daviess County for projects that will increase the quality of life for local residents and those traveling in Daviess County.
“Creating and sustaining a healthy quality of life for all residents is a unique and fulfilling role for the commonwealth,” Beshear said. “The Adkisson Greenbelt Trail is a great example of how we can help accomplish this goal.”
The city of Owensboro received $265,410 in Transportation Enhancement funds for the Adkisson Greenbelt Trail. The pathway will begin at Meadow Lands Elementary School and extend 3,000 feet north to the Owensboro Medical Health System (OMHS) Campus on Daniels Lane. OMHS is constructing a new campus that will include trails around the perimeter.
“This new addition to the Adkisson Greenbelt Trail will give our community another path to enjoy walking, hiking, and biking for a healthier lifestyle,” said Sen. Joe Bowen of Owensboro.
The Adkisson Greenbelt Trail will connect OMHS to an existing trail around the elementary school property.
Funding for various resurfacing projects
Beshear presented more than $300,000 to local officials for various resurfacing projects of city streets and county roads.
The following entities received funding:
— City of Owensboro – $225,000
— Daviess County Fiscal Court – $78,625
“Maintaining safe, reliable roadways is a top priority of my administration,” Beshear said. “These important projects help create safer, smoother routes for all travelers.”
The funding for Daviess County roads is in addition to “flex” funds the county will use for more paving of county roads. Under Beshear’s administration, counties have been given the flexibility to use a significant portion of their rural secondary road funding on county roads rather than state routes. For Daviess County, flex funding totals $339,469 in the current fiscal year.