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Transportation museum to be constructed in Washington County

Courtesy of $800,000 in federal funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today joined state and local legislators to announce $800,000 in federal funding to construct the Mike Haydon Transportation Museum in Springfield. Funding is through the federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) program.

The museum, which will be located on Police Drive, will highlight and educate the public about the history of transportation in the region and Springfield’s contributions to that history.

Mike Haydon
Mike Haydon

The museum will feature the varying modes of transportation, including railroad expansion, and illustrate their significance in the economic growth and development of the region.

The museum will be named after Mike Haydon, who served as mayor of Springfield as well as property valuation administrator for Washington County. He also served at the state level and was chief of staff for Beshear at the time of his death in 2012.

TE 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.

The program 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.

TE funding enables the local government to recoup as much as 80 percent of the cost of a project. The city of Springfield will put $200,000 of its local funding toward the cost of the transportation museum.