Funding will help improve safety, air quality
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 14, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear today announced $142,435 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds for a project in Oldham County to improve safety and air quality.
The funds will be used for the Oldham County Park and Ride project at Apple Patch. In 2010, the project was awarded nearly $1 million in CMAQ funds for construction of the facility on Apple Patch Way, off KY 329 near Exit 14 of Interstate 71. The recently awarded funds will continue this project.
When finished, the facility will house a 126-car lot and include a shelter, bike lockers and walkways. An access road will be built to allow commuter buses to enter and exit the property. A direct bus route from Oldham County to Metro Louisville was implemented in 2005. Nearly two-thirds of Oldham County’s workforce commutes to Metro Louisville daily.
Federally funded CMAQ grants are for innovative transportation projects or programs aimed at reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. Kentucky receives CMAQ funds annually for use in areas striving to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Such areas are designated “nonattainment” or “maintenance” for the standards.