Almost $12 million dollars was approved on Friday by the Transportation Cabinet for 44 transportation-related projects in Kentucky that will be funded through the federal government's Transportation Enhancement program.
The city of Franklin will see part of that money.
"The total grant was about $252,000. $200,000 will roughly come from the stae, $50,000 of that may be from local government, the city of Franklin, and maybe some from Renaissance as well", says Kevin Breeding, the Director of Economic Development for Franklin's Renaissance project.
A $200,000 dollar grant has been awarded for Phase Two of the Franklin-Simpson Renaissance Streetscape Project for the city's downtown area.
Those involved with the project say this is a big step for the community.
Recently Phase One of the Renaissance Streetscape Project was completed in Franklin's downtown area.
"It was basically to replace the aging concrete sidewalk with brick. We also did some landscaping, some planting trees and those types of things, but primarily it's the brick sidewalks. This project is going to be similar to the last one in it's going to be mostly brick sidewalks replacing concrete ones. It's going to be a continuation of that around the square", says Breeding.
This phase also includes creating brick crosswalks in the places where crosswalk traffic is the greatest which could help slow down motorists around the square.
"Not only does it look good but it designates that these are walking paths and make it safer for folks", says Breeding.
Sonny Monroe is the Director of the Renaissance Streetscape Project and says that this project will not only update the look of Franklin's downtown square but it should also help bring in more people to the area. They are already bringing in more restaurants downtown and plan to build some apartments as well.
"It takes that combination to get people back in town at night. Once 5:00 gets here people dissapear from the downtown area. We're trying to put them back on the streets", says Monroe.
Breeding says he thinks the Renaissance Project is helping to do just that.
"All of those things working together have created a downtown that it's an important part of the community and we're proud of it", says Breeding.
The following is a complete list of the all the transportation-related projects for Kentucky that were approved.
TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS
(courtesy: Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office)
Burlington Pedestrian Improvements - Phase II
Burlington Pedestrian Improvements Phase II - 4,347 ft. of new sidewalk & replacement of 2,850 ft of existing sidewalks, lighting & crosswalk improvements in and around the Burlington National Register Historic District
Walton Gaines Tavern History Center Restoration
Walton Gaines Tavern Historic Transportation Museum- acquisition of the Abner Gaines House property & minor restoration repairs (stagecoach stop during the mid 19th Century)
Bourbon County Duncan Tavern Restoration
Bourbon County Duncan Tavern Historic Center Restoration - continued interior & exterior restoration (replace furnace, replace stucco, woodwork repair, reconstruct HVAC duckwork, repair walkways)
Perryville Battlefield Sleettown Land Acquisition
Commerce Cabinet Perryville Battlefield Sleetttown Land Acquisition - the Sleettown Property will become part of the Ky Dept. of Parks-Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Campbell County A.J. Jolly Bike Trail
Campbell County A.J. Jolly Bike Trail - Part of 2002 Master recreation plan, multi-use path linking A.J. Jolly Park, subdivisions and surrounding community, 10ft. Wide asphalt route
Fort Thomas Memorial Parkway Shared-use Path
Fort Thomas Memorial Parkway Shared-Use Path - Located along east side of Memorial Pkwy from Clover Ridge Ave north to corporate city limits, scenic corridor
Bardwell US 51 Sidewalk Project
Bardwell Sidewalk Project - Construct sidewalks along west side of US 51 - 7200 ft
Olive Hill C&O Depot Acquisition
Olive Hill C&O Depot Acquisition - Will serve as a Visitor's Center and trailhead
Grayson Historic Main Street Enhancements
Grayson Historic EnhancementProject - Replace historical plaques in the Main Street District, lighting & landscaping
Hopkinsville Streetscape Sidewalk Project
Hopkinsville Streetscape - replace sidewalks in area
Manchester Downtown Streetscape
Manchester Downtown Streetscape - Town Square area, upgrade existing sidewalks, landscaping and other streetscape activities
Daviess County Frederica Street Enhancement Project
Daviess County Frederica Street Enhancement Project- Conversion of gas station property to a sculpture garden, landscaping, pedestrian facilities, sidewalks, etc.
Owensboro Adkisson Greenbelt Trail - Final Phase
Owensboro Adkisson Greenbelt Trail - Final Phase - Construction of remaining 5 miles (15 total) of the paved trail system that links the community
Lexington Healthway Trail
Lexington Healthway Trail - Construct 10 mile shared use trail around the Lexington Christian Academy and Shilito Park area
Lexington Versailles Road Corridor Enhancements
Lexington Versailles Road Corridor Enhancements - Landscaping for Versailles Road from New Circle Rd. inbound to the Maxwell & High Street Intersection
KY Lincoln Heritage Trail Enhancement Project
KY Lincoln Heritage Trail Enhancement Project
KY Historical Society Historic Markers - Phase II
KY Historical Society Historic Markers - Phase II - provides funding for the purchase of historic markers to be placed throughout the state
Dry Ridge Sidewalk Project
Dry Ridge Sidewalk Project - Intersection KY 467 to Grant Co. High School
Graves County KY 80 & KY 339 Sidewalk Project
Graves County Fancy Farm Sidewalk Project - 15,700 ft. of sidewalk along KY 80 and KY 339 in the vicinity of Fancy Farm Elementary
South Shore Downtown Enhancement Project
South Shore Downtown Enhancement Project - Improve existing sidewalks, lighting and other streetscape activities
Hardin County/Glendale Streetscape Project
Hardin County/Glendale Streetscape Project - Construct sidewalks along W. Railroad Ave. and South Bell Ave., includes street lighting and various other streetscape activities.
Radcliff Commercial Corridor Clean-up
Radcliff Commercial Corridor Clean-up - Removal of 51 non-conforming signs and aldo 29 metal sign poles and 10 wooden sign poles to reshape image of community
Hickman County Obion Creek Environmental Mitigation Project
Hickman County Obion Creek Environmental Mitigation Project - Mitigate the impact of the highway upon the Obion Creek, improving water quality and habitat community
University of Louisville Eastern Parkway Corridor Improvements
University of Louisville Eastern Parkway Corridor Improvements - Long -term improvements to corridor from the intersection of 3rd Street to West of I-65 providing a safer, more pedestrian friendly, campus for students (bike/ped facilities, medians, crosswalks)
Jeffersontown Bike/Ped Stone Bridge Restoration
Jeffersontown Bike/Ped Stone Bridge Restoration - Restore Double Arch Stone Bridge over Chenoweth Run Stream, construction of bike land and sidewalks, landscaping and creation of a bike/ped map
Louisville Preston Corridor Beautification Project
Louisville Preston Improvements Plan - Preston Corridor - artwork for railroad overpass eyesore
Ludlow Streetscape Project - Improvements along Elm Street (sidewalks, landscaping, streetlights and other streetscape activities)
Covington Behringer-Crawford Museum - Transportation Exhibits
Covington Behringer-Crawford Museum - purchase of transportation related exhibits for the museum
Beattyville Streetscape - Phase I - Main Street from KY Route 11 to intersection of Main & Locust (sidewalks, landscaping & other streetscape activities)
Lincoln County Traveler's Rest Preservation
Lincoln County Traveler's Rest Preservation - 416 acre conservation easement for the historic farm settled by Kentucky's 1st and 5th Governor, Isaac Shelby
Richmond US Hwy 25/421Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities Project
Richmond US Hwy 25/421Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities Project - Repair 624 linear ft. of brick sidewalk, conversion of old L&N rail corridor into a 1/2 mile trail
Magoffin County Ramey Park Pedestrian Bridge
Magoffin County Pedestrian Bridge - construct a ped bridge linking downtown area & Ramey Park
Paducah Greenway Trails System
Paducah Greenway Trails System - Construct 11,636 ft. of trail along the Ohio River Earthen Floodwall
Mt. Sterling C&O Train Depot Restoration
Mt. Sterling C&O Train Depot Restoration - Stabilize structure, new plumbing & wiring, ADA access, depot will serve as a welcome center (student FBLA club project) Will serve as a trailhead for "Rails to Trails"
New Haven KY Railway Museum Preservation Project
New Haven KY Railway Museum Preservation Project - Construct a train shelter at the museum over the tracks, preserve historic railroad equipment (engines, coaches, cars)
Carlisle Neal Building Restoration - Final Phase
Carlisle Neal Building Restoration - Final Phase - HVAC, lighting, elevator, restrooms
Beaver Dam Downtown Enhancement Project
Beaver Dam Downtown Enhancement Project - US62/US231 (N. Main Street), includes 7 blocks (sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and street furniture)
Mount Vernon Downtown Sidewalk Replacement
Mount Vernon Sidewalk Project-Downtown sidewalk replacement along both sides of US25
Franklin Downtown Streetscape - Phase II
Franklin Downtown Streetscape - Phase II - New sidewalks, lighting and continuation of streetscape improvements
Campbellsville Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities
Campbellsville Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities - Various sidewalks throughout the city, Connect residential areas and schools
Elkton Streetscape Project - Phase I completed, downtown area, includes sidewalks, street lighting, and street furniture
Bowling Green Community Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities
Bowling Green Community Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities - Shared use paths connecting 8 schools, rec. facilities, neighborhoods and other community businesses and facilities
Wolfe County Downtown Enhancements
Wolfe County Downtown Enhancement Project - KY 15 sidewalks linking community to downtown area