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Mayor Announces New Stimulus Projects Including Bike and Walking Paths

Monday March 16, 2009

A second round of federal stimulus projects will create 1,300 jobs by building new walking paths, sidewalks and bike lanes across Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Seneca LoopThe $14.7 million in projects including extending the walking and biking path through Seneca Park; bike lanes along a portion of Taylorsville Road and $7.4 million worth of new sidewalks in various neighborhoods.

“These projects put people back to work – and they help us create a healthier hometown by encouraging walking and biking,” Abramson said, announcing the projects at California Park, surrounded by children from Wheatley Elementary.

The children joined Abramson on a walk around the California Park path.

The projects are being funded with federal stimulus dollars that were awarded to the Kentuckiana Planning and Development Agency, KIPDA. KIPDA is a federal agency in Louisville that helps the metro region plan for its future transportation and infrastructure needs, among other things.

“This funding will have an immediate and continuing benefit for Louisville’s economy. In the short-term, it will put people back to work and stimulate local business growth. But it will also have a long-term impact, reinvigorating the landscape of our city and building upon Louisville's reputation as a great place to call home," Congressman John Yarmuth said. “These are the types of projects we had in mind when Congress and President Obama created the recovery package, and I’m very pleased that our local leadership is putting the funding to good use.”

The projects are:

  • Building walking trail at A.B Sawyer Park, $616,000. The path would start at Whipps Mills Road in Lyndon and meander to near Hurstbourne Parkway. The path would be known as the A.B. Sawyer Greenway.
  • Seneca Loop extension $988,350. This project, creating 40 jobs, will provide a 3.9 mile trail loop for pedestrians and bicycles in Seneca Park and around Bowman Field.
  • Louisville Loop, $687,500. This project will repair a slope failure on the existing trail adjacent to Shawnee Golf Course and create as many as 35 jobs.
  • Neighborhoods sidewalk construction and repair, $7.4 million. Abramson and his “Louisville At Work” team, in consultation with the Metro Council, will determine where to build and repair sidewalks. The projects could create up to 620 jobs.
  • Resurfacing 70 miles of streets, $5,500,000. The “Louisville At Work” team will help determine which roads get priority paving. This could create as many as 600 jobs.
  • Installation of bicycle lanes along Taylorsville Road from McMahan to Hurstbourne, $88,000 and creating 8 jobs.

Most of these projects will be put out to bid by Metro Government. Contractors and subcontractors interested in bidding should follow normal city bidding procedures. People interested in learning more should visit http:www.louisvilleky.gov and click on “doing business with the city.”

The public can learn about these and all stimulus projects at the city website, http://www.louisvilleky.gov/recovery.

Louisville is expected to get about $200 million in stimulus funding, part of President Obama’s plan to save and create jobs to pull the country out of a recession.

KIPDA also announced other stimulus projects in Louisville that will be overseen by small cities. Those are:

  • Jeffersontown sidewalks $742,500 – City of Jeffersontown
  • PeeWee Valley sidewalks $66,000 – City of Peewee Valley
  • Middletown Main Street development plan, $289,177 – City of Middletown
  • Shelbyville Road/U.S. 60 sidewalks, $627,000 - City of St. Mathews
  • KY 155 Streetscape, Jefferson county $534,600 – City of Jeffersontown
  • Plantside Drive resurfacing, $785,939 – City of Jeffersontown