Old Frankfort Pike project to receive $600k in federal funds

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Plans for beautifying a stretch Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington is getting $603,120 in federal funding.

The funding is through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). It will be used to construct a visitor viewing area for Old Frankfort Pike Kentucky Scenic Byway, a recommendation included in the Old Frankfort Pike Corridor Management Plan.

“Enhancing a community’s transportation choices also enhances the quality of life for its citizens,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a release announcing the funding. “We are confident this project will provide positive benefits for residents.”

TAP 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.

“I am pleased to see this project moving forward. It will make it more convenient for visitors to observe the beauty along this scenic byway,” said state Sen. R.J. Palmer, of Winchester. “This new area will be a welcome addition for Kentucky citizens traveling along the Old Frankfort Pike.”

TAP 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.

TAP enables the local government to recoup as much as 80 percent of the cost of a project. The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government will put $150,780 of its local funding toward the cost of the project.

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