Frankfort secures $8M federal grant for Second Street improvements

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Frankfort now has millions of dollars in federal grant money to fund major road infrastructure improvements.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the City of Frankfort was awarded a $7.99 million grant to fund the improvements along its Second Street corridor, which is part of U.S. 60.

"I heard from a number of constituents that this project will provide much-needed transportation improvements for residents in this South Frankfort neighborhood," Sen. McConnell said, "Local officials also informed me that these improvements will enhance safety for children who attend a local elementary school and cross the Second Street Corridor each morning.”

The Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce says the grant will help fund improved pedestrian and bicycle access with wider sidewalks, shorter crosswalks and bike lanes. It will also improve traffic by eliminating underused travel lanes, making it easier for motorists to turn. The grant will also improve stormwater drainage and improve the connection between the state capitol and downtown.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program.

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