Boone County Receives Grants for Road and Sidewalk Projects

Boone County has been awarded federal grants for road, sidewalk and public transportation projects. Governor Matt Bevin approved the awards which are part of the Tranportation Alternatives Program and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program.

As a result of the awards, the intersection from Limaburg Road to KY 18 will be widened to allow for additional vehicles to flow through the intersection from Limaburg south the KY 18. A multimodal path will be constructed along KY 18 connecting the sidwalk system from Burlington all the way to Aero Parkway. The Transportation Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) was awarded a grant to pilot a program bringing public transportation to the County Seat in Burlington.

" I am very excited about the projects funded in Boone County," commented Judge/Executive Gary Moore. "They will help alleviate congestion, complete pedestrian connections and provide public transportation along the very busy KY 18 corridor. I thank Governor Bevin for giving strong consideration to our grant applications and for investing in Boone County."

This year, TAP funding for 34 projects was awarded to 28 counties while 10 CMAQ projects in various municipalities were selected. TAP assists communities in funding transportation improvements, such as safe bicycle and pedestrian pathways and/or facilities, safe routes to schools, scenic turnouts and overlooks and other investments. Funding for TAP is authorized as a set-aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding program under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which authorizes federal transportation funding from Fiscal Year 2016-2020.

CMAQ is a transportation improvement program focused on funding innovative transportation projects or programs that will reduce congestion and improve air quality. Kentucky receives CMAQ funds each year which can only be spent in areas designated as non-attainment or maintenance for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.