Additional funds to allow MW sidewalk project to go forward

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By Alex Wimsatt

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A long awaited sidewalk project may soon get underway in Mount Washington. 

Three years after the city received a grant to replace the sidewalks along Old Bardstown Road in downtown Mount Washington, mayor Joetta Calhoun recently shared that she received a contract authorizing additional grant funds to get the project moving. 

Last year, the city council unanimously approved a resolution to accept a $178,200 grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to install new sidewalks from Highway 44 to Snapp Street.

The total Federal Highway Administration grant was $198,000, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet shaved $19,800 off the top for direct cost related to design, project oversight and management activities. 

After cutting through months of red tape, the project was put out for bid.

The city received not one bid. 

Weeks later, the mayor spoke with representatives of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency about getting additional funding for the project.

With an additional $96,000 in place, the city has $274,200 set aside for the project. City clerk Dawn Fick said the next step is to bid the project out all over again.

Fick said it's uncertain when the city will advertise for bids.

Currently many of the existing sidewalks in that area are cracked, non-existent or narrow and difficult to access.

Once the project is complete there will be new sidewalk made of brick and concrete on both sides of Old Bardstown Road.