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Mount Washington to get funds for sidewalk project

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" Pedestrians traversing downtown Mount Washington’s sidewalks might quickly notice the broken and disconnected walkways that serve the city.

Sidewalks are expensive to install and must be maintained regularly. But Mayor Joetta Calhoun shared some good news recently that the city has received $198,000 via the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency to install new sidewalks on Old Bardstown Road from Highway 44 to Snapp Street.

The $198,000 is ultimately federal stimulus funds that have been allocated for urban transportation, including pedestrian walkways and bike paths.

Calhoun said the city chose Old Bardstown Road as the location of the project because local government at citizens are already working to revitalize that area.

An application has been filed for the area to become classified as a Kentucky Heritage Council’s Kentucky Main Street.

The Kentucky Main Street program is a historical preservation program that provides grant funding to improve and preserve buildings, walkways and revitalize downtown areas.

Calhoun said she is very excited about getting better sidewalks so pedestrians can enjoy shopping and walking in that part of town.

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

The project was promoted to KIPDA by Calhoun, Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts and through the county’s Walkable Communities initiative.

Calhoun shared the good news with the city council at its Sept. 14 meeting. She said after meeting with City Engineer Dave Derrick the city hopes to bid out the sidewalk project, which she hoped could extend past Snapp Street.

“I suspect it will be well over what we need,” she told the council.

Work cannot start on the sidewalks until the city is finished making storm water drainage improvements, which are currently being completed.

Other projects planned for that area include the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s repaving of Old Bardstown Road from Highway 44 to the Highway 31 E bypass.