Governor Steve Beshear joined state and local officials on Wednesday to announce more than $550,000 in state funds for Owensboro and Daviess County to put towards projects that will increase the quality of life for local residents and those traveling in Daviess County.
"Creating and sustaining a healthy quality of life for all residents is a unique and fulfilling role for the Commonwealth," Gov. Beshear said. "The Adkisson Greenbelt Trail is a great example of how we can help accomplish this goal."
The city of Owensboro received $265,410 in Transportation Enhancement funds for the Adkisson Greenbelt Trail. The pathway will begin at Meadow Lands Elementary School and extend 3,000 feet north to the Owensboro Medical Health System Campus on Daniels Lane. OMHS is constructing a new campus that will include trails around the perimeter.
"This new addition to the Adkisson Greenbelt Trail will give our community another path to enjoy walking, hiking, and biking for a healthier lifestyle," said Sen. Joe Bowen, of Owensboro.
The Adkisson Greenbelt Trail will connect OMHS to an existing trail around the elementary school property.
Gov. Beshear also presented funding for various resurfacing projects in the county.
He presented more than $300,000 to local officials for various resurfacing projects of city streets and county roads.
The following entities received funding:
- City of Owensboro $225,000
- Daviess County Fiscal Court $78,625
"Maintaining safe, reliable roadways is a top priority of my administration," Gov. Beshear said. "These important projects help create safer, smoother routes for all travelers."
"These projects will really be beneficial for those living in Owensboro and out in the county and will help us strengthen our economic development opportunities," said Rep. Jim Glenn, of Owensboro. "It means a lot to have Governor Beshear travel here to announce these projects."
The funding for Daviess County roads is in addition to "flex" funds the county will use for more paving of county roads. Under Gov. Beshear, counties have been given the flexibility to use a significant portion of their rural secondary road funding on county roads rather than state routes. For Daviess County, flex funding totals $339,469 in the current fiscal year.
"Road construction and maintenance is one of the most important issues in a community and funding for these projects is always welcomed news," said Sen. Bowen.