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Stimulus funds are headed to Oldham County

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By John Foster

More than $1 million worth of economic stimulus money is headed to Oldham County for sidewalks and guardrails. At the last fiscal court meeting, Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner said he had problems with President Obama’s stimulus package, but OC is lining up at the feed trough like everyone else.

Oldham County government received grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the following: • A pedestrian bridge over Interstate 71 along Ky. 146 — $797,139; • Sidewalks between Ky. 329 and Ky. 329 bypass in Crestwood — $75,000; and  • Sidewalks along Ky. 1793 and in Peggy Baker Park — $75,000. Murner said money from the stimulus package also freed up money in the state budget, allowing for more than $31 million of road projects in Oldham County. In the next two years, the state Department of Transportation plans to: • Widen and reconstruct Ky. 393 from Interstate 71 to north of Ky. 146 — $9.31 million; • Improve and fix pavement on Interstate 71 — $6 million; • Widen Ky. 22 to five lanes from Ky. 329 Bypass to new Ky. 393 and three lanes between Ky. 329 and Ky. 329 Bypass as    well as between old Ky. 393 and new Ky. 393 — $5.02 million;  • Construct a rail underpass west of La Grange — $3.22 million; • Reconstruct U.S. 42 from the Jefferson County line to Ridgemoor Drive — $2.98 million; • Construct an interstate overpass from Commerce Parkway to Oldham Reserve — $2.09 million; • Construct a bike and pedestrian path from La Grange to the Jefferson County line — $1.27 million; • Improve flow of traffic on Ky. 53 from downtown La Grange to Interstate 71 — $1.12 million; • Fix a rock fall hazard on Ky. 1793 — $790,000; and  • Repair a landslide on Ky. 524 — $190,000. For more details, see next week’s edition of The Oldham Era.   E-mail us about this story at: jfoster@oldhamera.com