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More Stimulus Funds Coming To Louisville

Louisville Metro Government has announced a second round of federal stimulus funding for the city.Mayor Jerry Abramson says the latest infusion of cash will be used for transportation and recreation projects (see list below)."We'll be putting them out for bids, it takes 30 days, you have to leave them out for bids. We'll select the lowest and best bid and at that point the private sector takes over," Abramson said.Abramson says the projects will create about 1,300 new, temporary jobs.The projects are:· Building walking trail at A.B Sawyer Park, $616,000. The path would start at Whipps Mills Road in Lyndon and meander to near Hurstbourne Parkway. The path would be known as the A.B. Sawyer Greenway.· Seneca Loop extension $988,350. This project, creating 40 jobs, will provide a 3.9 mile trail loop for pedestrians and bicycles in Seneca Park and around Bowman Field.· Louisville Loop, $687,500. This project will repair a slope failure on the existing trail adjacent to Shawnee Golf Course and create as many as 35 jobs.· Neighborhoods sidewalk construction and repair, $7.4 million. Abramson and his “Louisville At Work” team, in consultation with the Metro Council, will determine where to build and repair sidewalks. The projects could create up to 620 jobs.· Resurfacing 70 miles of streets, $5,500,000. The “Louisville At Work” team will help determine which roads get priority paving. This could create as many as 600 jobs.· Installation of bicycle lanes along Taylorsville Road from McMahan to Hurstbourne, $88,000 and creating 8 jobs.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.