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Stimulus-Funded Road And Sidewalk Projects To Continue Through October

$8.5 million in federal stimulus funds is being put to use in Louisville repairing streets and sidewalks. And the projects are changing the way local funds are spent.Metro Council members sometimes use their city-provided discretionary funds for sidewalk repairs in their districts. But Councilman David Tandy says the stimulus is paying for many of the most urgent projects, and council dollars can now be spent elsewhere."It helps you maximize those dollars and be able to do more with what you have," he says. "So this is certainly a benefit to us and at the same time, being able to help stimulate our local economy."Tandy says the projects have also made his district more accessible for the disabled."The sidewalks are such to where they can't navigate that section of sidewalk safely without going into the street to be able to do it," he says. "That's where this stimulus money has been able to allow for us to address some of those issues."In addition to repairing sidewalks, crews are also resurfacing many county and state roads in Louisville. In all, about 23 hundred local road and sidewalk projects have been paid for with stimulus dollars. Work on the projects is expected to continue through October