2,317 parts of Louisville to be spruced up

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Crews continue to kick up some dust all around the Louisville area.  Federal stimulus dollars are paving the way for better sidewalks in hundreds of different locations.

Just about every corner of the city is represented in the 2,317 different project sites.

For the most part, it is sidewalk improvements or replacement, along with asphalt work or other improvements that need to be made.

More than $8.5 million worth of stimulus money is making the entire project possible.

"It's a good day when we can talk about projects that are not just putting people back to work but are also creating a lasting legacy for our community and in this particular instance we're talking about very important infrastructure," said Congressman John Yarmuth.

"None of that as I said in my budget address last year would have been available to us based on the funding or lack of funding we've had in our revenue stream had it not been for the stimulus package," said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.

"For some folks, it's not the most sexy thing in the world to invest in, but it's one of those things that you have to do, it's like when you own a home and you have to invest in your roof," 4th District Councilman David Tandy.

The project also gives a boost to the local economy, by creating a lot of jobs in the community.

Officials say that with communities across the country getting stimulus dollars for similar projects, there shouldn't be a shortage of supplies, however, water meter covers are in short supply.

The project actually started in mid-May, and will continue through mid-October. 

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