02/01/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/01/2023 08:55
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Department of Transportation will award $21,416,800 to Louisville-Jefferson County Metropolitan Government to fund safety improvements to roadway corridors in and around the city.
Senator McConnell helped secure this funding by supporting the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which established the Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program that funds today's award. He also wrote directly to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to advocate for Louisville's grant application.
Senator McConnell led the IIJA to Senate passage two years ago and the President signed the bill into law. That legislation will give Kentucky billions of dollars over five years to improve the Commonwealth's roads, bridges, railroads, riverports, airports, broadband, and more.
Today's grant will allow Louisville to launch road safety projects in ten different transportation corridors, using low-cost, high-impact strategies to reconfigure roads for improved safety. This will help the city achieve its transportation safety goals and reduce the danger of roadway fatalities.
"Kentucky has seen a rise in roadway fatalities over the past couple of years, creating a worrying trend. I'm proud to announce that today's grant will help our largest city and my hometown deploy commonsense, low-impact safety improvements to reverse that trajectory," said Senator McConnell. "The bipartisan infrastructure law I supported promises to help cities around the country reduce traffic deaths and I'm glad it's already deploying resources to Louisville to help our community."
"This is a game changer for Louisville. It will no doubt save lives and prevent serious injuries and that's one of the best investments we can ever make," said Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg. "Public safety takes different forms and with this funding families will be able to drive, bike and walk more securely in neighborhoods across Louisville."