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County to spend more than $7 million on sidewalk projects

February 9, 2010

Jefferson County, Kentucky will spend more than $7 million in federal stimulus money on 2,500 sidewalk projects in 2010. That’s more than 70 times their normal allocation. About 60 percent will be spent inside the old city limits of Louisville. Many of the projects are relatively small, under 70 feet long.  “Starting next spring, people will see sidewalk construction and repair occurring in every part of the city,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “And it will make a real difference in the lives of every citizen,” improving safety, aiding mobility and upgrading the environment.

All of the work should be completed by the end of 2010, said Ted Pullen, director of the Metro Public Works and Assets Department. City officials said the projects will provide work for about 250 people.

The projects will be divided into a number of bidding packets, ensuring work for a number of local contractors.

Projects were selected with citizen input, which was solicited earlier in 2009. Response from a number of neighborhoods was overwhelmingly positive.

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