Kentucky Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert was in Whitesburg last week to hand out checks totaling $1.3 million to help fund several transportation projects for Letcher County.
Nighbert presented checks to the Letcher County Fiscal Court and the cities of Jenkins and Whitesburg during a presentation at the Pine Mountain Grill on July 27.
The City of Jenkins received $600,000 to help build a 3,352 square-foot welcome center which will serve as the only welcome center in southeastern Kentucky and on US 23, between Pike County, Ohio and the Tennessee North Carolina state line.
“All of this money will help Jenkins to progress,” said Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon.
The City of Whitesburg received a check for $175,600 for a pedestrian bridge which will connect the paid parking behind the courthouse to the free parking lot located next to the Veterans Memorial Park.
The bridge, which will be moved from Whitco, will span the North Fork of the Kentucky River and will provide easier access to local businesses, the library, the courthouse and the health department.
Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft said the bridge is part of a larger pedestrian project which will connect to the current path located at the old Whitesburg High School football field.
The City of Jenkins received $15,000 in Safe Routes to Schools funding to construct and extend sidewalks as well as install crosswalks and school crossing signs along Lakeside Drive. The sidewalk will lead to the Jenkins Middle High School and to the football field, playground and Elkhorn Lake.
Road bond funds were awarded to the Letcher County Fiscal Court in the amount of $450,000. The City of Jenkins received $100,000 in road bond funds and the City of Whitesburg received $75,000 to resurface various roads.