Great News - The construction of Pride Parkway is now complete and the orange barrels have finally for the most part disappeared. The next step is for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to begin the punch list process with the contractors involved in the construction project. The purpose of the punch list will be to itemize issues that are not compliant with the scope of the construction contract and thus in need of remediation. The City of Taylor Mill has been invited to participate in this process and our staff along with our City Engineer will be working with the State to identify areas of concern.
Currently, the State is evaluating our continued requests for the installation of traffic signals along the new corridor in various locations. As part of the process we have been in contact with Senator Thayer who is supporting our efforts. Once the local branch of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completes their ongoing traffic studies the information will be evaluated in Frankfort. The final decision on the installation of all traffic signals comes from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, located in Frankfort, KY. As soon as more information becomes available we will update you. As always please drive safely and be aware of your surroundings including other motor vehicles and all pedestrians.
One of the many reasons the construction of Pride Parkway was a long term benefit to our community is the construction of sidewalks along the new corridor. We have seen lots of people out enjoying them already and we are anxious to add to the existing sidewalk project along existing Taylor Mill Road.
As you may know, several years ago we began work on a sidewalk project near Pride Park on Taylor Mill Road going Northbound. It was the vision of the Taylor Mill City Commission and Staff to start this sidewalk project in a northerly direction in order to some day link residents to not only Pride Park but City Hall and our local businesses. Additionally, we knew the reconstruction of the south end of Taylor Mill Road would include sidewalks that would tie Pride Parkway to Pride Park.
As an Executive Member of the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments I petitioned and received a Safe Route to Schools Grant for sidewalks. The 240K allocation we will receive is a combination of State and Federal monies. The funding which was awarded to us in 2013 is not available until construction year 2016. In the meantime, design work and all the necessary studies and reports are being completed and filed by our staff. Once completed we will begin the task of right of way acquisition and then finally construction. The new phase of the project will pick up where the City left off near Wolf Road and continue North as far the grant monies allocated will allow for. It is important to note that the City Commission and Staff are constantly looking for and applying for available grant monies. The sidewalk project is just one successful example of our efforts.
On behalf of myself, the other members of the Taylor Mill City Commission, our Staff, and all of our many volunteers who assist and support our agency we are happy to serve the Citizens of Taylor Mill. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us for further information or assistance when needed. Thank you!
Daniel L. Bell, Mayor
City of Taylor Mill