Second St. project awaits approval

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

For more than a year, the city has been awaiting state approval for a project to improve the area of West Second Street in Maysville.

That wait could be over soon, Maysville Projects Coordinator David Hord said Wednesday.

Using nearly $800,000 in federal Transportation Alternative Program grant money, along with in-kind contributions, the city will improve sidewalks along West Second Street from Wall Street to Germantown Road, Maysville City Manager Matt Wallingford said previously. Improvements to parking will also be made from Rosemary Clooney Street to Wall Street, he said. The grant is an 80 percent-20 percent local match and Wallingford said the city hopes to meet most of the grant requirement through in-kind labor.

Streetscaping and signage are also planned for the area, Hord said, along with some exterior improvements at the Maysville Depot.

The project has been in the planning stage for several years and Wallingford said he is anxious to see it get started.

“It’s going to be a spark plug for that section of town,” he said.

The city submitted the project for approval to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet last spring. That approval must be received before the project can begin, Wallingford said.

City officials met with project engineers and KTC officials early last summer and expected to receive approval but did not.

CSX recently completed inside improvements at the depot, Wallingford said. The building is now closed to the public for safety reasons, he said.

There has been some discussion in the past on who would operate the facility once it was completed, officials said, but Wallingford said CSX officials have not contacted the city in recent months to work out any kind of arrangement or to explore other options.

Hord said he has indications from state Transportation Cabinet officials that approval could come soon and that the project could be ready to let out for bids by the end of June. If that happens, he said work could be complete by October or November.

How much of the funding is used on the Second Street end of the project will determine how much is left to use on the depot, Wallingford and Hord said.

Amtrak said it planned to spend almost a half million dollars on renovations to the building including ADA-compliant parking spaces with painted striping, signage, bollards, etc., replacement of the walkway serving the second track; new station-based manual lift enclosure; ADA-compliant entrances to building and new ADA-compliant restroom.

Mary Ann Kearns

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