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Clark County

April 27, 2013

10th Street plans presented in Jeffersonville

City’s goal is to start construction in spring 2016

JEFFERSONVILLE — City officials presented plans to widen and improve 10th Street to residents and business owners this week.

The plan is to widen 10th Street to two lanes in each direction, with a center turn lane, including sidewalks the length of the road widening from Penn Street and Dutch Lane, to Reeds Lane. A long-planned project, city leaders are hoping to get the road improvements under way before the Ohio River Bridges Project is set to be completed.

“The impact of this project is going to be so huge for the city of Jeffersonville,” said Mayor Mike Moore at Wednesday’s meeting. “We already know we’re drawing all kinds of commerce and new business to River Ridge; 10th street is where the people who work ... at River Ridge are going to be utilizing to get back-and-forth. We’ve got a lot of storefronts and shops along 10th Street that have built the city of Jeffersonville. I’m proud to say we’re giving back to those mom-and-pop shops.”

The city has funding to pay for the widening of 10th Street up through property acquisition and utility relocation in 2015. However, a dispute on committing the construction dollars for the project exists between Moore and the Jeffersonville City Council.

Moore said the city has received money from the federal government to pay for 80 percent of the project through the design and acquisition phase.

The project is slated to receive $5.5 million in federal funding through Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency — KIPDA. The remainder of the funding, $12.6 million, has been requested to be paid out of the city’s Inner City Road tax increment financing funds.

The city council has verbally committed to completing the project, but members have said they would like to seek additional federal money before construction begins in 2016.

“I think that we are willing to go the three years,” said City Council President Connie Sellers in committing funding. “We don’t want to use TIF dollars if we can use other funding mechanisms.”

“It’s being supported, it's going to happen,” Sellers said of the project.

But Moore said he wanted a stronger commitment.

“To me, that’s falling one step short,” he said of the council’s offer. “I understand their want to have all the matching dollars, I want that too. It’s not like there’s going to be more money available in 2016.

“You have a plan in writing to see this through. They have not signed, in writing, this commitment. You can’t just talk about it in a meeting and say we’ll address it when we get there. They need to take a vote.”

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