Franklin County

Frankfort to make improvements for pedestrians, bikers

The city of Frankfort will receive assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make street improvements for pedestrians and to add bike lanes between the historic downtown and the state Capitol.

The assistance announced Wednesday will come through EPA's Greening America's Capitals program. Frankfort was one of five cities selected through a national competition.

Gary Muller, Frankfort's director of planning, said grant administrators would select a consultant to do the scope of the work. That consultant then will hold public meetings next year.

One of the ideas to be discussed is the possible redesign of Second and Bridge streets near city hall and to make it more pedestrian-friendly, Muller said. "We had community meetings, and everybody commented about that intersection," Muller said.

The assistance also will include extending a multipurpose trail that now runs from Buffalo Trace Distillery to Ward Oates Amphitheatre along the Kentucky River.

The other cities selected were Des Moines, Iowa; Baton Rouge, La.; Helena, Mont.; and Indianapolis.