The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a municipal order authorizing the City to submit to a Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The City is partnering with the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority for the grant and has the support of McCracken County. The City is seeking $15.3 million in BUILD grant funding with a local match of $1.5 million from City undesignated cash reserves. The deadline to apply for the grant is July 15, but the City plans to submit the grant application this Friday.
The proposed project includes the design and construction of the following elements:
The Riverport Container Transfer Yard will allow the Riverport to handle both general and containerized cargo. This will offer regional shippers a cost-effective option to move goods to domestic and international markets while reducing semi-truck traffic on highways.
The Riverboat Excursion Pier and Plaza was identified in the 2007 Riverfront Master Plan as one of many projects to enhance Paducah’s riverfront. The pier will provide a docking point for the riverboats that visit Paducah. Currently, visitors disembark and must climb a steep slope from the Foot of Broadway in order to access the downtown area. The installation will provide a safer and easier transition from boat to land, allow for more secure riverboat dockings, and move the disembarkation point out of the flow of traffic at the Foot of Broadway.
Bike, Pedestrian, and Broadband Linkages will include the development of a multi-use path from 6th Street along Park Ave/3rd Street into downtown to aid in the movement of pedestrian/bike traffic from the Convention Center/Dome to downtown. Key intersection improvements, including curb extensions, wayfinding, bus shelters and crosswalks, will make for an improved pedestrian experience. A broadband installation along the riverfront will allow for emergency call boxes, security cameras, and hardline internet access for the transient boat dock.
The Transient Boat Landing improvements include connecting sidewalks from the floodwall to Greenway Trail, improving traffic control, adding landscaping to prevent erosion and providing shade, wayfinding, and amenities for users of the transient boat dock.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 appropriated $900 million to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation for National Infrastructure Investments otherwise known as the BUILD grant program. Applicants can apply for up to $25 million for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.