ARRA Funds Stimulate Greenway Project

Published July 24, 2009
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, city leaders of New Albany, Clarksville and Jeffersonville, Ind., and the Ohio River Greenway Commission celebrated a project milestone with the official ribbon cutting of the New Albany Scribner Place segment of the Ohio River Greenway. Col. Keith Landry gave remarks during the ceremony on May 29, and he thanked civil works project manager Matt Schueler for his team’s progress on the project which is now 30 percent complete.

With the recent infusion of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act dollars, the Greenway project will be able to hurdle the 50 percent completion mark within several years as long as the communities can contribute financially. Each community must match federal funds to move forward on each phase of construction.

The Greenway project provides scenic and unique river access for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles along the riverfront of the three communities.

“The project contributes so much to the area economy,” Landry said. “It is not only beautiful for recreation, but it contributes to the local establishments along the river, and our levee right there provides a level of protection which ties it all together.”

“We are thrilled to have this much completed for the citizens,” said Pat Leist-Stumler, treasurer and charter member.