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The City of Morgantown applied for a TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program) Grant for $80,000 in 2017, for street lighting along Main St from Butler County High School to Bell St in Morgantown. Additionally, the grant would be utilized to construct a sidewalk between Main St and S Tyler St (shown below). The grant was approved in 2019. Since then, the process of creating and finalizing engineering plans and lighting plans by ACES Engineering in Bowling Green, KY and WRECC have been moving forward. This week, the City was informed that the plans were finalized. After review by City staff, the plans are now being sent to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for final review and approval. Once these plans are approved at the state level, the City will be able to bid this project and move forward with construction. A public hearing may be necessary for community input of the plans which will be scheduled at a later date.

Charles Black City Park will officially close on July 25th, the City Pool will also be closing on July 31st.

The greatly anticipated Charles Black City Park Renovation Project begins this Sunday, July 25th. The Park will officially close on Sunday until the completion of the project estimated to be Spring 2022.

The Park project will add restrooms, concession stands, all new tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields, parking, lighting, walking trails, and a new playground area. The project, an estimated 3.8 million dollars, will completely change the layout and feel of the current park and modernize all facilities.

“This is a long time coming, our citizens have been waiting for this project for years and we’re exciting to get started.” says Mayor Billy Phelps.

Work has already started removing all fencing in the park (photos). The next phase in the construction will consist of grading work by Scotty’s Contracting in the coming weeks. Check back for future updates.

No entry will be permitted during the construction phase, any illegal trespassing will be criminally charged by the City Police.


The City of Morgantown has completed Phase 1 of the Gateways plan which consisted of a new entrance sign at the intersection of South Main St and the I-165 northbound exit ramp. This new signage will include seasonal plantings in the front with long-term plantings on the sides and back. The new sign and landscaping were included in the 2020-21 budget cycle. City gateways have been a focus of the previous and current budget, with revamped signage, way-finding signage, landscaping and streetscape grants included in the funding package.

“The City of Morgantown understands that to be attractive to new residents and visitors, we must make a good first impression” says Mayor Billy Phelps.

The signage was constructed by Signature Signs of Bowling Green, Ky and the landscaping was completed by Thomas Edmonds Landscaping of Morgantown. In Phase 2 of the Gateways plan, the previous entrance signage will be transferred to a Trail Town certification sign.

There’s nothing better than driving on new pavement, right?

Industries along South Industrial Drive saw new pavement installed yesterday. The new paving is part of the City of Morgantown’s 10 year street improvement plan which will repave all city streets in that 10 year period. Currently on year 4, the City is ahead of schedule. This year, the City will repave and reconstruct 22 City streets, these streets were graded by the City’s engineer who considers the condition of the roadway in addition to the amount of traffic. The contract was awarded to Scotty’s Contracting of Bowling Green, KY who will complete the work before December of this year. Work was off to a quick start with South Industrial Drive (pictured) being completed on July 20th. The contractors will return next week to continue the work.