TDOT Reinstates Sign Program for Local Communities

Thursday, August 17, 2006 | 07:00pm

Nashville, Tenn.—The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is pleased to announce that funding to reinstate the department’s Local Sign Grant Program has been secured. Cities, towns and counties that are currently on a waiting list to receive funding for signs will be contacted about their interest in participating in the program. There are 27 local governments currently on that list.

“We were forced to discontinue this program late last year due to some funding technicalities,” said TDOT Chief Engineer Paul Degges. “I’m thrilled that we have now found a new way to finance this program because it means so much to Tennessee’s smaller communities.”

The Sign Grant Program, established in 1983, has assisted towns and cities with populations less than 5,000 and counties with populations less than 30,000 to install new, and replace damaged or missing, regulatory signs. “Basic signage such as stop signs, yield signs and no passing signs are often not items that small community budgets can support,” added Degges.

Counties and cities from Obion County in West Tennessee, all the way east to Greene County have applied for this program, along with many counties and cities in between.

TDOT is planning to restructure its Sign Grant Program to make it easier for small rural cities, towns and counties to participate in the future. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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