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Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for the City of McKenzie

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 | 02:50am

August 5, 2013

Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for City of McKenzie

Grants to Fund Stonewall Street Sidewalk Project

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $241,948 transportation alternative grant to the city of McKenzie for the Stonewall Street Sidewalk Project.The project is located in the Stonewall neighborhood, and includes the installation of sidewalks on the west side of Stonewall Street and a section of Brooke Avenue. The project will create a continuous sidewalk system from this area into the Central Business District of downtown McKenzie, and will add ADA accessible ramps at each intersection. 

“This project will provide a much needed system to link residents, business owners, and visitors to McKenzie’s downtown,” Haslam said. “It will increase safety, encourage more healthy and active lifestyles, and enhance the character of this area. I’m pleased the state can help with these efforts.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer), and Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) represent Carroll County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

 

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