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Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grants for the Town of Arlington

Wednesday, August 07, 2013 | 02:47am

August 5, 2013

Governor Haslam Announces Transportation Grants for the Town of Arlington

Grants to Fund Arlington Bike and Pedestrian Connector Phase II A & B

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of two transportation alternative grants totaling $777,491 to the town of Arlington for Phase II-A and Phase II-B of the Bike and Pedestrian Path Project.The goal of the projects is to create a safe pedestrian and bicycle connection between Arlington Middle School, Arlington High School, and Arlington Elementary School as well as communities around these schools. Phase II-A will widen Memphis-Arlington Road for the addition of a four-foot bike lane, and add new signage and decorative signs. Phase II-B will add a five-foot sidewalk and new curb and gutter, along with new crosswalks, park benches, and trash receptacles.  

“Sidewalks can help beautify heavily used roadways across the state, but more importantly encourage more pedestrian and cycling activity” Haslam said. “This project will also create a much safer environment for the children and families who visit these schools each day.”

Transportation Alternative grants are 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.

The Shelby County Legislative Delegation represents Arlington in the Tennessee General Assembly.



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