NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen joined Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely today to announce the award of $18,536,915 in transportation enhancement grants to 34 communities and the Department of Tourist Development to fund projects across the state.
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“The Enhancement Grant Program provides an opportunity for the state to work with local agencies to fund projects that enrich Tennessee communities in a variety of ways,” said Bredesen. “Many will use these funds to build new sidewalks and bike trails that support healthier lifestyles, while others utilize the program to save historic structures for future generations. All of these are worthwhile projects that truly enhance the quality of life in local communities.”
Transportation enhancement grants are made possible through a federally-funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded approximately $223 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said Nicely. “Established by Congress in the early 1990’s, the program supports activities designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s transportation system.”
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. In order to qualify for transportation enhancement funds, a project must relate to surface transportation and qualify as one of the 12 eligible activities. The project must also be accessible to the public.