Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 1, 2012:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $229,789 transportation enhancement grant to the town of Newbern to fund the Depot Connection Project.
The project aims to improve connectivity between the Amtrak Station and the Newbern business district. The project includes the installation of four pedestrian crosswalks, landscaped pedestrian buffers, shade trees, and pedestrian lighting. Approximately 900 linear feet of sidewalks along Jefferson Street and East Main Street will also be replaced.
“The town of Newbern is home to one of only two Amtrak stations in Tennessee, and it brings hundreds of travelers to this community each year,” Haslam said. “This project will create a safe environment for pedestrian retail shoppers and can have a positive impact on the local economy. I’m pleased the state can assist with these efforts.”
The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by TDOT.
“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 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.
State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville), State Representative Bill Sanderson (R-Kenton), and State Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) represent Dyer County in the Tennessee General Assembly.