Haslam Announces $279K for ‘Sidewalk Improvement Project’ Around Chester Co. Courthouse

Press Release from the State of Tennessee: July 27, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined state and local leaders today to announce the award of a $278,847 transportation enhancement grant to Chester County for the Sidewalk Improvement Project.

The Sidewalk Improvement Project will construct and reconstruct the sidewalks, curbs, ramps, and retaining wall on all sides of the Chester County Courthouse, located in Henderson, Tenn. The project also includes installation and adjustment to storm drainage, and new pedestrian lighting. The overall enhancement will be a huge benefit to pedestrians and will significantly improve access to the courthouse.

“Courthouses are historic pieces of Tennessee’s landscape and serve as a central point for government services in many communities,” Haslam said. “I’m pleased the state could assist in this important effort to preserve and enhance the Chester County Courthouse.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $259 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “Established by Congress in the early 1990s, 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.

State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and state Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads) represent Chester County in the Tennessee General Assembly.