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Haslam Announces $587K in Grants for Waynesboro, Wayne Co

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 17, 2014:

WAYNESBORO – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced two grants totaling more than $587,000 for downtown revitalization in Wayne County and energy efficiency improvements at the Green River Surface Water Treatment Plant in Waynesboro.

“These types of projects are critical to strengthening our communities,” Haslam said. “Increasing energy efficiencies saves taxpayer dollars and reduces air emissions and creating a more pedestrian-oriented environment improves our cities’ and towns’ livability and quality of life for Tennesseans.”

A $23,600 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to the City of Waynesboro from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will support energy efficiency improvements at the Green River Surface Water Treatment Plant. This project will upgrade the control of four existing pump motors to allow more uniform pumping into the distribution system due to the large swing in day-to-day demands on the system. These improvements to the plant’s pump motors will create annual savings on the city’s power bill, and decreased electricity demand will also improve air quality by reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide at the power generation stations.

“We are pleased to help the City of Waynesboro become more energy efficient,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We continue to look for ways to promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency within state government and within Tennessee’s communities.”

A $563,992 transportation alternative grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will fund Phase I of the Downtown Revitalization Project in Wayne County. The project includes replacing existing curbing, sidewalks, and pedestrian lighting and is located along the perimeter of the Wayne County Courthouse on US 64. The entrances and exits to the square parking area will also be relocated, creating a much safer crossing for pedestrians, and new landscaping and trees will be planted throughout the project area.

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by TDOT.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $306 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “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 Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah) represent Wayne County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Haslam Announces $800K in Recreational Trail Grants for Dresden, Martin

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 25, 2013:

DRESDEN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced three grants totaling nearly $800,000 for Dresden and Martin to lengthen and develop recreational trails connecting the communities with the downtowns.

“These greenways and trails not only enhance the pedestrian experience of our communities, but they also provide new recreational and healthy ways for Tennesseans to enjoy their neighborhoods,” Haslam said. “Downtowns are the heart of our cities and towns, and the projects announced today will make important connections between various destinations and the Dresden and Martin downtowns.”

Dresden is receiving a $199,968 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) as well as a $399,706 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to dedicate property as park land and convert a former railroad line into a multimodal pedestrian and cycling trail that connects to the heart of downtown Dresden.

Phase I of the Dresden Green Rail Trail project is located southeast of the Farmer’s Market trailhead at Linden Street and will connect to the Festival Park trail head south of Evergreen Street. It includes a ten-foot wide paved trail, decorative gateway entrances, landscaping, and park benches, bicycle racks and signage.

Martin is receiving a $200,000 RTP grant to extend the current Brian Brown Greenway to downtown Martin by constructing a multi-use trail approximately 3,000 feet long and 10 feet wide.

“We are excited to have this additional funding opportunity, which will assist the cities of Martin and Dresden in the development of a variety of new trails,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally-funded program established to distribute funding for motorized, non-motorized and diverse recreation trail projects. Recreational Trails Program grants may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation, trailside or trailhead facilities such as restrooms, kiosks and parking lots, construction of new trails and land acquisition for recreational trails or corridors.

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “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 Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntington) and state Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) represent Weakley County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Ducktown to Get Transportation Grant for Sidewalks, Lighting

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; July 11, 2013:

DUCKTOWN – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $256,791 transportation grant for Ducktown to replace sidewalks and install new street lighting, landscaping and new crosswalks at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 68.

The project is Phase I of the Pedestrian Enhancement Project located on Main Street within Ducktown’s historic downtown area. The improvements are the first in a two-phase project to rehabilitate Main Street.

“This project will improve safety and mobility for pedestrians while also promoting the redevelopment of downtown Ducktown,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects such as this help strengthen the livability of our communities and the quality of life for residents.”

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “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.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally-funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT.

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. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and state Rep. Eric Watson (R-Cleveland) represent Polk County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Gibson County Receives 3 TDOT Grants

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 26, 2013:

Grants to Humboldt, Milan and Trenton for downtown improvements

TRENTON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of three grants to Humboldt, Milan and Trenton for three downtown improvement projects.

“These improvements will provide increased and safer mobility, connecting pedestrians with everything these Gibson County cities have to offer,” Haslam said. “Downtowns are the heart of our communities, and these projects will help efforts to revitalize and enhance these areas for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

A $396,248 grant will fund Phase II of the Downtown Enhancement Project in Humboldt. The project includes the replacement of sidewalks and curbs along each side of 14th Avenue, which is part of Humboldt’s downtown business district. Decorative pedestrian lighting and stamped concrete driveways will also be added along the route.

A $392,052 grant will fund Phase III of the Milan Downtown Revitalization Project. The project is located on Southwest Front Street between South First Street and Second Street. It includes new sidewalks, ADA accessible crosswalks, bicycle racks, and new landscaping. Pedestrian lighting and new signs will also be installed.

A $525,469 grant will fund Phase II of the Trenton Trail, a downtown historical connection project, adding sidewalks to Eaton and South College Streets as well as traffic calming devices, crosswalks and new signs. The project will also highlight locations along the Civil War Trail.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “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.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally-funded program formerly known as “transportation enhancement” and is administered by TDOT.

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. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and state Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) represent Gibson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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More Than 100K Download TDOT SmartWay App

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; May 7, 2013:

NASHVILLE – More than 100,000 users have downloaded the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) SmartWay Mobile App since its launch in December 2012. The App is designed to help drivers navigate Tennessee highways, providing up-to-the-minute customized traffic information. The TDOT SmartWay App is free and available for download in the Apple App Store and Play Store for Android.

“Providing real time traffic information can help motorists avoid delays and in turn, reduce congestion on our roadways,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The Smartway App is easy to navigate, and can be customized to provide only the information the user wants. We’re pleased so many travelers are taking advantage of this free resource.”

The home screen for the TDOT SmartWay App is a map which locates your current position. The icons on the left hand side of the map allow users to customize views to show traffic speeds, incidents, cameras, road construction, road conditions, and dynamic message sign displays. The “Near Me” screen allows users to see all roadway events sorted by what is closed to their current location. The “Notifications” screen allows motorists to select counties, roads, or setup routes they typically take. A time range can also be defined to receive notifications of incidents on selected routes.

The TDOT SmartWay App was developed by NIC, the state’s chosen eGovernment portal vendor. NIC will provide user support for the application. The Help Desk can be reached 24 hours a day by calling 615-313-0300 or 1-866-8TN-EGOV.

For more information on how to use the TDOT SmartWay App, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/tdotsmartway/mobile.htm.

TDOT asks motorists to use the TDOT SmartWay App responsibly. Drivers should “know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination. Motorists should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.

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TDOT Creates New Office to Aid Collaboration with Municipalities

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; March 18, 2013:

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is announcing the creation of the Office of Community Transportation (OCT). The mission of the OCT is to coordinate transportation planning and local land use decisions to guide the development of a safe and efficient statewide transportation system.

“We really want to increase the level of collaboration between TDOT and municipalities across the state,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The Office of Community Transportation will work with these local entities to make sure our transportation planning efforts and project development plans coincide with future growth and help us meet the needs of communities.”

The OCT will collaborate with local partners to establish a regional presence that will aid communities when developing and implementing their future visions as they pertain to state routes. The Office of Community Transportation will provide resources dedicated to ensuring the successful preparation and execution of community growth as it relates with state transportation.

The OCT is a statewide initiative led by the newly appointed Assistant Director of Long Range Planning, Brenda Bernards. Once fully implemented, the OCT will have regional staff in Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis who will be committed to working specifically with the communities within their region. They will also work closely with Tennessee’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations to coordinate regional transportation priorities.

By working directly with community partners, the OCT will be capable of eliminating potential transportation difficulties with future local projects such as new schools, subdivisions, and major activity centers like shopping centers and industrial parks. The OCT can have a positive impact on economic development efforts by working with local partners to identify necessary improvements to the State Route system.

For more information on the Office of Community Transportation, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/longrange/oct.htm.

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TDOT: Nearly $4.5 M in State Grants Approved for 15 TN Airports

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; March 8, 2013:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $4,413,873 have been approved for fifteen Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

Athens (McMinn County) – McMinn County Airport

Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport
Bolivar (Hardeman County) – William L. Whitehurst Field

Morristown (Hamblen County) – Moore-Murrell Field
Clarksville (Montgomery County) – Outlaw Field

Murfreesboro (Rutherford County) – Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Regional Jetport

Nashville (Davidson County) – Nashville International Airport
Greeneville (Greene County) – Greeneville – Greene County Municipal Airport

Rockwood (Roane County) – Rockwood Municipal Airport
Jacksboro (Campbell County) – Campbell County Airport

Sparta (White County) – Upper Cumberland Regional Airport
Knoxville (Knox County) – McGhee Tyson Airport

Union City (Obion County) – Everett-Stewart Regional Airport
Lafayette (Macon County) – Lafayette Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit:
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2013/AeronauticsGrantDetails.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.
The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 142 heliports and 79 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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TDOT Announces $12.2 Million in Federal, State Grants for 13 TN Airports

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; December 5, 2012:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $12.2 million have been approved for 13 Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

  • Centerville (Hickman County) – Centerville Municipal Airport
  • Memphis (Shelby County) – DeWitt Spain General Aviation Airport
  • Chattanooga (Hamilton County) – Lovell Field
  • Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport
  • Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Municipal Airport
  • Smithville (DeKalb County) – Smithville Municipal Airport
  • Columbia (Maury County) – Maury County Regional Airport
  • Shelbyville (Bedford County) – Shelbyville Municipal Airport
  • Covington (Tipton County) – Covington Municipal Airport
  • Tri-Cities (Sullivan County) – Tri-Cities Regional Airport
  • Jackson (Madison County) – McKellar Sipes Regional Airport
  • Tullahoma (Coffee County) – Tullahoma Municipal Airport
  • Winchester (Franklin County) – Winchester Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2012/GrantDetails12-4-12.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

TDOT The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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Haslam Announces Nearly $450K Grant for Harriman Greenway Project

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Sept. 5, 2012: 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $447,776 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Harriman for Phase I of the Riverfront Greenway Project.

The greenway trail is part of the city’s Riverfront Property Development Plan, which seeks to improve the overall development of property along the Emory River. Phase I will consist of nearly 1500 feet of ten foot wide asphalt trail beginning at a new trailhead area near Roane Street. The trail will continue in a southeast direction along the river, ending at Morgan Avenue in the Cornstalk Heights district. The trail will provide access to an existing park and soccer fields located along the Emory River.

“It is wonderful to see communities across the state creating a network of greenways, trails and walkways for residents and visitors,” Haslam said. “When complete, this project will link key destination points in Harriman through alternative transportation while also providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.”

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

“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 Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and State Representative Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) represent Roane County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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TDOT Announces Scenic Byway Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; August 10, 2012: 

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that nearly $2.1 million in Tennessee Scenic Byways grants have been awarded for three projects across Tennessee. The grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration as part of their National Scenic Byways Program.

“Tennessee’s Scenic Byways Program is an important resource in highlighting the beautiful and historical features of our state,” said Commissioner Schroer. “Not only do these awards advance and support local and regional scenic highway organizations, they stimulate ongoing economic development opportunities in our local communities.”

The Great River Road-Tennessee National Scenic Byway received just over $1.5 million to construct a new visitor’s center for the byway at Reelfoot Lake. This center will serve as a gateway and point-of-interest stop for multistate visitors traveling the byway.

A bicycle and pedestrian master plan project for the Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway will receive $500,000. The project will address byway safety improvements and identify and prioritize future enhancement of the byway.

Nearly $20,000 was awarded to the Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway for the installation of interpretive displays at the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. These displays will serve to tell the story of the Cherokee Indian culture, logging history, and hummingbirds.

The Tennessee State Scenic Byways Program is designed to recognize and showcase outstanding cultural, historical, archeological, recreational, natural and scenic resources along Tennessee’s public highways. Program funding supports projects that help tell the story of Tennessee and its treasured people and places.

To learn more about Tennessee Scenic Byways, please visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/Byways/ or contact Pam Monjar, Program Coordinator, at (615) 741-6896.