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State Awards $800K to Oak Ridge for Parking Lot Project

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 22, 2012:

OAK RIDGE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a nearly $800,000 grant to transform Jackson Square in Oak Ridge.

The $798,687 transportation enhancement grant is for Phase I of the Jackson Square Townsite Reconfiguration Project, which includes major modifications to the parking lot on Broadway Avenue.

The project will transform this area into an attractive, landscaped plaza and parking area. Public sidewalks adjacent to the area will be reconstructed and will be connected to new sidewalks within the landscaped plaza. The project will also add park benches, bicycle racks, canopy trees, and pedestrian lighting.

“The Jackson Square project will further Oak Ridge’s efforts to enhance its historic downtown area and provide increased mobility and improved access to small businesses and cultural activities,” Haslam said. “Projects such as this one enhance local communities and make Tennessee an even better place to live, work and play.”

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 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 grant is made possible through a federally funded program 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. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and State Reps. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) and John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) represent Anderson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.