NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) made the following statement regarding the announcement that LaFollette will receive a $366,210 Transportation Alternative Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  The grant will fund Phase 3 of construction of sidewalks along the west side of SR-9 (Indiana Avenue) from N. Tennessee Avenue to Beech Street.  Projects includes ADA compliance, brick stamp pavers, striping, pedestrian lighting and pedestrian amenities.

“This is a very sizable grant and I was very pleased to support it,” said Senator Yager, “This will make downtown LaFollette more accessible for pedestrians and a beautiful attraction for local citizens and visitors to enjoy.  These improvements will help area businesses and the future impact on our community’s economic development is undeniable.  I appreciate TDOT for recognizing the local need and congratulate our local officials who helped secure the grant.”

The release from the TDOT is copied below:

Governor Lee Announces Transportation Alternatives Grants Statewide

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright announced today the award of $13,669,998 Transportation Alternatives Grants statewide in Tennessee.

“Tennessee is committed to continuing to develop safe infrastructure across our states,” Lee said. “These grants will help us reach our goal of being a healthier state and will enhance the lives of Tennesseans by making our communities more accessible and livable.”

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

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded $386 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright.  “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 list of this year’s grantees can be found on the following page.

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.  For more information on TDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program, please visit TDOT’s website at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/program-development-and-administration-home/local-programs/tap.html

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