L'burg awarded grant for sidewalks

Friday, September 3, 2010

NASHVILLE - A "transportation enhancement grant" of $64,800 has been awarded by Tennessee to Lewisburg for construction of sidewalks connecting Rock Creek Park to the public square.

Mayor Barbara Woods on Wednesday credited City Treasurer Connie Edde and Lisa Cross, a community development specialist with the South Central Tennessee Development District office in Columbia, for writing the grant application in 2007.

The money is for construction of more than a thousand feet of new sidewalk, described by the mayor as along First Avenue North and Belfast Avenue to the walkway.

"Both places have sidewalks, but they're so old and poorly maintained that they probably need replacement," Woods said.

Gov. Phil Bredesen said, "These improvements will help keep pedestrians safe and encourage more residents to walk to their destinations."

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

"Through transportation enhancement grants," TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, "the department has funded approximately $223 million in non-traditional transportation projects."

The program was established by Congress in the early 1990s. Lewisburg's grant was one of 34 announced Aug. 25 when $18.5 million were distributed.