Haslam Announces Three TDOT Grants for Gibson County

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 08:32 am

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.