Haslam Announces Grant for Downtown DicksonWednesday, July 25, 2012 | 03:30 pm
$627,782 to improve pedestrian experience downtown
DICKSON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a grant of more than $620,000 to improve the pedestrian experience in downtown Dickson.
The Transportation Enhancement grant is $627,782 and will go toward Phase II of the Downtown Improvement Project, located on Main Street (State Route 48) from Railroad Street to East Walnut Street.
The project will add pedestrian sidewalks with brick pavers, crosswalks, ornamental street lighting, and other pedestrian amenities. A portion of Main Street will also be resurfaced, and new landscaping will be added.
“This project will further Dickson’s efforts to give its downtown a more vibrant, inviting appearance,” Haslam said. “When complete, the project will have positive impacts on the local economy, making downtown areas more accessible to residents and visitors.”
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 program.
“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.
State Sen. Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) and state Rep. David Shepard (D-Dickson) represent Dickson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.