Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Governor Bill Haslam Presents the TDOT Grant to Lewisburg from the Lewisburg Greenway

Grant to Fund Downtown Connector Phase I Grant is One of Three Grants Recently Awarded to the City of Lewisburg by TDOT
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $701,138 transportation alternative grant to provide a pedestrian and bicycle facility connecting Lewisburg Square with Rock Creek Park. 
The Downtown Connector Project, which will be constructed in four phases, includes parking, sidewalks, and a multiuse path, eventually connecting to the existing Rock Creek Park Greenway path. The grant funds Phase I of the project. 
Image"This project will improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as provide residents and visitors with critical connections to different areas of the city," Haslam said. "Tennessee's downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects like this enhance the lives of Tennesseans and make our communities more livable." 
The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). 
"Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $318 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." 
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. 
The City was also awarded a TDOT Multimodal Grant to create a connector to the Greenway at the East Commerce Bridge. The connector will allow pedestrians on the Greenway to access East Commerce and the Lewisburg Square. Along with the connector, the East Commerce bridge itself will receive a facelift. 
The third grant is a TDOT Transporation Planning Grant that will reprogram and synchronize all the traffic lights in the City of Lewisburg. Lewisburg Public Works recently completed a study of all traffic lights in the City and the grant will use that study to better program and synchronize all traffic lights in the City. 
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) represent Marshall County in the Tennessee General Assembly. 
Gov. Haslam receives a gift of local products from the City of Lewisburg including Brother's Fine Foods, Captain Rodney's and Picker's Creek. Pictured (l-r) Rep. Billy Spivey, Councilman Roy Haislip, Gov. Haslam, City Manager Randall Dunn, County Mayor Joe B. Liggett and Sen. Jim Tracy.