On September 12, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced a $595,461 transportation alternative grant had been awarded to the city of Dickson for Phase III of its Downtown Revitalization Project.
The project will add improvements to sections of West College Street and Main Street, and is a continuation of the overall downtown revitalization that began in 2008. Phase III includes sidewalks with brick pavers, new pavement, new crosswalks, and ADA compliant sidewalk ramps, parking areas and signage. The project will also add decorative street lighting, landscaping and pedestrian amenities.
“This project will help Dickson’s efforts to give its downtown a more vibrant, inviting appearance. “Our downtowns are the hearts of our communities, and when complete, the project will make downtown areas more accessible to residents and visitors and can have positive impacts on the local economy,” Haslam said.
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.
“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in non-traditional transportation projects. “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,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.
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.
Sen. Jim Summerville (R-Dickson), Rep. Mary Littleton (R-Dickson), and Rep. David Shepard (D-Dickson) represent Dickson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.