Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for City of Pulaski

Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:37pm

Grant To Fund North 1st Street Improvements

PULASKI – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $617,073 transportation alternative grant to the city of Pulaski for the North 1st Street Improvements.

The project will consist of sidewalk improvements and landscaping along 1st Street from Jefferson Street to Perkins/Chestnut Street. This will be the eighth phase of sidewalk improvements, and will tie into existing sidewalks around the downtown square. The project will provide a connected sidewalk route between residential areas, schools, parks, and the downtown business district.

“The city of Pulaski is committed to providing safe pedestrian facilities for its residents and linking critical economic, residential, and recreational areas,” Haslam said. “Projects like this enhance the lives of Tennesseans and make our communities more livable. I’m pleased the state can assist.”

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 $345 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “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.

Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Rep. Barry Doss (R-Leoma) represent Giles County in the Tennessee General Assembly.