Gaut, Dooley to get sidewalks, bus shelters

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff Writer
Posted 8/24/17

The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Municipal Planning Organization was brief, with the primary item being the acceptance of a state grant for future sidewalk improvements.

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Gaut, Dooley to get sidewalks, bus shelters

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The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Municipal Planning Organization was brief, with the primary item being the acceptance of a state grant for future sidewalk improvements.

According to MPO Coordinator Greg Thomas, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has approved a $985,604 request for sidewalks and bus shelters along Dooley and Gaut streets between State Route 74 (Wildwood Avenue) and Central Avenue N.E.

The Transportation Alternatives Program grant will furnish construction for the project, with MPO funds to be used for preliminary engineering and right-of-way phases.

In addition to construction and replacement of sidewalks along Dooley and Gaut streets between Wildwood and Central avenues, the project will include construction and replacement of sidewalks on Central Avenue to the College Hill Recreation Center, and on Inman Street from Gaut to Sheppard.

Also included will be much-anticipated bus shelters on Dooley Street near the intersection of Wildwood (State Route 74), and on Central at its intersection with Gaut Street.

TDOT emphasized the project must have the construction funding authorized by the Federal Highway Administration by July 1, 2020, or the project will be automatically cancelled and funding withdrawn.

The MPO requirement Wednesday was to add this project to the city’s transportation improvement plans, although the construction is still some time away.

Among those attending this week’s meeting were Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Cleveland Senior Planner Corey Divel (sitting in for Vice Mayor Avery Johnson).

In other MPO business Wednesday:

• MPO members approved the adoption of a 2018-2019 Unified Planning Work Program following a public hearing. There were no comments at the public hearing.

Thomas reported that all state and federal agency comments have been addressed, and the MPO staff was recommending adoption.

• The next regularly scheduled MPO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Cleveland Municipal Building.

• In MPO-related information, TDOT has provided the Cleveland Daily Banner with information concerning Bradley County projects which will benefit from funds generated by the Improve Act (increase in the state gasoline tax).

The main projects are the widening of North Lee Highway from Anatole Subdivision north to Lauderdale Memorial Highway in Charleston, and spot improvements and intersection upgrades on Highway 60 (Georgetown Road) from Hopewell to Highway 58 in Hamilton County.

These two will be simultaneous projects with an estimated total cost of more than $56 million.

Other major projects include $18 million for a truck climbing lane on the southbound side of Interstate 75 on White Oak Mountain. There is also the widening of I-75 from north of U.S. 64 to U.S. 74 in Hamilton County ($95 million), and the widening of I-75 from the Cleveland Urban Boundary (Exit 33) to the Bradley/McMinn County line ($26 million).

There is also the continued widening of Georgetown Road from north of I-75 to Westlake Drive (State Route 306) an additional $14 million.

The other seven projects are state bridge construction and/or replacements. The cost of these bridges vary from $167,000 to $5.48 million for replacement of the concrete bridge just north of Georgetown Road’s intersection with Paul Huff Parkway.

The bridge projects include Chatata Valley Road on Chatata Creek, Brymer Creek Road over Brymer Creek, Georgetown Road over Candies Cree (the most expensive), 20th Street N.E. over Little Chatta Creek, Pleasant Grove Place over Candies Creek, Tunnel Hill Road over Black Fox Creek, and Lead Mine Valley Road over Black Fox Creek.

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