Ducktown to receive transportation grant for Main Street improvements
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Gov. Bill Haslam, Banner photo, RICK NORTON
Gov. Bill Haslam, Banner photo, RICK NORTON
DUCKTOWN — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced Thursday a $256,791 transportation grant for this Polk County town to replace sidewalks and install new street lighting, landscaping and new crosswalks at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 68.

The project is Phase I of the Pedestrian Enhancement Project located on Main Street within Ducktown’s historic downtown area. The improvements are the first in a two-phase project to rehabilitate Main Street.

“This project will improve safety and mobility for pedestrians while also promoting the redevelopment of downtown Ducktown,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects such as this help strengthen the livability of our communities and the quality of life for residents.”

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $294 million in nontraditional 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 transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT.

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other nontraditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville who represents the 9th Senatorial District, and state Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, who represents the 22nd Legislative District, represent Polk County in the Tennessee General Assembly.