CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - A federal grant of almost $1 million will help get Riverwalk closer to St. Elmo Avenue.

Tennessee will receive $7 million of the $77 million the state asked for in federal grant money, Tennessee Department of Transportation chief engineer Paul Degges said. Of that $7 million, $978,300 was assigned to the Riverwalk.

"It was a long shot and we got it," said Louis Prosterman, the Hamilton County development supervisor who has overseen the Riverwalk project since its inception in 1985. "We've got a good project, I think. The Riverwalk sells itself. The public's acceptance of the Riverwalk shows that."

The county, in a joint submission with Chattanooga, had asked for $1 million.

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