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Benton gets improvement grant

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BENTON, POLK COUNTY (WRCB) – The Town of Benton has received more than $155,000 from the state for improving sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge.

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer the $155,398 transportation enhancement grant for Benton's Downtown Streetscape Project.

The Downtown Streetscape Project includes the construction of approximately 2700 linear feet of sidewalks, as well as a pedestrian bridge over Four Mile Creek. The purpose of the project is to enhance transportation access and safety for pedestrians by providing a continuous link between two schools, and to enhance the relationship with the main thoroughfare through town, US 411. 

"This project will provide a much needed link between schools, residential areas, and commercial developments," said Governor Haslam. "These improvements will help keep pedestrians safe and encourage more residents to walk to their destinations. I'm pleased we could make this investment in Polk County.

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $259 million in non-traditional transportation projects," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  "Established by Congress in the early 1990's, the program supports activities designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation's transportation system."

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.

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