DUCKTOWN, TN (WRCB) - A $256,791 transportation grant for Ducktown will allow the 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 first phase of the Pedestrian Enhancement Project, located on Main Street in Ducktown's historic downtown area. The improvements are the first part in a two-phase project to rehabilitate Main Street.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer made the grant announcement Thursday.
"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."
The transportation alternative grant is made through a federally-funded program, formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by TDOT.
Other 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.