Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for City of Fayetteville

Friday, July 21, 2017 | 3:31pm

Grant To Fund Stone Bridge Park to Camp Blount Connector Project

FAYETTEVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $1,099,037 transportation alternative grant to the city of Fayetteville for the Stone Bridge Park to Camp Blount Connector Project.

The project will provide a pedestrian connection between Stone Bridge Park and historical Camp Blount via the Elk River. It will include widening an existing trail from five to ten feet and addressing current ADA deficiencies. The trail would continue over a proposed 10-foot-wide steel truss pedestrian bridge that would provide a safe crossing over the Elk River, and connect with the historical overlook Camp Blount.

“This project will create a new historical destination point, while also increasing the accessibility of Stone Bridge Park,” Haslam said. “Projects like this one increase safety and connectivity, and improve the overall quality of life for residents.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $345 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “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.”

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.

Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), Rep. Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville), and Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) represent Lincoln County in the Tennessee General Assembly.