LEBANON, TN. – Mayor Bernie Ash announced the Tennessee Department of Transportation has selected the City of Lebanon to receive the 2020 Multimodal Access Grant in the amount of $774,972. “Increased multimodal transportation options provide increased accessibility for residents and are a critical part of the city’s planned growth,” stated Mayor Ash. “I am appreciative to the State as well as the efforts our Grant Coordinator Anthony Tate and his team put into the submission.”
“Our community’s state highways are in need of sidewalks to enhance walkability and bike-ability for our children and adults. Many times our school children must walk on the edge of our roadways. Many people who wish to walk, run or bike are not able to do so safely on the narrow shoulders of our very busy state routes. We are anxious to remedy these dangerous conditions. We are also eager to construct safe pedestrian crossings for our citizens with an emphasis on ADA compliancy. These grant monies will help support an active healthy lifestyle for our students, citizens and visitors. We are also endeavoring to encourage more physical activity among our seniors by creating more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk. These funds will also provide a beautification aspect to our community,” stated Mayor Ash.
“The project is an important addition to our sidewalk network that provides vital pedestrian improvements along one of our major arterial routes. These improvements fall in line with the City’s recently renewed commitment to eliminate barriers that may prevent persons with disabilities from accessing facilities and services throughout the City,” said Regina Santana, Engineering Services Director.
In addition to a new sidewalk along the east side of North Cumberland (Hwy 231 N, SR 10), this project will include pedestrian signal improvements that are ADA compliant at signalized intersections along the project corridor.
“We are thankful to win the Multimodal Access Grant. This state-funded program was created to support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along state routes,” said Anthony Tate, Grant Coordinator. “Winning a state grant like this is a testament to the strong, collaborative effort between the Mayor’s Office, Public Works, Engineering, GIS, and Planning.”