East Ridge Receives Multimodal Grant Award for Ringgold Road Streetscape Improvements
EAST RIDGE, TN – East Ridge officials learned late yesterday afternoon that the City was awarded the 2014 Multimodal Access Grant in the amount of $949,833. The City applied for the funds last Fall in order to finance infrastructure improvements along Ringgold Road - the city’s central business corridor - which includes new sidewalks on both sides of Ringgold Road.
East Ridge was one of 14 communities in the state to receive a portion of the $10.2 million in Multimodal Access Funds as announced by Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer. The City received the maximum amount awarded, which requires a 5% match of local funds or $50,167 to finance the million-dollar streetscape improvement project.
“Improving our facilities for walking, biking, and transit is critical to the continued growth and success of our towns and cities, and these grants help make our communities across Tennessee more livable by creating more transportation options,” Haslam said.
“Our responsibilities as a transportation agency go far beyond building roads and bridges,” Commissioner Schroer said. “Providing safe access for different modes of transportation ultimately creates a more complete and diverse network for our users. These projects are also extremely cost effective, which allows TDOT to make improvements in more areas across the state.”
The streetscape improvement project provides sidewalks along the section of Ringgold Road from Tombras Avenue westbound to East Ridge Avenue, connecting neighborhoods in that area to City Hall, schools, the City Library, City services and local businesses. The construction of a five-foot sidewalk on the south side of Ringgold Road and a 10-foot multi-modal path on the north side provide new access to Ringgold Road for a range of users. The project also includes enhanced ascetics with new landscaping, small islands to create a boulevard-like scenic impact when driving through the city center, and signalization.
“This is just one of many community development grants and initiatives that the City has sought to bring in a new era of enhanced quality of life for East Ridge citizens and businesses,” said Mayor Brent Lambert. “With the influx of new businesses along the Border Region Corridor and the beautification of existing businesses, safe and attractive multi-use paths and improved curbside appeal for citizens and visitors on Ringgold Road will bring even more people to our city looking to live and do business with us.
“The City of East Ridge appreciates TDOT for their strong, ongoing support and our continued partnership as we could not be more excited. This is one more example of the exciting projects underway in the City East Ridge in partnership with TDOT” said Lambert.
For more information about the Multimodal Access Grant, project guidelines, and applications, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/publictrans/fund.htm.