NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) announced Tuesday (August 13, 2019) that Chapel Hill will receive a $1.7 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant will fund construction of sidewalks and bike paths along SR-11 (Horton Highway) from Rocketeer Boulevard to Depot Street. The project will also include ADA compliance improvements, landscaping, pedestrian signals, pedestrian lighting, bicycle racks and drainage improvements.
“We need safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists and I appreciate TDOT for recognizing the need along this road” said Sen. Reeves. “I am very pleased that these improvements are forthcoming.”
“This is very large grant and we were pleased to support it,” added Rep. Tillis. “Sidewalks provide many benefits to our communities, including safety, mobility and healthier communities. They also enhance economic development. We look forward to seeing the many benefits this grant will provide.”
The TAP program began providing funds to local governments in 1991. More than $317 million in grants has been distributed by the department since to improve access and provide a better quality of life for the people of Tennessee. The money has gone to 267 communities across the Volunteer State to build sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails and to renovate historic train depots and other transportation related structures.