(MURFREESBORO) State Senators Bill Ketron and Shane Reeves report that a $1-million grant will be used to improve sidewalks on Mercury Boulevard.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant will fund construction of sidewalks along Mercury Blvd. from S.E. Broad Street to Apollo Drive. The project includes ADA compliance, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, and school flashing speed limit signals. That basically includes the area starting at Bradley Academy and continuing to Hobgood Elementary, including the Rutherford County Library System's new all digital Technology Engagement Center.
Senator Ketron, who was just elected Rutherford County Mayor, said, "We need safe routes for pedestrians in Rutherford County and I appreciate TDOT recognizing the need along this road in Murfreesboro. This is especially helpful because of the safety of school children who utilize it. Exercise is a key element to a healthier Tennessee and walking or bicycling to school provides great benefits for children when the routes are within reasonable access and are safe to travel. I am very pleased that these improvements are forthcoming."
Senator Shane Reeves noted, "This is very large grant and we were pleased to support it. 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.