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Plans Underway To Upgrade Lebanon Public Square

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Plans Underway To Upgrade Lebanon Public Square

CREATED Jun 12, 2014
by Emily Luxen

Lebanon, Tenn. – Big changes are coming to the downtown public square in Lebanon.

About $1 million in upgrades are designed to make the area safer and more appealing to visitors.The project is being funded by grant money from the Tennessee Department of Transportation as well as city contributions.

Plans include creating a roundabout to keep traffic moving, and reduce the risk of pedestrian accidents. The design also features aesthetic improvements like new landscaping, lighting and decorative features.

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said the project has been in the works for several years, but became a top priority after a pedestrian was hit and seriously injured walking on the square in 2011. He hopes the result makes the entire area safer and more welcoming.

“It will give us a fresh inviting look that I think will really help the stores in that area,” said Mayor Craighead. “I think it will attract more people to downtown and help the economy.”

Business owners on the square like Helene Cash, the owner of The Crystal Couture Store, also welcome the improvements.

“It can’t happen soon enough,” said Cash. “The short term deficit of construction is better for the long term growth of our community.”

Mayor Craighead said the city hopes to have a contractor set and start construction by late August.

The goal is to have the project completed by next spring.

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