Governor Announces Grants For Ashland City, Dickson County, Springfield

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Governor Announces Grants For Ashland City, Dickson County, Springfield

CREATED Jun 25, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam announced thousands of dollars in grants for Ashland City, Dickson County, and Springfield on Tuesday.

The governor and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced the award of a $398,447 transportation alternative grant that will help improve the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail Project.

The money will provide trail connections to three parks along Marks Creek, which are currently only accessible by car. It includes more than 2,000 feet of asphalt trail, a bridge, boardwalk, retaining wall, fencing and a trail head. There will also be new signs, benches, and landscaping -- all designed to add to the scenic character of the town's greenway system.

In Springfield, they announced the $882,943 transportation alternative grant that would build a major component of the city’s Greenway Master Plan.

“This project will complete a major component of Springfield’s Greenway Master Plan and will provide critical links to neighborhoods, schools and parks,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and this grant helps improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to Springfield.”

According to a release, phase III of the Pedestrian/Bicycle Greenway Project would include pedestrian and bicycle facilities along portions of South Main Street, Central Avenue West, John L. Patterson Street, and Bransford Drive. It would also connect the southern portion of Springfield with the Central Business District and includes 4,000 linear feet of concrete path.

New landscaping, benches, bike racks and decorative lighting would also be added during the project.

Additionally, the governor and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced two grants to help fund energy conservation improvements at the Dickson Housing Authority and Water Authority of Dickson County. 

The Dickson Housing Authority will receive a $250,000 Clean TN Energy Grant from TDEC, while the Water Authority of Dickson County  will get a $15,362 grant to upgrade the Jones Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s lighting fixtures, which are original to its 1978 construction.