Since the creation of the Transportation Alternatives Program, formally known as the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has been able to award more than $317 million in grants to projects across the state. Residents of the Volunteer State have since benefited from the sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails, and landscaping that wouldn’t have been possible without this funding.
Now, Gov. Bill Lee and the TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright have announced that $10 million in grant funding will go towards statewide transportation alternatives. Below, a Chattanooga contractor attorney with Cotney Construction Law will discuss this incredible announcement and what it means for construction companies in Tennessee.
“Increasing safety, promoting healthy lifestyles and providing improved access to our cities and towns make our communities better places to live and work,” said Gov. Lee. Exactly $10,328,312 has been awarded to this year’s grantees. Here are just a few of the projects that will soon be cropping up throughout Tennessee:
- Charlotte: $1,096,596 will go towards the construction of sidewalks along the east side of SR-48
- Elizabethton: $797,424 will go towards the rehabilitation of a historic covered bridge
- Springhill: $1,195,998 will go towards construction of a greenway along McCutcheon Creek that will include pedestrian bridges and amenities
Very soon, contractors in these cities will be able to bid on these vital and lucrative projects.
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Not in Your Area?
Don’t fret if you don’t see any grant funding awarded in your city. Local government agencies in Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga regularly submit applications to the Transportation Alternatives Program. In the meantime, contractors can look for open bids. Chattanooga contractors should look to both the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County for bid solicitations.
For Assistance Procuring Transportation Projects
It is an incredible opportunity to work on alternative transportation projects. These transportation projects are vital not only for restoring communities but for improving our state’s infrastructure. However, like the Transportation Alternatives Program, procuring projects is a competitive process. For assistance procuring projects or defending or filing a bid protest, consult our Chattanooga contractor attorneys from Cotney Construction Law.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.