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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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ashville, Tenn. — Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state will provide the city of Erin with an enhancement grant in the amount of $195,052 to assist with the Town Square Beautification Project.

”I am pleased the state is able to support projects like the city of Erin’s Town Square Beautification Project,” Bredesen said. “This project will highlight the small town charm of Erin and is an important step in making the downtown a more livable, walkable downtown district.”

Governor Bredesen recognized State Senator Rosalind Kurita and State Representative John Tidwell for their help in securing the grant.

“The city of Erin has always been a very progressive community,” said Senator Kurita. “This sidewalk system will certainly enhance the community by providing a safer corridor for pedestrians and I imagine it will receive much support from the area.”

“Downtown Erin is in need of a facelift,” said Representative Tidwell. “This beautification project will help make the downtown area more aesthetically pleasing and safer, by alleviating the dangerous transportation situation that currently exists for pedestrians in the downtown square.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“In the 1990s Congress set up a grant system of funding for activities designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s transportation system,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “These grant funded activities include historic transportation facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and many other non-traditional transportation projects.”

According to the grant application, the Town Square Beautification Project includes the construction or rehabilitation of 1,500 square feet of sidewalks, brickwork, streetscape development, drainage improvements and construction of a focal point or gateway entry point to the square.

City officials expect at least 8,000 people will directly or indirectly benefit from the Town Square Beautification Project annually.

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