$3.7M in federal funds to widen I-65 North - WSMV Channel 4

$3.7M in federal funds to widen I-65 North

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday more than $7 million in grants for Tennessee to fund various highway-related efforts, including the widening of Interstate 65 in Nashville.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Tennessee residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," said LaHood in a news release. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

The Federal Highway Administration invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs.

Tennessee received funding for the following projects:

* Widening I-65 from Trinity Lane to US-31W/41 (Dickerson Road) in Nashville: $3,750,000 award

* Including cement additives and seal coating to help address stability and durability problems on 10.2 miles of Lake Front Road/LBL Route 206  in Lakes National Recreational Area: $1,400,000 award

* Extending the Tennessee Riverwalk from Chattanooga's downtown to the base of Lookout Mountain and the St. Elmo community, with a lighted and landscaped walkway to promote safety and livability $978,300 award

* To provide general and technical assistance to increase the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise firms: $407,400 award

* Conducting a study on constructing distinct gateway portals to better define the 357-mile Tennessee River Trail Scenic Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway: $300,000 award

* Providing comprehensive commercial drivers license training course: $102,150 award

* Developing a Comprehensive Management Plan for Newfound Gap Road Scenic Byway:    $80,000 award

* Constructing a rest area shelter and installing markers at Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway:    $19,880 award

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