A look along part of the West Beech Street sidewalk and curb.

NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) announced today that the city of La Follette in Campbell County will receive a $1.48 million grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for Phase 4 of construction of sidewalks along both sides of W. Beech Street and South Tennessee Avenue.

The project includes Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades, crosswalks, curb and gutter, a retaining wall, and drainage improvements.

“This is a very sizable grant and I was very pleased to support it,” said Senator Yager, “This will make downtown La Follette more accessible for pedestrians and a beautiful attraction for local citizens and visitors to enjoy.  These improvements will help area businesses and the future impact on our community’s economic development is undeniable.  I appreciate TDOT for recognizing the local need and congratulate our local officials who helped secure a successful grant application.”

South Tennessee Avenue sidewalks carry a lot of age.

“These grant dollars will play a critical role in our efforts to improve the overall health and quality of life for the citizens of La Follette,” said Representative Powers. “I believe they will also have a significant impact on our city’s economic future, and I want to congratulate our local leaders on their successful application. It was an honor to support their efforts, and I appreciate TDOT’s investment in our community.”

The competitive TAP grant program began providing funds to local governments in 1991. More than $317 million in grants has been distributed by the department since to improve access and provide a better quality of life for the people of Tennessee. The money has gone to 267 communities across the Volunteer State to build sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails and to renovate historic train depots and other transportation related structures.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/04/2020-3PM)