Cole announces state aid for roads

From Staff Reports


   State Rep. Ralph Cole announced Friday that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has awarded two separate grants for road improvement in Carter County. The combined grants will result in $402,556 in funds to improve local roads and bridges after it is matched locally.
   The first grant is a "state aid" grant and will total $170,324 to be matched locally with $56,775. The combined total of $227,099 can be used at the discretion of the county for roads they deem have the greatest need, according to Cole.
   "The grant can be used for a variety of road projects like resurfacing," Cole said.
   The second grant is a bridge improvement grant for $122,750. That grant requires a local match of $52,607. The combined total of $175,357 is designated for use on bridge projects and repairs.
   "We appreciate the help that these grants will give us to make our local roads safer," said Cole. "We will continue to work with our local officials and Governor Sundquist to bring more transportation dollars home for improvements to our local roads."