Troy awarded $400K grant for downtown sidewalks

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has awarded the City of Troy its fourth straight TAP grant (transportation alternatives program).

This year’s grant will go to replace more sidewalks downtown as well as providing for streetscaping improvements such as pedestrian lighting and access to outer parking lots.

Specifically, the $400,000 grant will fund improvements to sidewalks on South Three Notch Street from Love Street to Elm Street, East Church Street from Three Notch to Elm and South Market Street from Church to Elm.

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It also includes “gateway improvements” at the intersection of Love and Three Notch, which Melissa Sanders, planning administrator, said could include signage, flowers or other beautification.

“This works towards action items put forth in the Downtown Plan including gateway elements, connection of parking areas to downtown and corridor improvements,” Sanders said.

The project is estimated to cost just under $500,000 with the city putting up a $100,000 match.

In other business, the council approved a resolution for the bicentennial commission to seek grant funding for Alabama’s upcoming bicentennial resolution. The nest meeting of the Troy City Council will be held Tuesday, July 25.

The council meets upstairs at city hall at 4 p.m. for an executive committee meeting and at 5 p.m. for a council meeting in the city council chambers.