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TA projects are making the news all across America. Find a selection of local news across many states below. For the latest Transportation Alternatives News in major newspapers please consult the news tracker in the right column.


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Atlanta, GA: Georgia's Transportation Enhancement program selected as feature article in current issue of Georgia Engineer magazine. The GDOT TE program has awarded approximately 1,100 TE projects, totaling over $700 million since its inception. The article highlights some of these projects and how they have impacted their local communities. See pages 30-31. Georgia Engineer Magazine, Volume 20, Issue 2. April/May 2013.

Colonial Heights, VA: Second phase of Appomattox River trail complete The latest phase of the Appomattox River greenway trail is now complete. The second phase of construction was completed with $234,000 in TE funding and brings the total length of the trail to 4,800 feet. Progress Index, Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dummerston, VT: Dummerston bridge re-opens early The Dummerston Covered Bridge reopened to traffic after a $200,000 Transportation Enhancement award helped to address erosion problems surrounding the bridge. Brattleboro Reformer, Friday, August 24, 2012

Cleveland, TN: Depot to open as bus service hub Thursday Read more: Cleveland Daily Banner - Depot to open as bus service hub Thursday The Southern Railway Depot is scheduled to open on 6/28/2012 after a Transportation Enhancement funding was used to rehabilitate the Depot. The depot will now serve as a bus hub for the Cleveland Urban Area Transportation System. The Cleveland Daily Banner, Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vivian, LA: New signs for a 130-mile scenic byway, the Boom or Bust Byway, were recently released. Transportation Enhancement funding helped to devise a self-guided audio tour of the scenic route. New signs for a 130-mile scenic byway, the Boom or Bust Byway, were recently released. Transportation Enhancement funding helped to devise a self-guided audio tour of the scenic route. The Shreveport Times, Thursday, June 21, 2012

Two Rivers, WI: TR Voice: Celebrating 10 Years of Mariners Trail The Friends of Mariners Trail will host a Ten Year Celebration of the Mariner Trails opening on Saturday, June 16, from 1-3 in the afternoon. The Mariners Trail runs along the shore of Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Two Rivers in east central Wisconsin. Herald Times Reporter, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Washington, DC: Making the Journey a Destination Infusions of art into transportation infrastructure can help generate a sense of place, engage communities, and support economic development. Here's how you can make it happen. FHWA's Public Roads, Friday, June 01, 2012

Middleburg, VA: Virginia Helps CW Trust To Finance Middleburg Land Buy The Virginia DOT awarded $432,000 in TE funding to help the Civil War Trust purchase and preserve Mount Defiance near Middleburg, VA. The five acres of Civil War Battlefield will become a conservation easement and will be turned over to the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Civil War News, Friday, June 01, 2012

Flowery Branch, GA: Flowery Branch finishes sprucing up downtown A TE project to improve Railroad Avenue in Flowery Branch, Georgia was just completed. The project included new sidewalks, decorative streetlights and other flourishes, including landscaping, to complement the downtowns historic flavor. Gainsville Times, Thursday, May 31, 2012

Versailles, KY: Woodford Co. briefs: Bluegrass Railroad Museum celebrates renovation project The Back to the River project at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum is now complete. The TE project helped restore a 108 foot timber trestle, including the replacement of 5,100 wooden cross ties, the spreading of limestone ballast, and more. Kentucky.com, Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Portland, ND: Historic North Dakota bridge re-dedicated The North Dakota Department of Transportation held a re-dedication ceremony for the first vehicular bridge in the state. The Viking Bridge, originally built in 1885, was rehabilitated with the help of TE funding and will not only continue service but help preserve history. Valley News Live, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Springfield, MO: Dedication Marks Completion of Fassnight Park Waterway Improvements $200,000 in TE funding has helped to build the Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail alongside Fassnight Park. The trail building coincides with a major stormwater/waterway improvement project at the 1920s era park. Ozarks First, Saturday, May 12, 2012

Washington, DC: Transportation enhancements mean greater safety for all users of America's roads U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood discusses the importance of Federal funding sources to build complete streets which are both safely and efficiently move all modes of transportation. United States Department Of Transportation, Friday, February 24, 2012

Washington, DC: TE projects create more jobs per dollar than highway projects A recent (January 2012) report from AASHTO and the Transportation Research Board found that under ARRA, TE projects were the most labor intensive and created the most jobs per $ million spent. TE projects created 17.03 jobs per $ million spent, while the national average for all types of project was 10.55 jobs/$ million. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Friday, January 13, 2012

Detroit, MI: TE funds attract private investment in Detroit Once a poorly used and barren riverfront, Detroits five-mile River Walk is transforming the riverfront and spurring development. With the dedication of over $3.5 million in TE funds, GM agreed to $25 million of work on adjacent property and the Kresge Foundation contributed $50 million, which has led to new gardens and walks, new and refurbished buildings, and new businesses. The Detroit News, Thursday, November 24, 2011

Washington, DC: Anacostia trail network connects communities, offers commuters options Another segment of the Anacostia River Trail Network opened to great praise from US Secretary Ray LaHood, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and US Senator Ben Cardin. Fast Lane, Monday, November 07, 2011

Chicago, IL: FACT CHECK: GOP Lawmakers Spin Funding Tall Tales Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/30/3238212/fact-check-gop-lawmakers-spin.html#ixzz1cMhXdln5 In recent weeks, attacks on the Transportation Enhancements program have been frequent. During most of these attacks, certain projects have been misrepresented and embellished by lawmakers to make their point. The Chicago Tribune, Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winter Garden, FL: Bike trails contribute $42 million to local economy Three rail-trails in Orange County, FL, including the TE-funded West Orange Trail, have 1.7 million visitors each year. The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council studied the popular trails, finding that they contribute $42 million to the local economy each year and support 516 jobs. Orlando Sentinel, Monday, October 17, 2011

Nashville, TN: 10 Great Places in America selected for 2011 The American Planning Association released a list of 10 locations with a sense of community, character, and a sense of place. Of the 10 Great Places in America selected for 2011, the Bicentennial Capital Mall Park in Nashville, Tennessee was selected. Three TE award in 1994 helped to fund the construction of the mall. American Planners Association, Saturday, October 01, 2011

Monroe, IA: New bike path opens in Jasper County A new bike path on the former Iowa Interstate Railroad tracks opened in Jasper County, Iowa. The trail runs from Monroe to Prairie City and was funded with $71,000 in TE funds. Plans are to continue the trail so it connects with the Volksweg Trail. Newton Daily News, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mechanicsville, MD: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Phase V of Three Notch Trail The fifth phase of the Three Notch Trail in St. Marys county, MD is near completion. The official opening and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011. In addition to this three mile section, four additional phases of the trail are planned to complete the trail. The Bay Net, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fryeburg, ME: Paving completed on first part of Fryeburg Rail Trail On October 1st, 2011 paving will be complete on a 1.5 mile section of the Mountain Division Rail Trail in Fryeburg, ME. The soon to be completed section will be one piece of a 52 mile Rail Trail running from Portland to Fryeburg. The acquisition of the ROW and construction were funded with TE funds. The Conway Daily Sun, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Canton, CT: Completion of Rail Trails a Test for Malloy and the 'New DOT' The opening of the Farmington River Trail near Canton, CT signalizes the importance of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funding. The CT Mirror, Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dennison, OH: Depot to Celebrate Landmark Status With Gala Thanks to Transportation Enhancement funding the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum has been designated a National Historic Landmark. TE funding helped to restore the museum and several rail cars as well as to construct a new museum wing. Times Reporter, Saturday, August 06, 2011

Aspen Hill, MD: Pedestrian Bridge Opens in Aspen Hill The Rock Creek Trail Bridge officially opened in Aspen Hill providing bikers and hikers with a safe and convenient travel option. Rockville Patch, Monday, July 25, 2011

Willow Creek, CA: When Main Street Is a Highway One Northern California town follows the success of another in slowing down heavy drive-through traffic; now locals can walk safely and visitors are stopping in. Daily Yonder, Monday, June 27, 2011

Minneapolis, MN: Minneapolis opens its first bike boulevard The first bicycle boulevard opened in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday June 11, 2011. The Riverlake Greenway runs from Lake Harriet east to the Mississippi river. The greenway was funded with $367,000 in Transportation Enhancement funds and $92,000 in local match funds. The project included traffic calming measures, landscaping, and streetscape amenities. NBC Kare 11, Monday, June 13, 2011

Ypsilanti, MI: Cross Street getting makeover. Michigan State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle says streetscapes like the ongoing $1 million project in Ypsilanti are "the 'behind the scenes' projects that can dramatically increase the success of a community in attracting residents and businesses.'" The Eastern Echo, Monday, May 30, 2011

Cumberland, MD: First US interstate marks 200 years of vital service. 29 TE projects totaling $12.5 million in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Indiana have supported enhancements to the historic National Road. These projects include visitor centers, signage, streetscaping, and historic interpretation. Fast Lane: the Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Friday, May 06, 2011

LaPlace, LA: First phase of St. John levee path coming soon. Another link in a multiuse path connecting New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the Mississippi River levee is being constructed with Transportation Enhancements funding. The Times-Picayune, Friday, April 29, 2011

Charlestown, IN: Rose Island Bridge is Blooming: Historical span connects to Rose Island in Charlestown State Park The restoration and relocation of the historic Portersville Bridge to Charlestown State Park is almost complete. Originally constructed in 1912, the bridge will now serve as a pedestrian bridge. It will provide access to Rose Island, a former amusement park located within the state park. The News and Tribune, Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pleasanton, CA: Hitting Pleasanton's trails for wellness. The Arroyo Mocho Trail, which was built with TE funds in 2002, will host a new privately-sponsored wellness initiative in 2011. Local residents can meet up for guided walks to get active and experience area nature. The Contra Costa Times, Thursday, February 17, 2011

Montpelier, VT: Gov. Shumlin announces $2.9 million in Transportation Enhancements Grants Governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin announced a new round of Transportation Enhancement Grants. Out of 24 applications, 18 were selected throughout the state. He discussed the importance of building livable communities as well as State and Local partnerships. State of Vermont: Office of the Governor, Friday, January 28, 2011

Independence, MO: Independence Awarded Funding by MARC Two separate Transportation Enhancement Grants have been awarded to the City of Independence, Missouri. One project is the restoration of the Delaware Historic Streetscape while the other is enhancing the streetscape of the Englewood Art District. City of Independence Missouri, Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wright City, MO: Warrenton, Wright City to receive funds for lighting, sidewalk projects Warrenton and Wright City will receive Transportation Enhancement Grants for scenic beautification and streetscape upgrades. These upgrades include sidewalk renovations and historic lighting along Old Highway 40. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Louisville, KY: Obstacles remain, but Ohio River 'dreamway' taking shape. A lot of local cross-jurisdictional effort combined with TE funds is needed to cut and polish a regional transportation gem, the Kentuckiana River Trail. The Courier-Journal, Sunday, January 02, 2011

Amsterdam, NY: Canal trail Closer to Completion. With the assistance of a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant, the Erie canal way Trail is one step closer to completion. An abandoned railway corridor was purchased from CSX and future funds will help pay for construction. The completion of the trail will increase tourism as well as improve accessibility. The Leader-Herald, Monday, November 22, 2010

Manchester, CT: One Big Step For Trail Users. Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut announced that 50% of the state's TE funds will be reserved for bicycle and pedestrian projects at a news conference on November 19. This policy change is part of five immediate program changes at the state DOT to move towards providing a more balanced, multimodal transportation network that includes safe and convenient walking and bicycling options. The Hartford Courant, Friday, November 19, 2010

Cumberland, MD: Hikers, bikers boost business along Md. trail. Over $17 million in TE funds from Pennsylvania and Maryland have been invested in the Great Allegheny Passage, a rail-trail running from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. The 100+ mile trail crosses the Allegheny Mountains on spectacular railroad bridges and tunnels, bringing economic development through tourist dollars to the small towns it connects. The Washington Examiner, Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Onalaska, WI: Onalaska Awarded WisDOT Grant. An $839,298 TE Grant has been awarded to the city of Onalaska for improvements to the scenic Great River Road. Improvements will include new LED streetlights, enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access, and landscaping. LaCrosse Tribune, Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kernville, CA: Kernville plans for 'walkable' community. Almost $1 million in TE funds will transform downtown Kernsville from a 4-lane, 35 MPH speedway into a 2-lane, 25 MPH multimodal streetscape. Kern Valley Sun, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Jamestown, ND: 281 tree planting marks Arbor Day. The median of Highway 281 in Jamestown was planted with 380 trees using a $125,000 TE grant. While Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated in May, fall is the best season for tree planting. The Jamestown Sun, Monday, October 18, 2010

Indianapolis, IN: Who's paying for the I-70 facelift? Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. completes a $2 million beautification of a six-mile corridor on I-70 in Indianapolis. The project included a $1 million cash match from Eli Lilly, and volunteer labor from over 8,000 Eli Lilly employees as part of their annual Day of Service. WISH (Channel 8), Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Mankato, MN: Long-awaited Minneopa bike/pedestrian trail is off & biking. A new 2.5 mile trail connecting Minneopa State Park with a larger regional trail and park network illustrates the challenges (assembling funding and easements) and achievements (new connections, destinations, health benefits) of building bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The Mankato Free Press, Saturday, October 02, 2010

Dallas, TX: Follow the trail, and you soon can go all over town. When complete, the Dallas Katy Trail will be 3.5 miles long, connecting the Dallas light rail system and several employment centers. Transportation Enhancement funds are helping to construct the trail and connect it to a larger 17-mile trail system that includes the White Rock Creek trail system. The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, August 15, 2010

Louisville, KY: Kentucky to donate $10M to Parklands of Floyds Fork. Four thousand acres of land in the Floyds Fork watershed of Jefferson County will be protected and improved, including trail connections to the Louisville Loop (a trail "beltway" for Louisville), as parkland using TE funds. Business First of Louisville, Monday, August 09, 2010

Salem, OR: Pedestrian span garners another award for Salem. The Union Street Railroad Bridge in Salem, OR topped 89 other projects to be honored by the Federal Highway Administration with the 2010 Transportation Planning Excellence Award. The Statesman Journal, Thursday, July 22, 2010

La Crosse, WI: City centers seen as key to communities' futures. Streetscaping, trails, and rehabilitiated railroad depots are all part of the downtown revitalization movement happening around La Crosse. These most recent TE-funded projects build on over a decade of TE investment, including the La Crosse River Trail. The La Crosse Tribune, Monday, July 12, 2010

Columbus, OH: Hospital-connected rehab draws Obama trip. A comprehensive streetscape project on Livingston and Parsons Avenues in Columbus, OH, will transform the built environment of the neighborhood in support of ongoing economic development in the area. President Obama visited the project to mark the milestone of groundbreaking on the 10,000th project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Columbus Dispatch, Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dyersburg, TN: Veterans Square renovation begins. The Dyer County courthouse square and surrounding historic district are getting new sidewalks, historic lighting, and additional landscaping consistent with the historic charm of the 183-year-old plaza. The project provides safe and ADA-accessible infrastructure for pedestrians. Dyersburg State Gazette, Thursday, June 17, 2010

Salida, CO: Ribbon cutting marks U.S. 50 project completion. A community-driven streetscaping project funded through both regular and Recovery Act TE funds is now complete. Volunteer labor from design experts also contributed to the project. The Mountain Mail, Thursday, May 13, 2010

Glenwood Springs, CO: Road, bridge work in full swing in Glenwood Springs. Two Rivers Park is separated from downtown Glenwood Springs by Interstate 70. A pedestrian bridge funded by TE will provide nonmotorized access to the popular local recreation and event venue. The Post Independent, Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Madison, WI: Federal grant to build longer 'interstate' for bikers. The final segment necessary to link downtown Madison with the Illinois state border via a fully off-road facility will be completed with TE funds. Previous segments were also made possible through Transportation Enhancements. The new six-mile segment will allow cyclists to avoid riding on the shoulder of an interstate. WKOW, Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Williamsport, MD: State to help pay for C&O Canal repair. The state of Maryland announced recently that it would use a $4.4 million TE grant to fill the funding gap for a $16.6 million project that intends on stabilizing a 3-mile damaged portion of the C&O Canal. This section, known as the Big Slackwater, is the only impassable portion of the 184.5-mile trail. Restoration of the towpath will result in increased safety for walkers and bicyclists who previously had to utilize a dangerous 4.5-mile detour. The Herald-Mail, Friday, January 15, 2010

Tucson, AZ: San Xavier District dedicates new pedestrian plaza, sidewalks at Mission. The San Xavier reservation of the Tohono O'odham Nation is home to the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark. A $500,000 TE grant in 2009 modernized the mission plaza with new sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic calming to facilitate bus and bicycle traffic to the popular religious and historic tourist destination.. The Tucson Citizen, Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Indianapolis, IN: Project aims to spruce up a prime gateway to Indy. A $1 million contribution from local employer Eli Lilly provided a whopping 50% match to a federal TE grant to beautify the entrance to Indianapolis from the airport along I-70. The Indianapolis Star, Monday, December 14, 2009

Kansas City, MO: MoDOT completes stimulus project. TE funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have built sidewalks, crosswalks, and bus shelters along Highway 1 in Kansas City North. Sun Tribune, Thursday, December 03, 2009

Dallas, TX: Secretary Ray LaHood to visit Dallas on Monday. Secretary LaHood visited a TE project in Dallas, where TE funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are helping to build a deck park over the Woodall Rogers Freeway. The park includes bicycle and pedestrian connections between downtown Dallas and uptown neighborhoods, as well as community facilities. Learn more at the project's website. Dallas South News, Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Statewide, MD: Biking Coal Countrys Tracks and Tunnels. The Great Allegheny Passage, which stretches 132 miles from Cumberland, MD to McKeesport, PA was constructed using TE funds in both Maryland and Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s. Today the trail is an international tourist destination. The New York Times, Friday, October 23, 2009

Monroe County, FL: Florida's Overseas Highway recognized as an 'All-American Road'. The Overseas Highway connects the Florida Keys on a series of 42 bridges, 37 of which are modern bridges dating from 1982. The older bridges still stand, and are being developed into the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail with the help of Transportation Enhancement funds. The scenic highway project, which includes the trail project, has been recognized as one of just 30 US roadways to be designated unique All-American Roads by the National Scenic Byways program. USA Today, Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bridgeport, MI: Bridgeport looks to save the bridge that's the village's symbol. The structure that puts the "bridge" in Bridgeport is dangerously close to collapsing into the Cass River and has been closed to all traffic. A Transportation Enhancement grant will help this economically struggling community restore the one-lane span. The Saginaw News, Sunday, September 06, 2009

Bellingham, WA: Bellingham parks to unveil Inspiration Point project. Inspiration Point, a 100-year old historic overlook from the early days of automobiles, offers views of the San Juan Islands. The overlook will be restored and access improved using Transportation Enhancement funds matched with revenue from a local open space tax. The Bellingham Herald, Friday, August 21, 2009

Cambridge, IN: Historic U.S. 40 gets a polish. Streetscaping beautification of segments of the Old National Road in three communities in Indiana is going forward thanks to Transportation Enhancement funds. The projects will add grass medians to the nation's first federally funded highway, which is also designated as a scenic byway. In addition, lighting, trees and street furniture will be installed. The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hood River, OR: A big day for Oregon icons. Another segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway has been opened for bicyclists and pedestrians, connecting two state parks. The Oregonian, Saturday, August 15, 2009

Statewide, ND: Out on the road in North Dakota. North Dakota TE manager Ben Kubischta is interviewed in this piece, which highlights the tourism-related economic development benefits of Transportation Enhancements. TE projects highlighted in the article include the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and educational interpretation of the state's scenic byways. The Jamestown Sun, Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Denver, CO: Biking, walking a secret weapon. The case for Transportation Enhancements: active transportation means cleaner air and more exercise for busy Americans. The Denver Post, Sunday, July 19, 2009

Montgomery, AL: Part of Old Cloverdale to be new again. Streetscaping in a historic Montgomery neighborhood is part of the mayor's vision for transportation that considers more than just "the movement of traffic," and also takes into account the appearance and walkability of projects. The project plan centers on the economic development potential of Transportation Enhancement activities. The Montgomery Advertiser, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bristol, TN: High Knob Tower Rebuilding Project To Get Federal Boost. The High Knob tower of Wise County, VA, a fire lookout tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1938, was destroyed by arson in 2007. Transportation Enhancements funds will play a critical role in leveraging the local funds necessary to rebuild the iconic structure. Bristol Herald Courier, Saturday, July 04, 2009

Raleigh, NC: 36 Hours in Research Triangle, N.C. The Reedy Creek Greenway, which includes the art installation "Gyre" by Thomas Sayre, is pictured in this New York Times travel essay. The greenway is a 5.3 mile mixed-use trail connecting employers, educational institutions, arts/community centers, nature trails, and neighborhoods in Wake County, NC. The New York Times, Sunday, June 14, 2009

West Michigan, MI: Federal grants boost Silver Lake, Grant. Local officials in western Michigan are excited about the manifold economic impacts of community investment through Transportation Enhancements. In addition to increasing safety and aethetics, TE grants to small towns support local businesses and create jobs. The Muskegon Chronicle, Saturday, June 13, 2009

Southern Maryland, MD: Md. Moves Forward with One Million Tree Initiative. Hundreds of thousands of trees are being planted along roadways and the state parks of Maryland thanks to a $800,000 TE grant. These trees sequester carbon, prevent erosion, provide habitat and shade, and purify air. The project demonstrates the state's commitment to greener infrastructure, protecting the Chesapeake Bay, and supporting resource-based industry. Southern Maryland Online, Monday, June 08, 2009

Augusta, GA: Walkway work to re-create Teardrop. A historic throughfare and meeting place on the campus of Augusta State University will be reconstructed by combining private donations with Transportation Enhancements funds. The Augusta Chronicle, Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ithaca, NY: Who's minding Tompkins' small bridges? The myriad gorges of Ithaca, NY in Tompkins County make getting around tricky. Dozens of pedestrian bridges enable travelers to reach their destinations using more direct routes, but such bridges require oversight and maintenance. Over $1 million in Transportation Enhancements funding will go to the 300 foot long span of the Columbia Street bridge in Ithaca to repair this key piece of transportation infrastructure. The Ithaca Journal, Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Plainfield, IN: Main Street project is more than skin deep. Enhancement funds will be combined with federal stimulus money and other state and federal funds to reconstruct Main Street in Plainfield, IN. The comprehensive project includes bridge replacement, resurfacing, sidewalks, lighting, signs, signals, and modernization of the stormwater system. The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, April 23, 2009

Salem, OR: Residents relish new Salem river crossing. An abandoned railroad bridge becomes a bicycle and pedestrian amenity linking neighborhoods over the Willamette River. The Statesman Journal, Sunday, April 19, 2009

Machipongo, VA: Restoring Black History. A $289,000 TE grant will help restore a piece of architectural history from the pre-Civil War freedmen's community of the Delmarva peninsula. Delmarva Daily Times, Sunday, April 05, 2009

Durham, NH: Where the Sidewalk Ends: Town, UNH Plan Maine Street-West Improvements Durham's Main Street, near the University of New Hampsire, will soon include bike lanes, a multi-use path, and solar-powered crosswalk signs! The New Hampshire, Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Washington, DC: Obama's Stimulus Package Benefits Bicycling The economic recovery package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama contains $825 million for TE projects around the nation! Bikeradar.com, Friday, February 20, 2009

Springfield, UT: Springdale Trail Proposed, Zion Park to Rockville. The town of Springdale, near Zion National Park, receives $100,000 in TE money to fund preliminary studies on a countywide trail system for biking, walking, jogging, and skating. Hurricane Valley Journal, Monday, January 26, 2009

Swansboro, NC: Pedestrain Access Getting a Boost in Swansboro. A large grant from TE will allow a small North Carolina town to construct its first comprehensive sidewalk connecting the downtown to the local park and waterfront. Jacksonville Daily News, Monday, January 26, 2009

Dayton, OH: Bike, Pedestrian Advocates Smile at Obama package. Bike and pedestrian advocates are excited about the high possibility that safety and transportation enhancements will be included in the economic stimulus package. Dayton Daily News, Friday, January 16, 2009

Hartford, CT: Plan Would Put Collinsville Dams Back To Work. The Farmington River Trail, a TE project from the early '90s, may soon have a new destination along its path: a working hydroelectric dam! Hartford Courant, Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Johannesburg, MI: Johannesburg Streetscape Project Approved. Hoping to slow down traffic near a local school, the town of Johannesburg has received TE funds to beautify several blocks with improved sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, and a memorial. Gaylord Herald-Times, Monday, January 12, 2009

Annandale, MN: Another Trail's in the Works. A Minnesota town that received $172,000 in TE funds for a bike trail downtown is making plans to create more bike trails throughout the entire community. The trails will provide bikers, especially children, with a safe way to get around town without using the busy county roads. The Annandale Advocate, Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sheffield, AL: High-tech archaeology set for historic landing. The Tuscumbia Landing site on the Tennessee River was first constructed by a Cherokee chief to facilitate trade, and has since played a role in the Trail of Tears, the Civil War, and early Alabama industrial development. TE funds will be used to explore the buried past of this historic transportation point, including possible cemeteries. The Times Daily, Saturday, December 27, 2008

Murrysville, PA: Murrysville Leaders Endorse Long-Awaited Streetscape Plan Murrysville received $739,167 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to begin a streetscape project which will include developing a sidewalk pattern around a downtown square area. Street lighting, curbs, and benches are also goals of the project to establish a pedestrian-friendly downtown that will be attractive to new businesses. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Monday, January 28, 2008

Bennington, VT: Bennington awarded funds for streetscape Bennington was awarded $150,000 from the Vermont Department of Transportation to continue streetscape improvements along Pleasant Street. The project includes paving sidewalks and adding street lighting. Rutland Herald, Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lafayette, TN: Lafayette prepares to start work on streetscape project LaFayette began phase one of a project, funded in part by transportation enhancements, to improve the streetscape running east from Walker County Courthouse. The includes the construction of new sidewalks, park benches, and trees, and other landscaping. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Monday, January 21, 2008

Delphi, IN: Pride, Vision, Cash propel Delphi's growth An expected $1.3 million, funded partially by transportation enhancements, will be used toward expanding the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center in Delphi. The center, which opened in 2003, has attracted tourists from all 50 states as well as those of international origin. The expansion will include the construction of a warehouse, canal boat, and dock in order to accommodate more people in the center. Journal and Courier, Sunday, January 20, 2008

Oxford, MS: Traffic route enhancements a priority for Oxford Oxford received transportation enhancements for an expansion of its pathway project. Phase one of the project, already completed, included the construction of new bike lanes, the conversion of a rail bed into a bike path, and the construction of a bridge across Jackson Avenue. The expansion will include creating a core loop of bike lanes, a park between Jackson Avenue and the City Pool, lighting along the rail bed, and walking lanes. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Sunday, January 20, 2008

Flint, MI: Third Avenue Corridor getting $1 million beautification project Flint was awarded $730,000 in transportation enhancements for the beautification of Third Avenue corridor that links the Kettering University campus to downtown Flint. The project will include pedestrian decorative lighting, rain gardens, benches, and bike racks. The Flint Journal, Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Laurel, MS: Laure's Rails to Trails to feature public art Laurel's Rails to Trails project, funded in part by transportation enhancements, will provide a new trail system, using paved rail track beds, between the Laurel Train Depot and Gardiner Park. An information kiosk will also be built in the architectural style of the depot, surrounded by benches, and a water fountain. The project will also include the reconstruction of a bridge over Teresa Street. An exciting feature of this project is the creation of the public art display of a ghost train using metal pieces and acrylic on the chain link fence on the Teresa Street Overpass. This portion of the project will include the particpation of the Laurel Rogers Museum of Art and surrounding schools. Laurel Leader Call, Monday, January 07, 2008

Winter, WI: Winter Depot moved to serve as tourist center The Winter Railroad Depot, built by the Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Omaha Railway in 1905, was moved 100 feet from its original location to serve as an information center and Tuscobia Trail head. The refurbishing of the old depot will be funded by transportation enhancements. Members of the Winter Area Chamber of Commerce believe that the new information center will not only welcome tourists, but also spur economic growth in the community. Sawyer County Record, Monday, December 31, 2007

Princeton, WV: Railroad Museum preserves heritage As Princeton reviews the major events that took place within the city in 2006, the creation of a historic railroad museum funded with a TE award was recognized for its contribution to preserving the citys railroad heritage. Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Friday, December 29, 2006

Armstrong County, PA: Nature Lovers Laud New Attraction Armstrong County now hosts the newly reconstructed Cowanshannock Trail. The TE-funded 1.3 mile trail follows the path of the former Pennsylvania Railroad bed. The Pittsburgh Leader Times, Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Billings, MT: New trail sections dedicated. The completion of two stretches of trail was recently celebrated in Billings, Montana. The new segments are part of two of the citys major trails: the Stewart Park Trail and the Big Ditch Trail. They connect area trails and also provide key connection for a safe route to school. Billings Gazette, Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Atlanta, GA: 5th Street Bridge: Green path over Connector, Unique project ties Tech campus to new buildings TE funds help transform a span over Atlantas I-75/I-85 into a pedestrian/bicycle-friendly park hovering 17 feet above the highway that safely connects buildings of Georgia Techs campus. The bridge was widened to incorporate bicycle paths, landscaping, lampposts, trellises and benches. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tuesday, December 05, 2006

King County, WA: New bridge, wider path for Sammamish Trail. TE-funded Sammamish Trail has recently undergone several improvements, including a repaved, widened path. In addition, the trail now sports an underpass beneath York Bridge, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to avoid the busy traffic they once had to contend with. The Seattle Times, Friday, December 01, 2006

Plymouth, IN: Happy trails to you in Plymouth Residents of Plymouth Indiana can now enjoy 2.2 miles of paved trail that meanders throughout the community, connecting schools, parks, rivers and neighborhoods. A $1.2 million TE award helped fund the trail. South Bend Tribute, Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Santa Cruz County, AZ: 75 Acres near Sonoita shielded A $585,000 Transportation Enhancement award helped fund the purchase of a conservation easement of 75 acres land within a unique oak grassland ecosystem in southeastern Arizona. Nogales International, November 20, 2006. Nogales International, Monday, November 20, 2006

Sonoita, AZ: 75 Acres near Sonoita shielded. A $585,000 Transportation Enhancement award helped fund the purchase of a conservation easement for 75 acres land within a unique oak grassland ecosystem in southeastern Arizona. Nogales International, Monday, November 20, 2006

Ripley, WV: Down on Main Street. New and existing businesses and shops are thriving after a recent streetscaping project in downtown, Norman. Transportation Enhancement funds helped to renovate the downtown area, which included improvements to historical lighting, landscaping and a reconfiguring of infrastructure. The Norman Transcript, Sunday, November 12, 2006

Norman, OK: Down on Main Street New and existing businesses and shops are thriving after a recent streetscaping project in downtown, Norman. Transportation Enhancement funds helped to renovate the downtown area, which included improvements to historical lighting, landscaping and a reconfiguring of infrastructure. The Norman Transcript, Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cleveland, OH: Falcon's flight heralds opening of two bridges. Twin spans opened up in Cleveland, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath to traverse over two busy highways. Transportation Enhancements helped fund the bridges, along with cooperation from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Cleveland Metroparks. The Sun News, Thursday, November 09, 2006

Manheim, PA: Looking 125 years younger. The Manheim Historical Society recently hosted the grand opening of the newly restored Manheim Railroad Station, which has been restored to its 1881 appearance. The $800,000 project was funded by Transportation Enhancements and donations from area businesses and residents. Lancaster New Era, Wednesday, October 25, 2006

State of Indiana, IN: State's Largest Seed Farm Established in Jefferson County. TE funds are helping to beautify Indianas roads with the Indiana Roadside Heritage Program. Seed farms are created to grow native wildflowers and grasses for the states right-of-ways. Inside Indiana Business Report, Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Forest City, PA: Rail-trail to reopen 10 miles. The first 10 miles of the 38-mile D&H rail-trail have been fully renovated and are open to the public. The Times-Tribune, Friday, September 22, 2006

Aurora, IL: Walking trail impresses. The public lauded a new stretch of rail-trail between Aurora and Lawrenceburg, looking forward to its completion. The Journal-Press, Thursday, September 21, 2006

Edwardsville, IL: Center Grove Road reopens near school, Tunneled walkway should be ready to open for school. A recently constructed tunnel beneath a busy road will provide safer passage for students walking between their school and a nearby sports complex. The tunnel was constructed with the help of TE funds. Belleville News Democrat, Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Albany, WY: Medicine Bow Railway is Bicyclists Dream. A TE-funded rail-trail was recently completed that meanders along the former Snowy Range Railway line through Wyomings Medicine Bow National Forest. Associated Press, Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Topeka, KS: Trail may some day connect to regional network. Two miles of tranquil trail surrounding Topekas Lake Shawnee were recently opened with the help of a $1 million TE award. Topeka Capital-Journal, Friday, September 01, 2006

Bellevue, KY: Bellevue Shines Light on Project. Residents and businesses applaud new old-fashioned gas-style street lights, paid for with a Transportation Enhancement award, in the historic business district of Bellevue. Community Press & Recorder, Thursday, August 31, 2006

Emerald Isle, NC: Emerald Isle cyclists can blaze a new trail. A $140,000 Transportation Enhancements award helped to fund the creation of an additional two miles on Emerald Isles bicycle path, bringing the path into the central business district to town hall. The Daily News, Saturday, July 29, 2006

Kent Island, MD: The new Kent Island South Trail opens on July 29. A two and a half mile section of the Kent Island South Trail is opening up for public use in Queen Anne County in Maryland. The trail is designed to connect residents with neighboring communities, golf courses, piers, and parks. The Capital, Thursday, July 27, 2006

Lycoming County, PA: Pine Creek Trail Southern Connection to Jersey Shore Open in Lycoming County. The southern terminus of the Pine Creek Rail-Trail was recently completed, connecting users to the local establishments and businesses in Jersey Shore, PA. Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources press release, Thursday, July 20, 2006

Belton, TX: Hike and bike trail opens in Belton. The city of Belton achieved its own aspirations as it opened its very first hike and bike trail, funded with Transportation Enhancements dollars. News 8 Austin, Saturday, July 01, 2006

Baltimore, MD: Maritime park in Fells Point to honor abolitionist Douglass. Baltimores first black maritime history museum and park officially opens on June 28, with the help of a $1 million Transportation Enhancements award. The Living Classroom honors Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers. Baltimore Business Journal, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Fleming County, KY: Goddard Covered Bridge will open by end of summer. Almost all of the work to renovate Kentuckys Goddard Covered Bridge is complete. TE funds helped to renovate the bridge in a safe and historically accurate manner. The Ledger Independent, Monday, June 05, 2006

Herkimer, NY: Canal Corporation Celebrates National Trails Day. A nine-mile segment of New Yorks Erie Canalway Trail was officially opened on National Trails Day as part of an overall effort to create a greenway between the Hudson River and Lake Erie. NYS Canal Corporation press release, Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mifflinburg, PA: Improvements under way on Chestnut Street in Mifflinburg. Transportation Enhancements funds in Pennsylvania are helping to beautify Mifflinburgs Chestnut Street with decorative brick sidewalks, shade trees, benches and receptacles. The Daily Item, Friday, May 26, 2006

Purcellville, VA: Purcellville 'Gateway' Parking Lot Completed. The town of Purcellville, VA created an attractive gateway into their town with the enhanced landscaping and a decorative gazebo. Leesburg Today, Friday, May 26, 2006

Leelanau County, MI: Suttons Bay Township gets a sudden infusion of funding from both the state and federal governments making the 47 acre 45th Parallel Park a reality. A TE award of $335,200 and a $83,800 grant from MDOT has made the project move forward faster than anyone expected. Leelanau Enterprise, Thursday, May 18, 2006

Great Falls, MT: Historic preservation efforts honored. Projects highlighting historic preservation were honored in Montanas Cascade County, including the Transportation Enhancements funded renovation of a building from the 1920s. Great Falls Tribune, Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beaver Falls, PA: Trailblazing: Beaver County welcomes first rails-to-trails project. A new rail-trail has recently opened in Beaver Falls, constructed with the help of a $263,000 Transportation Enhancements award. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thursday, April 27, 2006

State of West Virginia, WV: Film Profiles States Bridges. A $100,000 TE award helped fund an educational film archiving West Virginias bridges as part of the history of the states transportation system. The State Journal, Monday, March 20, 2006

Sammamish, WA: East Sammamish Trail Finally Opening. A newly opened 11 mile rail-trail provides a critical link in a 40-mile trail system in King County. Seattle Times, Saturday, March 18, 2006

Anamosa, IA: Bridge flies off into the sky. A historic bridge in Hale, IA was relocated to Wapsipinicon State Park where it will be part of a three-mile recreational trail. DesMoines Register, Thursday, March 09, 2006

Brenham, TX: Downtown's Alamo Alley about to become reality. Alamo Alley, a once dismal-looking alley, will soon be a landscaped pedestrian walkway connecting Alamo Street Boutiques to Main Street due to Transportation Enhancements funding. Brenham Banner-Press, Thursday, January 26, 2006

Portage, MI: Bikeway Ensures Safe Travel. The bicycle-friendly town of Portage added two more miles of trail to their Northwest Portage Bikeway with the help of a $276,000 Transportation Enhancements award. American City & County, Thursday, December 01, 2005

Fremont, OH: Trail Set to Open. A new section of Ohios North Coast Inland Trail recently opened in Fremont. The newly established 1.6 miles is part of a developing rail-trail that will run across Ohio from Pennsylvania to Indiana. The Toledo Blade, Saturday, October 15, 2005

Cape Charles, VA: Renovated train station to open. The Bloxom railroad station, abandoned and on the brink of destruction in 1988, has been restored for use at Cape Charles Museum. Two Transportation Enhancement awards helped restore the station and two railroad cars. Tasley Eastern Shore News, Friday, September 30, 2005

Blackfoot, ID: New trail paved at Jensen's Grove. Residents of Blackfoot can now travel between two popular destinations, separated by the Snake River, via a scenic recreational trail and pedestrian bridge. Idaho State Journal, Friday, August 19, 2005

New Hope, PA: Historically Restored Lock Celebrated at Delaware Canal State Park. Renovation of the only working lock on the historic Delaware Canal, formerly used for mule-drawn barges, was celebrated in New Hope, PA. Pennsylvania DCNR News Release, Friday, June 17, 2005

U.S. Route 30, PA: Lincoln Highway 200-Mile Roadside Museum Completed. Newly finished murals, painted vintage gas pumps, interpretive signage, historical photos, and programmatic architecture, serve as whimsical and informative beacons to travelers on this section of one of America's first coast-to-coast highways. Fulton County News, Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Santa Cruz, CA: Land Trust Completes Buena Vista Purchase. The Trust for Public Land and the California Wildlife Conservation Board announced they have closed on the sale of the largest undeveloped area of chaparral and coastal woodlands on the west side of Highway 1. Santa Cruz Sentinel, Saturday, June 12, 2004

Los Angeles, CA: Tentative Land Deal to Protect Historic Hearst Ranch. State agencies and conservation groups announced a tentative deal Friday to bar housing development on virtually all 82,000 acres of the Hearst Ranch, a stretch of coastal land that many consider among the most beautiful and threatened in California. North County Times, Friday, June 04, 2004

 

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