Enhancing safety for pedestrians has been a long-time goal in Madison and Morgan County. State and federal funding will soon come down the pipeline to help Morgan County bring the goal to fruition.
On Monday, The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a grant for Morgan County to install pedestrian infrastructure, for those on foot or on bicycles. The City of Madison will use the funding to install 2,500 feet of new sidewalks and construct crosswalks among other initiatives.
According to the GDOT, the project will include the construction of approximately 2,500 feet of new sidewalk as well as pedestrian crosswalks; demolish and reconstruct the Wellington Park trail, which will yield approximately 850 feet of reconstructed sidewalk to be ADA compliant; and construct approximately 2,710 feet of natural boardwalk trails, providing connectivity to 25 percent of the city of Madison’s population.
The City of Madison was awarded $430,000 to begin preliminary engineering on the project as part of a grant awarded to Morgan and Greene Counties. According to the release, GDOT in partnership with the FHWA awarded two Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grants totaling $831,000 for development of pedestrian accommodations in Morgan County and a streetscape project in Greene County.
Gov. Brian Kemp praised the grant program as part of his agenda to improve rural Georgia.
“Strengthening and creating opportunities in rural Georgia is one of my top priorities,” Kemp said. “The TAP grants awarded are an excellent opportunity for smaller communities and local governments to move alternative transportation projects forward that will have positive and long-lasting benefits for the residents and visitors to rural Georgia. I appreciate the role that the Georgia DOT plays in ensuring these funds are appropriately awarded to better our local communities.”
According to GDOT, TAP provides an opportunity for local governments to pursue non-traditional transportation related activities, and the Georgia DOT call for projects is limited to areas of the state with population less than 200,000. Awarded funds consist of 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent local match. In total, nine community projects were awarded grants.
“TAP is a great opportunity for local organizations and governments to pursue projects that improve quality of life for citizens in their communities and which may not be possible without the additional funding,” said Georgia DOT Deputy Director of Planning Matt Markham.