Archive for August, 2016

Atlanta construction jobs created

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A new grant will ensure more Atlanta construction jobs are created.

Atlanta has been awarded a $10 million TIGER grant for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project. The TIGER grant will fund mobility, safety and aesthetic improvements on the seven-mile road from downtown Atlanta to the western limits of the city, enhancing access for the thousands of people who live, work and travel along the corridor.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive Innovation Corridor Project is the first of its kind in the U.S. The improvements to the seven-mile street will include synchronized traffic lights, new sidewalks and a multi-use trail with new landscaping, historic signage, street furniture, upgraded crosswalks, distinctive paving with ADA ramps, public art displays at major intersections, improved medians, new street lighting and a pocket park in the median of the road. The project will provide new mobility options and increase access to transit, employment centers and services along the length of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and will improve safety for all users of the corridor.

Additionally, the project promotes a range of affordable, accessible mobility options connecting residents of the corridor to rail stations, bus routes, trails, schools and more. The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works held multiple public meetings and incorporated residents’ input into the streetscape improvement plan.

Earlier this year, the Atlanta City Council passed legislation authorizing the City to partner with the Georgia Department of Transportation to begin resurfacing along the seven-mile corridor, allowing the City to further extend its resources. The total cost for the full Innovation Corridor Project is $22.9 million; TIGER grant will cover just under half of the full cost.

“For the eighth year running, TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” said Secretary Foxx. “This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems. A great TIGER program doesn’t just improve transportation; it expands economic opportunity and transforms a community.”

The highly competitive TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs. This year’s awards focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural.