TIGER Grant Award

DSC 3033The City of Dahlonega has been awarded $5.1 million through the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

The funding will go towards the Downtown Dahlonega Complete Streets Corridor Improvements. These improvements will implement the community’s vision of a revitalized downtown that connects surrounding neighborhoods to the historic business district’s services and shopping, and the University of North Georgia’s education facilities. The project will provide critical sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian lighting; reduce conflict among transportation modes; and provide accessibility for bicycles and pedestrians to enhance safety; and reduce potential accidents and congestion in this important market center for rural North Georgia. Residents set these transportation choices as their highest priorities in public meetings and stakeholder input during the city’s extensive Downtown Master Plan process.

Preconstruction activities for Phase 3 will begin in 2015. Construction for Phase 1, 2, and 3 will be accomplished in incremental steps between 2016 and 2019.

Photo courtesy of The Dahlonega Nugget.

Pictured left to right: Joel Cordle, Director of the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program; City of Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough; Rebecca Shirley, Project Coordinator of the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program