Moore County receives a $200K grant for street improvements

Metro Highway Department will likely be spotted resurfacing roads along Main Street and other parts of the Lynchburg Historic District in 2024 thanks in part to a $200,000 CBDG grant. | File Photo

LOCAL NEWS | The public streets in historic downtown Lynchburg will get a facelift thanks to a state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). On Wednesday, state officials approved $36.6 million in CDBG grants, which will assist communities with infrastructure improvements, housing rehabilitations. and health and safety initiatives. Moore County received $200,000 and will be one of 78 communities awarded a grant. According to Roads Supervisor Shannon Cauble, that money will be used to resurface Main Street and other roads in the Lynchburg Historic District.

The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The Metro Council helped decide where the funds would be spent. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements, housing rehabilitation, health and safety projects, and other improvements to enhance the quality of life in Tennessee’s rural communities.

“Congratulations to the 78 communities receiving funding through the latest round of Community Development Block Grants,” said Governor Lee. “What happens in rural Tennessee matters to all Tennesseans, and these infrastructure improvements will be key in preparing communities for future economic development opportunities and continued growth. 

In addition to traditional community improvement and safety projects, funding was also made available for community development projects, such as sidewalk and walking trail improvements, street paving, and community centers. 

“To my knowledge, this is the first time these grants could be used for roads resurfacing and we’re excited to get the money to improve our local roads,” Cauble told The Times.

“Recruiting companies to Tennessee and supporting our state’s existing business is a small part of our role at TNECD. Before we can land a new project, celebrate an expansion or provide support to small businesses, we have to ensure that our communities have the infrastructure and quality of life to support and attract these economic development opportunities,” said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter. “The latest round of Community Development Block Grants is assisting 78 of Tennessee’s communities with needed updates that will boost their quality of life for years to come.”

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