Gainesboro and Celina are creating resurfacing and striping plans through a state rural planning program.
Both municipalities applied for the same grant worth up to $25,000. Dale Hollow Rural Planning Coordinator Mark Dudney said the funds will pay for a consultant to provide each municipality a plan to refurbish roads.
“It is a planning document,” Dudney said. “It is not like you get money and go and stripe the roads. It is a planning document to do a professional assessment to show what is the best plan. Then, you implement later.”
Dudney said consultants submitted proposals Friday. Dudney said the consultant chosen will also create the plan for Jackson County’s Highway 56 corridor study.
“There are consultants that do planning and engineering and these types of projects,” Dudney said. “They provide recommendations for these communities, because there are communities in the Upper Cumberland that do not have on street parking, or they need some way finding.”
The grant is through the Rural Planning Initiative, which provides at-risk or distressed communities funds to create plans to improve transportation. Dudney said the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) will work internally to select the consultant with some help from TDOT.
Dudney said TDOT provided a list of consultants for the UCDD to pick from.