Decision Due Soon On $1.6 Million For South Chickamauga Greenway

Friday, January 21, 2005

Congress will decide soon on a bill that includes funding for a 7-mile stretch of the South Chickamauga Creek Trail and Bikeway.

Rob Healy of Chattanooga Outdoors said, "Congressman Zach Wamp has been working to obtain $1.6 million for this project from upcoming federal transportation reauthorization legislation. Congress will decide on transportation and trail funding in the next several weeks, so action now is critical.

"A local foundation has committed the necessary matching funds ($400,000) required for federal funding, making a total of $2 million for this project."

Mr. Healy noted that Congress is in the process of rewriting the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which authorizes federal surface transportation programs. Included in this bill will be funding for specific projects known as High Priority Projects. In addition to roads, bridges, and rail projects, related activities such as bikeways and walkways can also be funded.

Mr. Healy said, "This provides an opportunity to secure funding for important greenway projects such as the South Chickamauga Creek Trail and Bikeway in Chattanooga."

He is urging citizens to contact members of Congress and urge support for the bill that includes the greenway funding.

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