Turn lanes, bike lanes coming to Union Avenue - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Turn lanes, bike lanes coming to Union Avenue

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Traffic on Union Avenue in Memphis could improve soon, thanks to a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). 

The grant will allow for turn lanes and bike lanes on the busy Memphis street. 

Tuesday, Governor Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer announced a $950,000 Multimodal Access Grant to the City of Memphis for the Union Avenue Complete Streets Project. 

The project includes the reconfiguration of roadway striping to add bike lanes and a 2-way left turn lane, repair and replacement of sidewalk panels, upgrades to pedestrian crossings, and relocation of transit shelters. 

The improvements will allow safe access to a number of commercial, medical and educational destinations, including LeBonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Sciences College, Regional One Health Hospital, Southwest TN Community College, and Sun Studios. 

It's unclear if that means drivers will see changes to all of Union Avenue or certain parts.
 
“Improving our facilities for walking, biking, and transit is critical to the continued growth and success of our towns and cities, and these grants help make our communities across Tennessee more livable by creating more transportation options,” Haslam said in a press release.
 
Memphis is one of 14 communities to receive $10.2 million in Multimodal Access Fund Grants. The grants will fund infrastructure projects that support the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists by addressing gaps along the state highway network.
 
If you're wondering what multimodal means, TDOT has a film to explain: https://youtu.be/Lj2THdxLjJo.
 
Projects eligible under the Multimodal Access Fund Program include sidewalks and pedestrian crossing improvements, bus shelters, park and ride facilities, and bicycle lanes. 

Multimodal Access projects will be funded 95 percent by TDOT, with 5 percent funded by local matching funds. Total individual project costs will not exceed $1 million.
 
“Our responsibilities as a transportation agency go far beyond building roads and bridges,” Commissioner Schroer said in a press release. “Providing safe access for different modes of transportation ultimately creates a more complete and diverse network for our users. These projects are also extremely cost effective, which allows TDOT to make improvements in more areas across the state.”
 
The Multimodal Access Grant was created in 2013. TDOT has been able to fund 27 projects through a competitive grant process.

Specific details on the Union Avenue project have yet to be released. Stay with WMC Action News 5 for details and the complete story tonight on WMC Action News 5 at 6:00 pm.

For more information about the Multimodal Access Grant click here:
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/publictrans/fund.htm.

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