published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Summerville to get $500,000 downtown makeover


by Adam Crisp

Downtown Summerville, Ga., will get a $500,000 makeover from the Georgia Department of Transportation that will link several key historic elements in the Chattooga County seat.

The Transportation Enhancement Grant funding was announced today by the DOT and State Rep. Barbara Massey-Reece, D-Menlo, Ga.

The Summerville Streetscape project will improve the transportation and pedestrian infrastructure through the heart of downtown Summerville by tying together various historic sites.

The improved downtown will provide a link between four of the city’s most notable historic landmarks: the railroad depot, the railroad turntable, the Couey House, and the Chattooga County Courthouse.

Previous DOT projects restored the historic Summerville Depot and the train turntable.

Project elements will include new sidewalks, handicap accessibility, new street planters, landscaping, and period street lighting.

“I am delighted to assist both the City of Summerville and Chattooga County,” Rep. Reese said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Adam Crisp...

Adam Crisp covers education issues for the Times Free Press. He joined the paper's staff in 2007 and initially covered crime, public safety, courts and general assignment topics. Prior to Chattanooga, Crisp was a crime reporter at the Savannah Morning News and has been a reporter and editor at community newspapers in southeast Georgia. In college, he led his student paper to a first-place general excellence award from the Georgia College Press Association. He earned ...

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