City, county and community officials met at the 20th and Keith Street intersection Friday to welcome new technology onto the roadway.Health Educator Amy Davenport of the Bradley County Health …
City, county and community officials met at the 20th and Keith Street intersection Friday to welcome new technology onto the roadway.
Health Educator Amy Davenport of the Bradley County Health Department received a $10,000 grant earlier this year from the Tennessee Department of Health which has allowed the city and county, with the assistance of Cleveland Utilities, to install a new pedestrian signal at the intersection.
This punch-button system will allow pedestrians (walkers, jogger, and cyclists) to more easily navigate through the traffic at the very busy intersection. It will allow residents on the western side of Keith Street to cross over to the Cleveland Greenway on the eastern side, and allow others to return to the Stuart Elementary side of the four-lane highway.
The Greenway will eventually wind over into the Historic District of Cleveland, and into the Downtown area. This new signal will provide a safer journey across highly-traveled Keith Street.
Cleveland’s Protected Signal and Crossing Grant was awarded earlier this year and has been implemented=.
The $10,000 in funds were to be spent by June 30, but could extend into 2018 with the permission of the state health department. The 20th/Keith streets signal was installed some time earlier, but there were some problems with its operation.
Once those problems were resolved, the dedication of this safety crossing system was rescheduled for Friday.
In Davenport’s application for the grant, it was pointed out tobesity has increased by 34 percent in the community, and inactivity is at 37 percent.
She said this validates the need for Cleveland and Bradley County to expand opportunities and access for physical activity to help in the reduction of these alarming percentages. Safe access to different sections of the city, and community’s parks, walkways and bikeways, are a part of the overall plan.
The new pedestrian signal will be used to help increase safe access across one of the busiest thoroughfares for walkers and bikers.
Partners in this project included the Bradley County Health Department, Bradley County Health Council, Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, MPO coordinator Greg Thomas, Greenway board chairman Cameron Fisher, Cleveland city manager Joe Fivas, and city engineering and planning staff members Jonathan Jobe, Brian Beck, David Sheely and Corey Divel.
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