published Monday, January 6th, 2014

Fort Oglethorpe getting $3 million to improve look of LaFayette Road

A sign sits off LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., directing motorists to the Chickamauga Battlefield. A $2 million grant has been obtained to improve LaFayette Road leading to the Chickamauga Battlefield.
A sign sits off LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., directing motorists to the Chickamauga Battlefield. A $2 million grant has been obtained to improve LaFayette Road leading to the Chickamauga Battlefield.
Photo by C. B. Schmelter.

Fort Oglethorpe officials announced this afternoon that the city will get $3 million from the federal government to improve the appearance of LaFayette Road between the Chickamauga Battlefield and Battlefield Parkway.

"It's going to turn that stretch of road into a showpiece," Mayor Lynn Long said at a news conference at City Hall.

The grant will pay for such things as new sidewalks, landscaping and putting power lines underground.

The grant is the largest one the Appalachian Regional Commission has ever made in Georgia.

It's meant to help enhance residents' quality of life and help grow tourism, Gretch Cobrin, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, said in a statement.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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