Hamilton County, Chattanooga agencies both receive Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award

Hamilton County, Chattanooga agencies both receive Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award

September 18th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Beth Knoll, left, and Shari Pilgrim walk on the newly-opened section of the Riverwalk near the former U.S. Pipe facility in this Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, staff file photo.

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

Chattanooga and Hamilton County both have been named winners of the 2018 Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award, according to a news release.

The award is sponsored by the Tennessee departments of environmental conservation and transportation. They were announced today at the fourth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum and Expo.

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation won for its $1 million remake of Martin Luther King Boulevard between Georgia and Central avenues.

The release said CDOT performed a street safety analysis and sought public input on how to improve the area for multimodal access. Using that information, the city remade the street with one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane, striped bike lanes and revitalized sidewalk access, while lowering vehicle speed limits.

"These features contribute to the safety of the road as well as to the feasibility of multimodal transportation," according to the release.

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation received the award for the most recent three-mile extension of the Tennessee Riverwalk.

"Hamilton County Parks and Recreation has expanded a significant alternative transportation corridor by creating a multi-use path and safe pedestrian/bike connection through a previously inaccessible gauntlet of active industrial properties, three railroads, an interstate, city streets and brownfields," the release states. "The pathway also highlights Chattanooga's river port heritage and revitalizes the area through the creation of public art gallery spaces. To make the experience truly immersive, the landscape architects developed a mobile app for the Tennessee Riverpark, which includes georeferenced maps, videos and augmented reality features."

Other winners included Averitt Express, for a variety of steps it took to increase fuel efficiency; the city of Kingsport, for converting its municipal vehicle fleet to propane fuel; Cumberland International, a sales, parts and service provider for trucks and trailers, also for steps taken to raise fuel efficiency; Hytch, LLC, whose smartphone app that encourages users to carpool, take public transit or ride-hailing services has sponsored more than 43,000 rides and resulted in 1.6 million vehicle miles avoided; Tennessee State Parks, for switching its 650 golf carts from gas to electric; and Vanderbilt University, for introducing a dockless bike sharing system on campus.