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North Chancery, Locust crosswalk in design phase
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The driver of this Toyota 4Runner escaped injury after a two-vehicle collision Monday but was charged with DUI. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Placement of a crosswalk at North Chancery and Locust streets is taking tentative steps toward achievement. 

The city of McMinnville was awarded a Multimodal Access grant totaling $570,616 in April 2020 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Griggs & Maloney was selected by the city as consultants to work with TDOT on the design. 

“It’s currently in the design phase,” said city administrator Nolan Ming. 

Once the design phase is complete, a formal bidding process will begin. At that time, actual cost will be known. 

Planned for the intersection is reconfiguring the existing crosswalks and installing signalization. 

Economic and Community Development assistant director Virginia Alexander applied for the grant after receiving approval from city officials in October 2019. At that time, she estimated a “high end” project would be $690,000 with the city’s portion being $34,506. Multimodal Access Grants pay 95% of a project’s total cost, requiring a 5% local match.

“The high-end cost is the best of the best, all the bells and whistles,” she said. “It does seem a little high for one intersection but it’s also a larger intersection. You’ll be renovating the sidewalks and adding ADA ramps. It may not come in that high. With it being a grant application, you want to ask for as much as you can.”

Along with pedestrian signs on each corner to stop traffic when activated, the grant requested the installation of radar traffic sensors in place of traditional triggers in the roadway to activate the lights for waiting motorists.