Friday, December 18, 2009

Daffodils On The Way To Monterey

Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that the state will provide a Tennessee Roadscapes Grant in the amount of $18,900 to the town of Monterey in Putnam County. Bredesen said, "These funds will help make improvements along the roadways that serve as the front door to our communities." The Monterey Roadscapes project includes planting some 10,000 daffodil bulbs at two Interstate 40 exits (300 and 301). Once planted, officials say the daffodil bulbs will reappear each spring and will continue to multiply each year providing a beautiful, naturalized landscape. The Tennessee Roadscapes initiative was developed in 2006 as a partnership between community organizations across the state and TDOT to create inviting spaces through an integrated approach to roadside landscaping. TDOT funds 80 percent of the cost of a project with the grant recipient contributing the remaining 20 percent. Grants are derived from federal funds that are specifically earmarked for roadway enhancement projects.