The lighting project was set to cost the city $4 million from its motel/hotel tax fund. (Photo: Contributed)
City officials removed a proposed lighting project, which recently drew criticism,for the Walnut Street Bridge from the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget Tuesday.
Because of the bridges historical significance, the city must secure approvals from the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Office and the TennesseeDepartment of Transportation to ensure the bridges character will not be compromised by the new design before the project can move forward, officials said.
We feel the most prudent move we can make at this point would be to remove the lighting project from the City Councils consideration of the FY19 budget, City Communications Director Richel Albright said in an email. This will allow us the time we need to continue to move this project through a complicated and time-intensive regulatory and approval process.
Last week, the project received criticism from city council members and citizens because some said that the money could be more wisely spent.
The budget allocated $4 million of internal funds and external donations for the project.
Internal funds come from motel/hotel ...