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DOT Awards $6M for Long-Term Truck Parking Projects

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Jul 02, 2010 @ 02:29 AM

Tennessee has landed a federal grant aimed at making sure truck drivers have safe places to sleep along Interstate 40.


The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Tennessee Department of Transportation part of a $6 million grant for projects to address a shortage of long-term parking for commercial vehicles along interstates. According to Tennessee DOT spokeswoman Nichole Lawrence, the department will receive $800,000 for its SmartPark initiative, which has been in development for five years.


"Our proposal was to incorporate Intelligent Transportation System components to reduce unsafe and illegal overnight truck parking on interstate exit ramps and highway shoulders," Lawrence said. 


The American Trucking Association applauded the grant, which also gave to projects in Utah, Mississippi, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.


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