Updated: January 7, 2014 at 4:15 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has received a $3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a project aimed at transforming Fort Oglethorpe's downtown and entrance to the nearby Chickamauga Battlefield.
Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin said Monday the project will be a "game-changer" and the street improvements will enhance both the visitor experience and the quality of life of nearby residents.
The battlefield is the nation's oldest and largest Civil War battlefield, and attracts some 1 million visitors annually.
Officials say the money will be used by Fort Oglethorpe and the Georgia Department of Transportation to transform LaFayette Road into a gateway to the park. The work will feature nearly a mile of improvements including sidewalks with landscaped vegetation, landscaped medians, bike lanes and crosswalks.