Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced Thursday that the city of Dickson will receive a $595,461 grant for phase III of the downtown revitalization project. It marks the third Transportation Alternative Grant approved for the project since 2009 and brings the total state dollars in the project to almost $2.5 million. A former mayor of Franklin before becoming part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s cabinet, Schroer said he and the governor understand how exciting getting such a grant is for a city and how vitally important a thriving downtown can be. “One of the things that he and I both understand is how important the revitalization of downtowns are to communities and how much it means not only to the people that are living in this community but for people that you are trying to entice to come and put their businesses here and to put capital investments in this community,” Schroer said. Mayor Don Weiss said the city is waiting for notice to proceed from TDOT to seek bids for the second phase of the project, for which it received a $627,782 grant last year. Completed in 2011, phase I consisted of new sidewalks, decorative lighting, crosswalks, brick pavers and other amenities on Main Street from Murrell Street to south of the railroad tracks and began with a $1.5 million grant in 2009. Phase II plans to continue those improvements to West Walnut Street and then expand east and west of Main Street. Phase III will continue the same improvements on the blocks on either side of Main Street and could extend the project farther north.