Gov. Lee Concludes Statewide “Build With Us” Tour

Stops across rural & urban Tennessee to celebrate $3.3 B Transportation Modernization Act
Wednesday, July 19, 2023 | 08:33am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee concluded his statewide “Build with Us Tour”, which celebrated the landmark Transportation Modernization Act and highlighted seven key infrastructure priorities across rural and urban Tennessee.

Photos and b-roll of the “Build With Us” Tour can be viewed here.

“As Tennessee continues to lead the nation with record growth, the Transportation Modernization Act will prepare our state for long term economic success and expand opportunity in rural and urban communities, all without new taxes or debt,” said Gov. Lee. “I’m grateful to members of the General Assembly for their partnership in making these historic transportation investments, and I want to thank Commissioner Eley and the entire team at TDOT for their hard work to make life better for Tennesseans in every corner of the state.”

Gov. Lee kicked off the “Build With Us” Tour on June 1 in Fentress County, traveling across each Grand Division throughout June and July. Tour stops included:

·       Fentress County: Cumberland/Fentress SR-28 

·       Shelby County: I-55/Crump Interchange 

·       Madison County: I-40 Widening (US-412/SR-20 to SR-186/US-45)

·       Davidson County: I-40/Donelson Pike Interchange

·       Washington County: SR-34/Precision Blvd (Washington County Industrial Park)

·       Knox County: Alcoa Highway Corridor

·       Hamilton County: Apison Pike (I-75/East Brainerd Road)

Gov. Lee introduced the Transportation Modernization Act this year and signed it into law on April 17, following successful bipartisan passage in the Tennessee General Assembly. The plan creates a new transportation strategy and will invest an additional $3.3 billion to accommodate Tennessee’s record growth, address traffic congestion and meet transportation needs across rural and urban communities. 

The strategy will give the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) the resources needed to solve the state’s current and future mobility challenges, including seeking the use of public-private partnerships to preserve state funds for rural infrastructure priorities, exploring Choice Lanes to decrease congestion and increase economic impact statewide, and expanding the alternative delivery model to save taxpayer dollars and deliver road projects more efficiently.

“The Transportation Modernization Act will address critical infrastructure needs across rural and urban Tennessee, preparing our state for the future,” said Deputy Governor and TDOT Commissioner Butch Eley. “I commend the Governor and General Assembly for their leadership to prepare our state for continued economic growth and prosperity.”