Governor & Commissioner Identify Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Four for Funding
Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 05:33am
NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer today released the three-year transportation program, which includes the completion of several major strategic corridor projects and the state’s Better Bridges bonding program. The three year program includes $1.7 billion for highways and bridges to fund more than 152 individual project phases in 59 Tennessee counties. The proposal, which has been presented to the Tennessee General Assembly, includes significant highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Two.
“A quality transportation system is vital to the continued growth of the state’s economy and increasing job opportunities for our residents,” said Governor Haslam. “The commissioner and I believe this three-year program balances the needs of communities across the state and makes solid investments in Tennessee’s infrastructure.”
TDOT’s Region Four includes Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, and Weakley counties.
“Taking a multi-modal approach to transportation planning allows TDOT to be responsive to the citizens of this state, tailoring projects to provide the greatest benefits in both our urban and rural areas,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The department will address a number of needs through this three-year program, including congestion relief, improving access to communities, and the replacement or repair of dozens of aging bridges.”
Transportation projects are funded through TDOT’s state and federal aid programs. These projects include the construction of nearly ten miles of I-269 in Shelby and Fayette Counties, the widening of State Route 86 (U.S. 72) in Shelby County. Also funded in the program is the completion of widening work along the U.S. 64 strategic corridor in Hardin County, and the widening of SR-22 in Lake County from Tiptonville to the Lake County Port. In Lauderdale County, State Route 208 will be widened from State Route 209 to State Route 208 at U.S. 51.
In addition to the highway projects listed, the replacement or rehabilitation of 17 bridges in Region 4 are funded through TDOT’s Better Bridges bonding program.
To view a complete list of projects and programs funded through the 2011-2014 three-year multimodal program visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/mediaroom/documents.htm. Video and audio clips with TDOT Commissioner Schroer regarding the three-year program are also available for download at http://www.youtube.com/user/TDOTnews and http://www.tn.gov/tdot/mediaroom/audio.htm. Project photos are available at http://www.flicker.com/photos/tndot/.
For more information:
TDOT Reg. 4 Community Relations Officer