Governor & Commissioner Identify Transportation Projects in TDOT’s Region Two for Funding
Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 05:38am
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 Two includes Bledsoe, Bradley, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White 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 in TDOT’s Region Two will be funded through TDOT’s state and federal aid program. The program funds several projects to relieve congestion in Chattanooga and surrounding areas, including three separate projects to widen U.S. 27 from I-24 in Chattanooga to Highway 127 in Red Bank. Reconstruction of the interchange on I-75 at Exit 20 in Bradley County is funded through the program, as well as the construction of State Route 462, a northwest connector in Cumberland County that will go from U.S. 70 to U.S. 70 North in Crossville. A project to widen a nearly 4 mile section of State Route 30 in McMinn County from 2 lanes to four lanes is also funded for construction.
In addition to the highway projects listed above, TDOT is also funding the preliminary engineering on a project to implement its Intelligent Transportation System on I-24 over Monteagle Mountain in Coffee, Grundy and Marion Counties which will include cameras and motorist information.
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. 2 Community Relations Officer