Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance is Tennessee's advocate for adequate infrastructure. By educating public officials, Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance seeks to create support and awareness of infrastructure as well as the necessary funding for systems that promote commerce and safety throughout the State of Tennessee.
GOVERNOR LEE'S $600 MILLION FUNDING INITIATIVE
Tending to the future of our transportation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Lee’s fourth State of the State Address focused on Tennessee meeting its obligation to the future by investing over $600 million into road infrastructure. This undaunted action will pave the way for future economic growth and safety across the state.
Here’s a breakdown of the impact for Tennesseans:
The budget provides a non-recurring $100 million investment to TDOT to accelerate critical projects approved in the IMPROVE Act. The IMPROVE act secured the completion of 962 projects across the state. Projects include the expansion of Lamar Avenue in West Tennessee, Mack Hatcher Parkway and Interstate 440 in Middle Tennessee, and Alcoa Parkway in East Tennessee among many other projects.
The budget also provides an additional $519 million in non-recurring general fund dollars to the following TDOT departments for transportation projects:
$77 million for economic development projects
$266 million for statewide highway partnership projects
$176 million for rural interchange improvement projects.
“Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance commends Governor Bill Lee for his vision in investing in the future of surface transportation in Tennessee. There is not a city in the state that doesn’t have a traffic congestion issue and with the recent increase in traffic fatalities on our roadways now is the perfect time to invest in the improved operation and safety of our Interstate and State Highway System”
- Bill Moore
Chairman Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance
With the investments being put into Tennessee’s roads and bridges and specific funds for safety improvements Tennesseans will experience enhanced safety in our road system.
The growth Tennessee has experienced in the last decade resulted in stresses in congestion and safety. The 2020 to 2045 projected growth of 8.7 million Tennesseans, a 26% increase, will only complicate these and other concerns. Maintaining a great surface Transportation system is vital for Tennesseans and our motoring visitors. This funding will ensure a bright future for our roads and a better outlook on our economy.