Haslam, TDOT unveil ~$1.5 billion infrastructure plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gov. Bill Haslam along with TDOT commissioner John Dhroer released a three-year infrastructure improvement plan on Thursday. The plan, which is expected to cost the state around $1.5 billion, includes 96 project phases in 55 counties as well ten statewide projects.

“This program balances transportation needs across Tennessee, focusing on improvements to strategic corridors, maximizing economic development opportunities, and providing key safety improvements,” said Governor Haslam. “A quality transportation system is vital to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs and the continued growth of the state’s economy.”

The plan calls for improvements to the interstate system, such as truck climbing lanes, ramp enhancements, and interchange reconstruction projects. It also allocates money for projects along "strategic" corricdors, like US 27 in Roane, Morgan, and Scott Counties. Other corridors identified for improvement include US 79 in Carroll and Gibson Counties and the completionof US 64 in west Tennessee.

“We have worked diligently to develop a multimodal program that maximizes the dollars available to Tennessee and provides positive improvements in our urban and rural areas,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “We are also continuing efforts to improve safety, reduce congestion, and provide access to communities.”

To view a complete list of projects and programs funded through the 2012-2015 three-year multimodal program visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/documents/TDOT3yrPlan.pdf

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