Funding for Phase I of Peavine Road improvements have been included in a three-year transportation plan for the state of Tennessee. The project includes widening Peavine Road from Firetower Road to east of Lakeview Drive, for a total of 2.9 miles.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer last week released the transportation program, which features about $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments for 96 individual project phases in 55 counties, as well as 10 statewide programs.
State Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) said, "We have worked hard over the last two years with Senator Charlotte Burks, TDOT and Gov. Haslam to secure funding for the construction of Phase 1 on Peavine Road. Today's announcement is great news for the long-term economic growth of Fairfield Glade, as well as Cumberland County."
"This project has had tremendous community support and has been almost two decades in the making. I am honored to have continued the work of my predecessors and move this road project from a planning phase to a funded construction phase."
House Transportation Chairman Rep. Phillip Johnson (R-Pegram) said, "This is a great announcement for Cumberland and Fairfield Glade. We are proud to partner with Cumberland County and with Rep. Sexton to get phase one completed. I'd also like to thank Gov. Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner Schroer for the strong support the project received from the state."
Also included in the three-year plan is right-of-way acquisition for a portion of the Hwy. 127 North project, from north of Interstate 40 to near Legion Road, for a total of 4.6 miles.
The three-year multimodal program funds improvements to the interstate system, including the addition of truck climbing lanes, ramp enhancements, and interchange reconstruction projects.
TDOT is one of only five state DOTs that does not borrow money to fund projects, and the program continues TDOT's "pay as you go" philosophy, carrying no debt for any transportation initiatives.
“This program balances transportation needs across Tennessee, focusing on improvements to strategic corridors, maximizing economic development opportunities, and providing key safety improvements,” said Gov. 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.”
Under the plan, TDOT will fund several projects aimed at stimulating economic development in communities across the state, including U.S. 78 (Lamar Avenue) in Memphis and a new interchange on I-65 at SR 109 in Sumner and Robertson counties. TDOT will use an innovative approach to accelerate the reconstruction of the interchange at I-40 and SR 222 to facilitate access to the West Tennessee Megasite in Haywood and Fayette counties.
The program includes dedicated funding for 10 transportation programs including Rockfall Mitigation, Spot Safety Improvement and the statewide HELP Program. It also provides funding for transit agencies, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations and private non-profit organizations in all 95 counties in Tennessee. TDOT will also administer funding for rehabilitation projects for shortline railways and bridges in several Tennessee counties as well as programs that provide for improvements at the state’s airports.