Gov. Phil Bredesen today released a three-year (2007-2009) multi-model work program for the state of Tennessee. The proposal includes 169 transportation projects and programs, including 112 individual highway projects, 27 transit, water, rail and aviation initiatives and 31 transportation programs serving Tennesseans across the state.

"Through the Department of Transportation’s Long Range planning process, we have worked strategically to develop a needs-based project list. The process involved many citizens, local officials, transportation planners, stakeholders, and legislators across the state.

"It requires new projects to meet specific criteria in order to be funded, and continues to fulfill the state’s commitment to complete projects already in the development phase,” said Bredesen. “The projects address the needs of the transportation system, improve safety on our highways and will continue to spur economic growth across the state."

"This is encouraging. We have worked for years on getting funding for these projects. We may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

The Long Range Transportation Plan includes a provision for the yearly issuance of a 3-year multi-model plan for projects and programs that will enable the state to achieve Tennessee's transportation vision as outlined in the plan. TDOT will have an estimated budget of $1.7 billion for the next fiscal year.

“This new project listing includes funding for various phases of project development including location and environmental studies, preliminary engineering, right of way acquisition, construction, and includes many operational components,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We have a very solid three year project forecast here that represents a fair distribution of the department’s overall budget across the state.”

Nicely explained that the 2007-2009 multi-modal work program lists projects funded for the various stages of development in the first year of the plan. It also proposes funding for a portion of the second and third year plans leaving flexibility for additional projects in those years.

Cumberland County has five projects included in the work program.

“State Route 28 and State Route 101 are both very important routes in Cumberland County.  Any improvements made on these roads will benefit the citizens of Cumberland County and will make a difference in the safety and flow of traffic in that area,” said Senator Charlotte Burks.

In Fiscal Year 2007, a Cumberland County project is funded for additional preliminary engineering for the improvement of the 7.6 mile section of US-127 (State Route 28) from I-40 to Lickfork Creek.

Also in Fiscal Year 2007, a Cumberland and Fentress County project is funded for preliminary engineering for the improvement of the 6.2 mile section of US-127 (State Route 28) from Lickfork Creek to State Route 62 at Clarkrange.  The department is working with a Citizens Resource Team to study alternatives for these routes. The environmental documents are being developed. 

In Fiscal Year 2009, a Cumberland County project is funded for right-of-way for the widening of State Route 101 (Peavine Rd.) from Firetower Rd. to Westchester Drive/ Catoosa Blvd. in Fairfield Glade. The 5.4 mile widening will consist of four traffic lanes with a center left-turn lane. The cross section varies from a curb and gutter section to a roadway with 12-foot shoulders. The right-of-way width varies from 84 feet to 150 feet.

In Fiscal Year 2008, a Cumberland County project is funded for construction for the widening of State Route 101 (Lantana Rd.) from State Route 282 to State Route 392. The 2.8 mile improvement will consist of four traffic lanes, a center left-turn lane, shoulders, curb and gutter and sidewalks within an approximate right-of-way width of 104 feet. The design speed is 45 mph.

In Fiscal Year 2009, a Cumberland County project is funded for construction for the widening of a 4.6 mile section of Hwy. 127 (State Route 28) from south of State Route 68 to Cleveland Street in Crossville. The proposed improvement will consist of four traffic lanes, a center left-turn lane, shoulders, curb and gutter and sidewalks within an approximate right-of-way width of 104 feet. The design speed is 45 mph.

TDOT’s complete Long Range Transportation Plan which includes a 25-year strategy for the future of transportation for the state can be viewed at www.state.tn.us/tdot.

Rep. Eric Swafford is also a member of the Tennessee General Assembly representing Cumberland County.

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