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No new state road projects planned for Obion County over next 3 years

No new state road projects planned for Obion County over next 3 years
No new road improvement projects are planned in Obion County under a new three-year state transportation improvement plan released last week by state transportation commissioner John Schroer.
The transportation plan includes about $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments for 96 individual project phases in 55 counties, as well as 10 statewide programs, according to a news release on the state’s website.
State Rep. Bill Sanderson, R-Kenton, told The Messenger earlier this week there are several road maintenance and improvement projects in Obion County. He cited the repaving of the Highway 51 bypass around Union City this past fall and ongoing work on Highway 45W from Kenton to Union City.
“We’ve got several projects going on in Obion County,” Sanderson said. “Everything in that three-year plan is new construction.”
Sanderson identified two other road maintenance projects in his House district — work on the Highway 22 extension in Lake County and work on the Highway 104 project in Dyer County.
He also cited the work that is taking place on I-69 in this region, which is a federal highway project.
“We are in dire need of maintenance and upkeep,” Sanderson said about his legislative district. As a member of the House Transportation Committee, he said is keeping a close watch on road projects in the region.
Tennessee is one of only five state’s that does not borrow money to fund projects, and the program continues the state department’s “pay as you go” philosophy, carrying no debt for any transportation initiatives.
Obion County is one of 26 counties included in the state’s Region 4. New road construction projects included in the state’s three-year transportation plan are scheduled in Fayette, Gibson, Carroll, Hardin, Haywood and Shelby counties.
“This program balances transportation needs across Tennessee, focusing on improvements to strategic corridors, maximizing economic development opportunities, and providing key safety improvements,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “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 three-year multimodal program funds improvements to the interstate system, including the addition of truck climbing lanes, ramp enhancements and interchange reconstruction projects.
The program dedicates funding to projects along strategic corridors such as US 27 in Roane, Morgan and Scott counties, US 79 in Carroll and Gibson counties and the completion of US 64 in Middle and 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,” Schroer said. “We are also continuing efforts to improve safety, reduce congestion, and provide access to communities.”
Under the plan, the state department will fund several projects aimed at stimulating economic development in communities across the state. The state department 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.
The state transportation department 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.
Published in The Messenger 4.18.12

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