Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) released a three-year (2007-2009) Multi-modal 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’s long range planning process, we worked strategically to develop a needs-based project list. The process involved 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,” Bredesen said. “The projects address the needs of the transportation system, improve safety on our highways and will continue to spur economic growth across the state.”
The Long Range Transportation Plan includes a provision for the yearly issuance of a three-year multi-modal 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.
Some of the programs included in the plan are:
• Implementation of the Safe Routes to Schools Program.
• Continuation of the Federal Aid Bridge Replacement Program.
• Further implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems across Tennessee.
• Projects to address air quality through the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program.
• Improving access and capacity on the interstate system.
• Continuing the four-lane County Seat Connectors initiative.
• Continuing support of Tennessee’s urban and rural transit providers.
For more information, visit www.state.tn.us/tdot.