(NASHVILLE) – The much-anticipated State Route 128 road construction project has been officially listed as a top priority by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Representative Vance Dennis (R–Savannah) and Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today. The news follows the release of state’s three year highway plan which lists funding priorities for Tennessee’s most sought after construction projects.
“I am very pleased to see that this project has reached the top of the priority list for the state,” said Representative Dennis. “Senator Gresham and myself have had numerous discussions with TDOT regarding the importance of improving traffic flow along this corridor. This project will also play a major role in future economic development, and hopefully we see the expansion of businesses along the route.”
“This project is imperative both for safety reasons and for the economic growth of our community,” said Senator Gresham. “I appreciate the Tennessee Department of Transportation working to see that this long overdue project is given priority.”
The project itself encompasses a two mile stretch of road from south of Opel Loop to US 64 on SR 128, which lies right in the heart of Savannah’s business district. It is a proposed 5-lane curb and gutter section with twelve foot lanes and a fourteen foot outside lane to accommodate bicycle traffic. The right of way acquisition is complete, and TDOT will be finalizing construction plans and acquiring the necessary water quality permits in anticipation of the project later this fall.
Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) praised the efforts of the local legislators. “Representative Dennis and Senator Gresham have worked tirelessly to see this plan come to fruition,” she said. “In Tennessee, we understand these types of vital infrastructure projects are absolutely crucial to spur economic growth and bring jobs to the region.”
Dennis and Gresham acknowledged that while the state has prioritized the project high on their list, the challenge lies with federal funding since TDOT receives approximately half of its funding from the federal government. Congress must act to fund the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and when it does, the project will be among the first to see support.
For more information on the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s comprehensive plan, please visit: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2014/ThreeYearProgram2015-2017.pdf
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