(NASHVILLE, TN), September 14, 2011 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today he is encouraged after meeting with Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Shroer with plans to improve State Route 29 (U.S. 27) from Wartburg to Sunbright. Yager, who is Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, met with Shroer on Friday in Nashville to urge the Commissioner to include recommendations for improvements in the Department’s highway development plans.
“Improving U.S. 27 is one of my priorities,” said Senator Yager. “This is a major north–south corridor through Tennessee, and is one of only two north of Interstate 40. Widening and straightening U.S. 27 would assist the economic development of Morgan and Scott counties, as well as improving highway safety.”
Senator Yager said the proposed changes to improve the road are found in the Transportation Planning Report prepared by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The upgrades were recently approved by the Executive Committee of the East Tennessee North Rural Planning Organization, chaired by Morgan County Executive Don Edwards. Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals is a member of the committee.
“I appreciate the support of both the Morgan County Executive Don Edward and Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals. Their leadership was critical to get the proposal passed out of the committee.”
Senator Yager met with Commissioner Shroer to urge recommendation of the report in TDOT’s three-year plan of work which the legislature requires the Commissioner to submit annually. The meeting followed a letter from Yager also urging adop