For Immediate Release: October 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today that improvements slated for State Route 29 (US 27) in Roane and Morgan Counties from State Route 61 in Harriman to south of Whetstone Road in Morgan County are still scheduled despite an earlier delay in the project. The delay was due to the expiration of federal funds under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act which governs federal surface transportation spending.
The project is the first leg of a larger plan to take the four lanes from Roane County to the Kentucky line through Morgan and Scott Counties.
Yager said the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has informed him the project is back on track after the Highway and Transportation Funding (HATFA) Act was signed into law in August. HATFA will provide states with partial highway funding through next May.
“Four-laning SR29 (US27) from Roane County through Morgan and Scott Counties is one of my top priorities,” said Senator Yager. “The completion of the project will contribute to the economic development of all three counties.”
“The federal law enacted in August provided partial funding from the Highway Trust Fund for the fiscal 2015 year, enabling TDOT to move forward with the improvements for this needed project. This is very important to our communities and I am very pleased the project is back on track,” Yager continued.
Yager said while the scheduled improvements were stalled, the design work was not stopped. “This helps to expedite the process in getting this project advertised and out for bid,” he said.
Advertising for the project is scheduled for January 15, with bidding opening on February 13.
Yager added, “I sincerely appreciate the support we have received from TDOT and particularly the commitment of Commissioner John Schroer to see this vital project to completion. We are grateful that TDOT has recognized this project as a priority and included it with the limited funds coming to Tennessee. We look forward to seeing these improvements completed.”
Senator Yager is Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.