Funds are part of a 10-Year Project Plan unveiled by TDOT Monday

Nashville – Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) today announced $322 million for local infrastructure projects in Putnam County as part of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) 10-Year Project Plan. 

“This substantial funding boost will help ease congestion and improve safety on our local roads,” said Speaker Sexton. “I appreciate Chairman Williams, Gov. Lee, TDOT, and our House members for their effective, committed partnership as we all continue working together to address immediate, emerging, and long-term transportation and infrastructure needs in our community and across Tennessee.”

The funds are part of a 10-Year Project Plan unveiled by TDOT Monday, which provides a roadmap for $15 billion in state and federal funding over the next decade to address transportation needs and ease congestion.

Funding includes the annual TDOT work program budget of approximately $1.2 billion over 10 years and a $3 billion appropriation from the state’s general fund provided through the Transportation Modernization Act. Fifty-five percent of the $15 billion in total funding is identified for construction projects reflected on the 10-year project plan list, with the remaining 45% budgeted for programs TDOT allocates annually based on need.

“Our community continues to experience considerable growth and we must ensure we target projects from start to finish that can solve our evolving infrastructure demands,” said Chairman Williams. “Thanks to Speaker Sexton, Gov. Lee, TDOT, and the General Assembly, this strategic plan and its substantial funding investment will solidify our local infrastructure while enhancing economic growth throughout this community.”

Projects and funding amounts in Putnam County included as part of the 10-Year Project Plan are:

1. SR 135 Widening – $69.7 million

2. I-40 Truck Lane (MM 290 – 300) – $193 million

3. SR 136 Interchange – $57.4 million

4. SR 135 and West Jackson Street – $1.5 million

Passed by the General Assembly in 2023, the Transportation Modernization Act allows TDOT to enter into Public-Private Partnerships to deliver Choice Lanes, expands alternative delivery capabilities and creates parity between electric vehicle and combustion engine vehicle owners.

Additional information about TDOT’s 10-Year-Project Plan is available HERE.

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